As a plus, architect and current owner Jim Orjala added a nifty studio beneath a towering oak.
A recently listed gem in Berkeley, California, offers panoramic views, wood details galore, and a detached, tree house–like writing cottage. Originally designed by architect Judd Boynton, the midcentury residence sits atop Panoramic Hill, a historic neighborhood notable for its cluster of homes by Bernard Maybeck, Frank Lloyd Wright, Harwell Hamilton Harris, and Julia Morgan, among may others.
Fittingly, this particular property is itself a collaboration of architects, including Boynton, as well as current owner Jim Orjala of the award-winning firm Orjala Architecture. Original portions of the 70-year-old structure have been renovated to incorporate contemporary finishes while still honoring Boynton’s intentions, including a gallery and bedroom extension designed by Lindy Small Architecture in 2000. In more recent years, Orjala built a backyard studio that he calls The Nest.
Offering two bedrooms and two full bathrooms, the 1,544-square-foot home occupies a broad position along the .3-acre lot. Walls of windows extend along the entire front facade, providing views of Berkeley and the San Francisco Bay. The location is also within walking distance to the University of California at the bottom of the hill. Keep scrolling to see more of the property, currently listed for $1,050,000.
Editor’s Note (4/30/20): Lucky for the buyer and unlucky for us, the home has been sold. Window shoppers, read on.