Last December I had a rare opportunity to meet Bay Area icon, architect Donald L. Hardison. Mr. Hardison, a fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) 1966, designed many commercial spaces in the East Bay as well as a handful of residential properties. Lucky for my clients, Susan and Greg, his work included a fabulous mid-century modern home in the El Cerrito hills that they were fortunate enough to score. After house hunting for 3 years, looking specifically for mid-century modern properties they stumbled upon this "it" house. Sure that it would be snatched up instantly with multiple offers; and uninterested in the emotional roller coaster of a bidding war they did not pounce on the property. After a few weeks on the market they called me, and the rest is history. To their surprise and due to the timing of the market, (It was late November) they were able to get this fine home without competition. The icing on the cake was discovering that the architect was still living and residing only a few blocks away. Our final walk through had a special guest appearance by none other than Donald and (his wife) Betty Hardison. They were gracious and warm and gave Susan and Greg all of the details about the neighborhood, the original family who hired him, and the construction of the house. Priceless!