2835 Morley, Oakland

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There is no mention of it in the listing but this intriguing Piedmont Pines mid-century is the work of one of our favorite local design-builders, Marv Gunderson. Gunderson was responsible for a number of homes along Morley, each carefully designed to take advantage of difficult lots. This particular example stacks several layers of intertwined spaces on a steep downslope lot with private outdoor spaces on each level. It is a considered solution from a practitioner known for his creativity and attention to detail.

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21 Mosswood, Berkeley

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Mosswood Road is best known today as the location of a number of impressive residences designed by Julia Morgan’s associate Walter Steilberg, but before Steilberg made his mark on the brief thoroughfare there were already several lovely homes there. This exceptional shingle style is one of them. Its interiors manage to be at once rustic and extremely refined with nearly every surface clad in wood. It is a beautiful example of First Bay Region architecture at its very best, effortlessly transforming unembellished raw materials into distinguished spaces that feel intimately connected with the surrounding terrain.

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7341 Pebble Beach, El Cerrito

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Ted Moist studied physics in college but after working as a Liberty Ship designer in the Kaiser Shipyards during the war he decided to pursue a career in architecture during peacetime. He would go on to work briefly with classmate Don Hardison before opening his own practice in Oakland. Moist designed a number of residences around the East Bay but this home he designed for himself in El Cerrito is perhaps the most compelling. With carefully curated outdoor spaces and public rooms that seem to radiate out from the central hearth there is much to admire here.

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21 Norwood, Kensington

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Our featured home today is another beautiful post and beam mid-century by Harry Nakahara. Nakahara’s designs have an understated elegance and simplicity that is missing in the more rustic work of some of his contemporaries. This home is no exception with his trademark spare detailing and carefully crafted spaces on display around every corner.

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21095 Gary #311, Hayward

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Edificionado is pleased to represent the sellers of this tastefully upgraded top floor condominium in the Mesa Verde complex in Hayward. Mesa Verde was built by local Hayward developer Ken Earp over more than a decade from the late 70s through the early 90s in a style that is probably best described as a hybrid of late Third Bay Region and Mediterranean. It occupies a prominent location at the junction of 238 and 580 with views across the bay, miles of walking trails, and multiple pools and recreation facilities. Despite his familiarity with local tastes, Earp himself was not a native Californian. He moved to the Bay Area from Tennessee when he was in the Air Force and quickly made a name for himself in Hayward where he settled. He would return to Tennessee after 40 years to retire where he grew up, but while he was here he made a significant and lasting impact on the shape of the central East Bay.

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61 Oak Ridge, Berkeley

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This picturesque Spanish colonial revival is attributed to San Francisco architect Clarence Tantau. Tantau was the rare period revival designer that worked almost exclusively in the Spanish style. One might surmise that this would lead to a great deal of repetition in his work but on the contrary it made his designs some of the most creative ventures of the era. His easy familiarity with the various tropes allowed him stretch them to his needs while still remaining true to the underlying idiom.

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5811 Scarborough, Oakland

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Our featured home today is a beautiful post and beam mid-century designed by Robert Goetz and Jens Hansen. Goetz and Hansen were both Bay Area natives but their homes tended to skew more toward the clean lines of Southern California modernism than the woodsy rusticism of the North. This particular example is no exception with its spare ornamentation and simple geometry. It also boasts plenty of Goetz and Hansen’s trademark lattice work which was a defining feature of many of their commissions during this period.

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83 Wisteria, Atherton

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There are only a handful of Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the Bay Area so it is a rare treat whenever one comes on the market. Particularly one so beautifully preserved as is the Mathews house. It is one of Wright’s Usonian homes which were typically of a single story and based on a simple geometric grid. In this case the grid is triangular which makes for some especially interesting spaces both inside and out. All of Wright’s storied attention to detail and enormous creativity is on display here and still as inspiring today as it was when the home was new.

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9 Arden, Berkeley

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Today we feature a beautiful shingle style duplex designed by Theodore Bernardi. Bernardi joined William Wurster’s firm ten years after it opened and together with Donn Emmons became partners soon thereafter. Here he demonstrates his immense creativity with carefully crafted interior spaces framing long views across Berkeley. The second unit above is a charming added bonus.

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735 Cragmont, Berkeley

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This impressive modernist residence is the work of Don Olsen who was one of the few Bay Area designers to embrace the international style that was much more prevalent in other parts of the country. His homes stand out here for their purity of line and crisp geometric massing among the shingled and rough-hewn mid-century structures that are more common in our local environ. This particular example was blessed with the addition of a late 70s saddlebag at Olsen’s hand as well making it a unique opportunity to see his distinctive perspective at two points in his career.

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