Nestled on the downhill side of Arlington Boulevard in the El Cerrito Hills, sits this mid-century view home designed by Lyman Conrad Jee in 1958.
Jee was known for his great facility with proportion, and his compelling interior spaces. He is one of the Bay Area’s lesser known modernist designers whose homes do not come on the market very often. As you approach the home, you are greeted by a professionally-designed Japanese garden that trails the front path and private front entry. Through the front door, the entry looks straight into the mid-century courtyard with Japanese garden. Down three stairs to the right is the main living area with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the Bay, and Golden Gate Bridge!
Berkeley Midcentury with a Rich History
2717 Marin was built in 1956 by the acclaimed architect Hans Ostwald in his signature style. With this home, you’ll find a large living space atop the hillside, a flat roof, natural wood, glass-filled walls and open spaces.
Consistent with Ostwald’s aesthetic, the house was designed with glass-filled walls, open spaces, exposed redwood, and copper stripping between the unpainted wood panels.
The house remained in the Baumrind family from the time it was built until the present. This is the last of the homes in the Hewlett “subdivision” to be occupied by the original family.
Stunning Mediterranean in El Cerrito Hills
This spacious Mediterranean home is beautifully set back from the street and features classic architectural and period details.
Through the front door you are greeted by an entry foyer with marble floors, and a spacious
main level with a formal living room, formal dining room, and breakfast nook that overlooks the
gracious front yard. As you continue on the main floor you'll find an updated kitchen, wet bar,
and grand family room that all look onto the backyard and pool. Beautiful steel and glass doors
connect the back garden to the family room for a lovely indoor-outdoor flow. Rounding out the
main floor is a half bath, cozy den and beautiful office.
Delight in entertaining with pool, spa, expansive patio spaces, and detached pool house, complete with full bath in the back garden.
Continuing up the grand entry staircase is a roof deck with beautiful views of San Francisco,
and three en-suite bedrooms, including a master suite, all with views of their very own! For more
space and entertaining, the home is complete with a large basement with a second family room,
perfect for pool, ping pong, and other games.
Iconic Midcentury Hillside Beauty
Situated on one of the most coveted streets in El Cerrito, this house sits at 8636 Don Carol Drive. This home was originally designed and built in 1958 for a Mr. and Mrs. Smith and their family of four children. As you tour this home, you will see the family’s choices and desires for home life, the midcentury design ideas of the 1950s, and even some aspects of post-war American society reflected in the architecture.
Enter the home via a spacious entrance with slate floors and original wood paneled walls. Right away, notice that the master suite is separated from the children’s rooms by the grand living room and a spacious family room. The wonderful separation of space provides a quiet refuge from the bustle of the children’s wing, along with a view of the San Francisco Bay.
In the grand living room is a soaring ceiling and the “wall of glass” that extends along the entire southwestern exposure connecting the living room, wet bar, and formal dining room. The “wall of glass” begins again in the kitchen, wrapping around the central courtyard to the family room. This classic midcentury element brings the outside into the home and creates a seamless connection to nature.
The family room connects directly onto a large second bedroom en-suite, originally built for the Smith’s two daughters. Off the hall are another two smaller bedrooms with a shared bathroom for their other two children.
In 1995, the downstairs was remodeled into the one bedroom in-law apartment you find there today.