336 Castle Crest, Alamo

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Jordan Mossa, J Rockcliff

Today we feature an interesting Alamo home designed by influential Bay Area architects Fisher Friedman. The home was built quite early in the firm’s history and it is designed in a decidedly Third Bay Region style. It was widely featured in the shelter press when it was new because of its compelling spaces and ample views. Fisher Friedman was absorbed by the firm NBBJ in 2010 but their impact on the shape of the Bay Area in the 70s and 80s cannot be overstated. This early example of their residential work is a nice reminder of where the company began.

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1321 Bay View, Berkeley

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Bebe McRae, Grubb

This exceptional First Bay Region home was designed by Bernard Maybeck for Berkeley German professor JH Senger. It is a complex structure showcasing Maybeck’s playful and creative use of unusual combinations of details. Here he has combined Tudor half timbering and traditional shingle style exterior elements. The house is lavishly appointed inside with grand public spaces that showcase Maybeck’s immense talent for the dramatic. It is this immense creativity and unbridled love of invention that makes Maybeck’s work so admired still today.

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123 Monte, Piedmont

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Jane Anderson, Grubb

Our featured home today is a lovely and highly symmetrical shingle style built at the turn of the century for three generations of Stratton women. Jeannie Stratton was a young widow at 34 when the home was constructed, but she was obviously fairly secure financially since she was able to build such a substantial house for her young daughter and her mother. The home would remain in the Stratton family for many years with little alteration to its impressive period detailing and today it is a charming reminiscence of early Piedmont.

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739 Bay Tree, El Cerrito

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Anne Politeo, Marvin Gardens

This beautiful post and beam mid-century is tucked away on a short street in the El Cerrito Hills. The home is clearly the work of a talented designer with carefully choreographed spaces and a variety of interesting textures – yet another of the many impressive modernist residences for which El Cerrito is best known.

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8648 Thors Bay, El Cerrito

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Karen Moss, Marvin Gardens

Today we feature a fairly understated late Bay Region mid-century perched atop the El Cerrito Hills. The home boasts beautifully wooded interiors carefully arranged to capture long views across the bay. The living room is a particularly compelling space with an inviting hearth flanked by towering windows on two sides.

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175 Pershing, Oakland

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Cathy Truelove, Alain Pinel

Our featured home today is a handsome Spanish colonial revival attributed to prolific local designers Miller & Warnecke. It is a rambling structure, lavishly appointed with hand-adzed beams, wrought iron, and plenty of colorful tile – everything one might hope for in a carefully composed period revival designed by one of the East Bay’s best.

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5380 Shafter, Oakland

Click picture for additional photos and complete listing courtesy of Carla Buffington, Compass

This picturesque late Victorian was one of the very first homes built in the Shafter neighborhood when it was just farmland on the northernmost edge of Oakland. It was still two decades before the passenger train service would start rolling down Shafter Avenue and bringing with it the families to fill up all of the new bungalows being built there. Today, the home remains full of period detail. It is a nice reminder of a time when much of North Oakland was still fairly rural and quite different from what it is today.

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