8 Modern East Bay Getaways

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January 9, 2014
Located just across the water from San Francisco, the East Bay—including the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville—is a much sunnier, spacious counterpart to its foggy sister city. Here are 8 bright, modern retreats from our pages.
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  In the East Bay, it's all about the views to the City. A butterfly-roof pavilion by architects Kate Simonen, Benjamin Parco, and Phil Kaefer connects to a low-slung home Joseph Esherick designed in 1954 via two covered walkways and an open-air tearoom. All three structures sit lightly on the landscape designed by Lawrence Halprin and updated over 50 years later by Gary Roth, a former employee. In the living room, which Esherick sited to maximize views, are Jean Prouvé Cité chairs. Photo by Caren Alpert.   Photo by: Caren Alpert

    In the East Bay, it's all about the views to the City. A butterfly-roof pavilion by architects Kate Simonen, Benjamin Parco, and Phil Kaefer connects to a low-slung home Joseph Esherick designed in 1954 via two covered walkways and an open-air tearoom. All three structures sit lightly on the landscape designed by Lawrence Halprin and updated over 50 years later by Gary Roth, a former employee. In the living room, which Esherick sited to maximize views, are Jean Prouvé Cité chairs. Photo by Caren Alpert. 

    Photo by: Caren Alpert

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  On a quaint, tree-lined street in Berkeley, California, architect Sarah Deeds of Deeds Design and carpenter John McBride placed a 120-square-foot office/art studio near their main house, a renovated 1906 Victorian, on a 3,100-square-foot lot. “It’s like a little fort,” says Deeds.The studio’s redwood siding was milled from trees salvaged from a road-widening project in Sonoma County, California. Photo by Lenny Gonzalez.   Courtesy of: © Lenny Gonzalez 2010

    On a quaint, tree-lined street in Berkeley, California, architect Sarah Deeds of Deeds Design and carpenter John McBride placed a 120-square-foot office/art studio near their main house, a renovated 1906 Victorian, on a 3,100-square-foot lot. “It’s like a little fort,” says Deeds.The studio’s redwood siding was milled from trees salvaged from a road-widening project in Sonoma County, California. Photo by Lenny Gonzalez. 

    Courtesy of: © Lenny Gonzalez 2010

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  First came the idea. Then came the late nights of Craigslist searching. And then it happened quickly: a trip to a derelict horse ranch in the Salinas Valley, an exchange of cash in an old barn, and a harrowing towing adventure up Highway 101 netted a 1959 Airstream travel trailer. The Airstream is tucked into the back garden of a Berkeley co-op. Photo by Mark Compton.

    First came the idea. Then came the late nights of Craigslist searching. And then it happened quickly: a trip to a derelict horse ranch in the Salinas Valley, an exchange of cash in an old barn, and a harrowing towing adventure up Highway 101 netted a 1959 Airstream travel trailer. The Airstream is tucked into the back garden of a Berkeley co-op. Photo by Mark Compton.

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  A 1,100-square-foot loft in the historic Bester Building, a former steam-engine factory in Emeryville, California, is updated with a customized storage unit in the middle of the space. Photo by Drew Kelly. 

    A 1,100-square-foot loft in the historic Bester Building, a former steam-engine factory in Emeryville, California, is updated with a customized storage unit in the middle of the space. Photo by Drew Kelly. 

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  With a sleek prototype in Emeryville, California, under its belt, Simpatico Homes sets out to redefine prefab's cost—and footprint. Photo by Jake Stangel. 

    With a sleek prototype in Emeryville, California, under its belt, Simpatico Homes sets out to redefine prefab's cost—and footprint. Photo by Jake Stangel. 

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  When San Francisco–based architect Christi Azevedo and her partner bought an investment property in Oakland, what was billed in real estate listings as a 'detached garage' turned out to be a carriage house that dated from 1908. After purchasing the house, Azevedo converted the 360-square-foot carriage house. Says Azevedo, "With the added help of my electrician brother, Craig—and many beers and Saturdays—we tricked this former pigeon roost into a modern loft." 

    When San Francisco–based architect Christi Azevedo and her partner bought an investment property in Oakland, what was billed in real estate listings as a 'detached garage' turned out to be a carriage house that dated from 1908. After purchasing the house, Azevedo converted the 360-square-foot carriage house. Says Azevedo, "With the added help of my electrician brother, Craig—and many beers and Saturdays—we tricked this former pigeon roost into a modern loft."

     

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  Stephen Shoup is the kind of person to see potential in things that others might miss. In 2005, looking for a property that would house himself and his design/build firm, building Lab inc., he happened upon a roughly 6,000-square-foot lot in north Oakland, California. Undeterred by the condition of the building, he imagined what the property could become. Two converted shipping containers now house offices for Shoup’s design/build firm. “Perhaps the most successful aspect of turning this into a place to live and an office rather than just have this shop space was moving it towards real indoor-outdoor living,” he says. Taya Shoup, a landscape designer, has refined her husband’s vision for the property with a courtyard and plantings. Photo by building Lab inc. 

    Stephen Shoup is the kind of person to see potential in things that others might miss. In 2005, looking for a property that would house himself and his design/build firm, building Lab inc., he happened upon a roughly 6,000-square-foot lot in north Oakland, California. Undeterred by the condition of the building, he imagined what the property could become. Two converted shipping containers now house offices for Shoup’s design/build firm. “Perhaps the most successful aspect of turning this into a place to live and an office rather than just have this shop space was moving it towards real indoor-outdoor living,” he says. Taya Shoup, a landscape designer, has refined her husband’s vision for the property with a courtyard and plantings. Photo by building Lab inc.

     

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  Perfectly content in San Francisco, the Pfeiffers couldn't help falling in love with a charming mid-century house, across the Bay in Oakland, with stunning views, plenty of trees, and a murky past. Luke channels Jimi on the concrete floor of the open living and dining room. Photo by Mark Seelen.   Photo by: Mark Seelen

    Perfectly content in San Francisco, the Pfeiffers couldn't help falling in love with a charming mid-century house, across the Bay in Oakland, with stunning views, plenty of trees, and a murky past. Luke channels Jimi on the concrete floor of the open living and dining room. Photo by Mark Seelen. 

    Photo by: Mark Seelen

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