A Silicon Valley Home Splits Around a Magnificent Blue Oak

A Silicon Valley Home Splits Around a Magnificent Blue Oak

By Deborah Bishop / Photos by Joe Fletcher
A sun-filled home brings a suburban California site closer to its untamed roots.

At night a full-throated chorus of frogs lulls Krista and Ian Johnson to sleep in their Los Altos, California, bedroom, and at dawn they’re greeted by a symphony of birdsong—interrupted by an occasional off-key quack. For the couple, being immersed in the sights and sounds of nature is a radical corrective to their high-paced jobs in the tech industry—one that their previous home never quite provided.

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