A Restored Midcentury Wrapped Around a Reflecting Pool Lists for $1.39M in Sacramento, CA

Designed by prominent local architect John Harvey Carter, the 1968 home incorporates Japanese design influences and features a large conversation pit with a drop-down fireplace.
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Sacramento architect John Harvey Carter designed over 400 buildings in Northern California throughout the mid-20th century—one of which is now for sale in the late architect’s home turf. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom residence at 729 Columbia Drive offers 2,232 square feet of interior living space spread across one light-filled level.

Sacramento architect John Harvey Carter designed the single-level home at 729 Columbia Drive in 1968. An expansive covered terrace protrudes from the front facade.

Carter designed the 1968 home for a family who went on to own the dwelling for more than 50 years. After hitting the market for the first time in 2020, the property has since been thoughtfully restored and updated, with much of the original design still intact.

The sunken living room is anchored by a drop-down fireplace and features shag carpet, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook a reflecting pool.

Among the home’s many highlights, some of the most notable include a wood-encased conversation pit with a drop-down fireplace, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows that connect the primary gathering spaces to a zen courtyard with a reflecting pool. "The formal living room, dining room, breakfast area, and family room all frame stunning views of the side yard and reflecting pool," says listing agent Susan Pillon of Nick Sadek Sotheby’s International Realty. "This is a must-see for fans of midcentury homes."

Wood-paneled storage spans the wall in another one of the home’s gathering areas set across the reflecting pool, opposite the main living room. 

An opaque, blue partition with clerestory openings separates the kitchen and dining room and adds a playful pop of color against the overall neutral palette. 

In the kitchen, new appliances and fixtures mingle with the original cabinetry and woodwork. 

Floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors connect the interior and exterior.

In addition to the zen courtyard, the home borrows from other Japanese design influences, including overhanging eaves that nod to traditional Japanese dwellings and shade the house from the California heat.

The light-filled office can also easily be converted into a gym, studio space, or another bedroom. 

Polished concrete floors continue into each of the three bedrooms. The primary suite provides direct access to the backyard.

The primary bathroom has a large shower and oversize soaking tub.

One of the home’s other bedrooms is located off the dining room.

The ranch-style home also offers a spacious corner office wrapped with clerestory windows, much like the sunken living room. An open plan connects the various gathering areas, allowing for seamless entertaining. Sliding glass doors extend the indoor layout to a fenced-in backyard peppered with towering trees and mature landscaping.

A wooden walkway wraps around the home, connecting the zen garden at the side of the residence to the backyard.

The primary living spaces overlook the reflecting pool through floor-to-ceiling windows.

A generous-size lawn awaits in the backyard.

729 Columbia Drive in Sacramento, California, is currently listed for $1,385,000 by Susan Pillon of Nick Sadek Sotheby’s International Realty.

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