Category Archives: Storybook

176 Mountain Canyon, Alamo

This unusual storybook home is likely the work of local design-builder Doug Allinger. Allinger was the longtime protege of innovative craftsman Carr Jones whose mature style was characterized by a flamboyant and idiosyncratic use of masonry to create undulating organic … Continue reading

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2333 Rose, Berkeley

This staggering storybook Norman revival was designed and built by William Needham who was a local Berkeley real estate magnate and, it would seem, a particularly creative residential designer as well. There are numerous structures around Berkeley that at one … Continue reading

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2573 Buena Vista, Berkeley

Our featured home today is a picturesque storybook residence designed by William Garren for his own family. It is one of only two structures in Berkeley that Garren designed on his own, having spent most of his career in a … Continue reading

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67 Stonecastle, Alamo

It is exceedingly rare to have the opportunity to rent a home designed by one of the Bay Area’s most respected local architects even for a short period, so finding a long term rental like the one we feature today … Continue reading

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66 Stonecastle, Alamo

We wrote about this stunning Carr Jones storybook home three years ago when it was on the market as a foreclosure. Jones was not given credit for the home then, nor is he now, but it is clearly his handiwork. … Continue reading

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85 Wildwood Gardens, Piedmont

Our featured home today is an exceptional Piedmont residence designed by Carr Jones in his idiosyncratic and inimitable storybook style. The home is lavishly appointed with Jones’ trademark brickwork and glazed gables and rusticated lumber. It is a truly spectacular … Continue reading

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51 Forest, Berkeley

This fanciful Berkeley storybook is one of a cluster of three charming homes that appear to be variations on a single plan. The grouping makes for an interesting and relatively isolated pocket of period revival flavor encountered while rounding the … Continue reading

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