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.
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.
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.
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.
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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