In 1962, San Francisco Bay Area architect Hal Thiederman and his wife, artist Elivia Thiederman, bought a two-bedroom home built in 1949 in the Berkeley Hills community of Kensington, California. Two years later, Hal and Elivia—both graduates of the University of California, Berkeley—remodeled and expanded the original residence, infusing the midcentury structure with a Japanese-influenced design.
The late owners of the dwelling, which is now on the market for $1,395,000, updated the layout to include 2,240 square feet of interior space with two bedrooms and three bathrooms spread across two floors. During the 1964 remodel and expansion, Elivia—who was a passionate gardener—also created the contemplative gardens that surround the residence, filled with azaleas, rhododendrons, ferns, succulents, and orchids.
A landscaped path with spherical stones evoking lily pads on a river leads to the golden-yellow front door, where a vintage clay lantern hangs at the entry, matching another in the nearby living room. Walls of glass and a beamed ceiling with a rectangular clerestory let in a flood of natural light and frame views of the forested landscape. Wood-paneled walls, built-in bookshelves, and a brick fireplace infuse the main living area with warmth.
The main living area opens to a large, wraparound balcony that overlooks the rear garden and the canyon beyond. A spacious roof deck on the far end of the structure connects to the compact dining room with built-in china cabinets and sliding glass doors.
A spiral staircase that connects the home’s two levels offers access to the principal bedroom, which includes its own wood-burning fireplace and an en suite bathroom. On one side of the principal suite, a wall of windows overlooks the serene garden. In the opposite wing on the lower level, a large office space with a built-in desk designed by the late architect and former homeowner is separated by sliding wall panels from another bedroom with floor-to-ceiling shelving and glass doors that open to the rear courtyard.
"This unique property is imbued throughout with a sense of artistry and calm, and an appreciation of space and beauty," says listing agent Todd Hodson, who represents the residence with Tania Balazs and Lisa Robesch of the TTL Team at Red Oak Realty. "It has the classic elements of the midcentury style that flows into the beautiful Japanese-style gardens." Scroll ahead to see more of the peaceful San Francisco Bay Area home, which is currently listed for $1,395,000.
205 Lake Drive in Kensington, California, is currently listed for $1,395,000 by Todd Hodson, Tania Balazs, and Lisa Robesch of the TTL Team at Red Oak Realty.
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