A Japanese-Inspired Midcentury Lists for $3.5 Million in Berkeley, California

The 1959 residence designed by Bay Area architect Robert Klemmedson takes inspiration from the Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto, Japan.
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Tucked into a steep hillside in Berkeley, California, is a 3,449-square-foot home designed by celebrated local architect Robert Klemmedson in 1959. The modernist architect—who spent 10 years in Japan and often incorporated traditional Japanese elements into his Bay Area designs—loosely modeled the midcentury residence after the Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto, Japan.

For the design of the 1959 residence at 14 Maybeck Twin Drive in Berkeley, California, local architect Robert Klemmedson took inspiration from the Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto, Japan.

The Japanese-inspired midcentury sits on a private Berkeley road developed by another famed architect, Bernard Maybeck, who was also known for his many prized works in the Bay Area. On the way to the property at 14 Maybeck Twin Drive, you’ll pass by Maybeck’s personal studio, as well as other residences the architect designed for his family.

The Robert Klemmedson–designed home sits on a private road developed by celebrated Bay Area architect Bernard Maybeck. In the spacious living room, a wood-burning fireplace sits near sliding glass doors that open to a partially covered deck.

Situated on a 15,133-square-foot lot with panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay Area, the hillside home includes four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms spread across two levels. In addition to a kitchen, living room, and dining area, there is also a media room, a detached tw0-car garage, and even a wine cellar.

The 3,449-square-foot residence features four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms in addition to the main living/dining spaces.

Inside, traditional wood paneling and an earthy palette are accentuated by high ceilings and wide picture windows that frame panoramic views. The property also includes a private patio and a wraparound deck, as well as a peaceful, Japanese-inspired garden filled with greenery.

A skylight and windows in the kitchen flood the space with natural light.

The home’s traditional wood paneling and earthy palette are accentuated by large picture windows that frame panoramic views.

The primary and secondary suites are situated on the main level.

The wood-clad midcentury includes many design elements inspired by Heian period architecture.

Currently listed for $3,500,000, the Japanese-inspired residence is situated on a 15,133-square-foot lot with panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay Area.

14 Maybeck Twin Drive in Berkeley, California, is currently listed for $3,500,000 by Leif Jenssen and Tamir Mansour of Red Oak Realty.

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