Built in 1938, the incredible home was thoughtfully renovated in the 1960s by architect El Emotta, and again in the late 1970s by Walter Thomas Brooks. The extensions and renovations remained respectful to the original concept, continuing Wurster's tradition of expansive spaces, flexible floor plans, and indoor-outdoor living.
Designed around honest materials, proportion, and scale, the constructed home is beautiful in its simplicity and purposeful detailing. Light-filled living spaces and ingenious planning allow outdoor spaces to blend seamlessly with the indoors. Architectural gestures, such as the butterfly roof, create tall volumes which draw in natural light as the sun passes overhead. Visual connections and dramatic views prevail in all directions as the home becomes a frame for living within the surroundings.
A brick fireplace connects the living space to a formal dining room. The '70s kitchen sits beyond, with direct access to a viewing terrace. Two bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths fill the remaining floor plate.
Flexible spaces fill the lower level and can be arranged as needed. If desired, the whole lower level could become a luxurious master retreat. Currently, a master bedroom, full bath, nursery, and laundry infill the space. From here, one may access the lower lawn and wine cellar to take in the sweeping views while enjoying California's best wines.
The home is fully connected to its surroundings. Multiple levels of terraces and gardens interweave to create spectacular grounds which hold the main home, a detached garage and guesthouse, a solar heated swimming pool, sauna, and green lawn. Mature redwoods and pines provide bits of privacy to the wood-and-glass home.
This unique modernist home located at 229 Bishop Avenue is currently listed by Shenna Moe Real Estate for $1,550,000.
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