A few months ago I featured mid-century signs in Oakland and Berkeley and the sign below missed the cut. This cool 3-D mid-century sign is on MacArthur Boulevard in Oakland. (In the Laurel district)
My clients Jill and Cory just closed escrow on a 1953 mid-century ranch house in the Oakland Hills. When I first saw this house on the multiple listing service, I knew this house had potential. Homes built in the mid-century typically have steel reinforced foundations and gauging from the information provided, it looked to be a mainly cosmetic fixer. Additionally, many of the cool mid-century details were still intact. I could see past the orange paint and green carpets and I knew this middle-aged rancher was a diamond in the rough. Check out the Nutone doorbell chimes and the vintage mid-century fish tiles in the bathroom. Jill and Cory have agreed to let me share their renovation journey and I will bring you a progress report - photo journal soon.
Down the street from Pixar Studios is the David Baker designed lofts at 1500 Park Street. This is one of my favorite loft spaces in the East Bay. This building is in an ultra urban area of Emeryville and boasts the most lush, secluded garden as the entry. Once inside this building you will feel like you are in Eames territory. With a maple plywood mailbox area to the floor to ceiling windows, the modern space gives a nod to mid-century modernist.
Currently listed in this building is unit 223 offered at $249,300. (Listed with Jason of All Emeryville Properties) This is a below market rate unit for moderate household incomes making $75,000 per year as a single person or $85,700 combined for a couple. Click Here for more information regarding the City of Emeryville and below market rates. The first time home buyer coordinator for the City of Emeryville is Janet Peterson, 510-596-4316. It is important to note that if you purchase a home at a below market rate, you will have to sell your property at a below market rate, unless you own this unit for 25 years. (From my understanding, below market rates are set by the county of Alameda, and prices change with the economy. Please call Janet if you have more questions.)
Preserve the old! I love these vintage mid-century signs in Oakland and Berkeley, a quick reminder of yesteryear. Signs that have withstood the rain, earthquakes, wind, and decades of life in the Bay Area.
Yesterday after I held open 5740 Ayala Street in lower Rockridge, (a pristine craftsman home with impeccable natural wood trim, wainscoting and built-ins. and vintage details.) I headed over to view 492 58th Street, (in Oakland). The buzz around town is that this born in 1900 home in lower Rockridge (a bungalow turned mod pod) was the house to see. This home is a design buffs dream! The bathroom in the main house has hand applied stucco walls that are silky smooth and designed to withstand water and the steamy conditions of a hot shower. Every nook and cranny is engineered to efficiently store the items in your life. The washer and dryer are hidden in a wall of white cabinets and the there is big chunks of natural wood built-in benches and bookcases. Of course the yummy home furnishings and lush yet simple gardens enhanced my viewing experience. 492 58th Street in Oakland has a two bedroom, one bathroom main house and a one bedroom, one bathroom guest house. (Listed with Ron Kriss of Lawton and Associates for $750,000.) This pad is available now, but offers are due this Thursday. Click here to view this Oakland home on Dwell.com. (If you love high style and mid-century modern homes this is a must see.)
Last Sunday I held 6251 Contra Costa Road open for my colleague Pat Leaper. This home has over 6000 square feet of living space and is truly a unique property. Designed by award winning architect Martin Borenstein as his personal residence, this dwelling gives a nod to mid-century modern. This flat roof house with floor to ceiling windows and radiant heated floors has stunning views and an observation deck that is a show stopper. The Borenstein home can easily shelter two large families as it is two houses rolled into one, two kitchens, two fireplaces, two entries, multiple decks and did I say views? This is a great piece of land and has endless possibilities! This home is now available for $1,995,000.
For those of you who read this blog you probably know that I have a soft spot for all things mid-century modern, the furniture, the architecture and yes the cartoons. Recently, MidCenturyModernist.com did a profile of the Incredibles and their mid-century lifestyle. I loved their selection of photos from the movie and it actually made me pull my copy of the DVD off the bookshelf and view it again. Mid century cartoons are lighthearted and carefree. The artwork has wonderful lines and angles and the colors are full of pastels, the colors of the times. Look at the artwork below, these would be fantastic framed and displayed in your mid-century pad.