Category Archives: Ranch

245 Los Altos, Kensington

Today we feature a rambling hilltop ranch perched at the edge of Tilden Park. The home was designed by lesser known local architect Alvin Fingado. Fingado graduated from Berkeley before WWII and like Donald Olsen and many other Bay Area … Continue reading

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7 Charles Hill, Orinda

The Harold Manor house is an extremely early ranch style residence designed by Clarence Mayhew in the late 30s. The home was an ambitious and forward looking undertaking at the time which garnered much acclaim and was widely published in … Continue reading

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2197 Andrews, Oakland

This unusual brick ranch was on the market a couple of years ago in need of a bit of love but showing a great deal of promise. Today it is back and looking much improved. It was built by Charles … Continue reading

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19 Sotelo, Piedmont

Our featured home today is a fairly late ranch style residence designed by Orinda architect Robert Klemmedson. The home has a decidedly Asian flavor both inside and out with plenty of shoji screens and spare wood detailing. Klemmedson had a … Continue reading

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325 Camino Sobrante, Orinda

This time capsule Orinda mid-century is a particularly thoughtful take on the familiar ranch house. Its low and sprawling form is punctuated with large expanses of glass and masonry adding a bit of contrasting texture to its long silhouette. Inside, … Continue reading

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6100 Johnston, Oakland

This handsome Montclair mid-century is a particularly thoughtful variation on the familiar ranch form. Its carefully arranged spaces and judicious use of wood and brick make for especially compelling interiors while its raw wood exterior adds a bit of rustic … Continue reading

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181 Manzanita, Orinda

Today we feature a charming Orinda ranch that appears to be almost entirely original. The home is a great representation of the brief mid-century infatuation with unfinished adobe or slump bricks. The hand-wrought texture and the natural color of the … Continue reading

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107 Bates, Orinda

Today we feature an intriguing Orinda ranch in virtually untouched original condition. The home was designed by Robert Klemmedson and while its basic form is fairly typical, the detailing is decidedly Asian. Japanese architecture in particular was very influential on … Continue reading

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4200 Walnut, Walnut Creek

Our featured home today is an intriguing Walnut Creek ranch. The home is in need of a bit of restoration, but it boasts some truly inspiring spaces full of great period fabric – a great opportunity to build some sweat … Continue reading

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54 Inverleith, Peidmont

This intriguing Piedmont ranch appears to have taken a number of design cues from the showy Miller and Warnecke Tudor next door. The basic form is definitely mid-century, but the mock half timbering and brick understory definitely give the home … Continue reading

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