In the aptly named Berkeley Hills neighborhood of Berkeley, California, a 1963 residence built by designer Louise Rigg for her family peeks out through the surrounding trees on a steep, wooded slope. The property at 131 Tamalpais Road showcases a number of the designer’s signature elements, including a material palette of polished concrete, brick, copper, and colorful glazed tiles, as well as ample glazing to bring natural light into the home.
Tucked behind a private, enclosed patio at the entrance, the front door opens to a spacious, sunken living/dining area with double-height ceilings and concrete floors. A tall copper fireplace adds a pop contrast against a brick wall, which sits adjacent to a fully glazed partition with sliding doors that connect to a large deck at the rear of the home.
In addition to the living/dining area, the first level hosts two bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as a kitchen, laundry room, and gym. Upstairs, there are two bedrooms and one bathroom. The 2,389-square-foot structure also includes a separate in-law apartment with a bedroom, bath, kitchenette, and living/dining area situated below the main home. A smaller deck on this level connects to the in-law unit’s living/dining area.
"One of the traits that makes this home so special is the very set intentions that went into it," says listing agent Ana Forest of Red Oak Realty. "Louise Rigg was known for being very particular with a lot of her projects, including this household. She wanted it to allow her family to grow, leave, return, and also have extended family and friends stay and enjoy the space."
A landscaped backyard provides additional outdoor gathering areas on the 6,500-square-foot lot. From the backyard, a private gate leads to Berkeley’s Codornices Park, which features picnic areas and walking trails shaded by oaks, bay trees, and redwoods. Scroll to see more of the 1963 home, which is currently listed for $1,750,000.
131 Tamalpais Road in Berkeley, California, is currently listed for $1,750,000 by Ana Forest of Red Oak Realty.
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