Mid-century modern time capsule in Berkeley is actually an incredible remodel

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Looking at 1336 Campus Drive, which was built in 1968, we might assume it’s an example of a well preserved mid-century modern home. But what we’re looking at in this case is actually an extensive remodel, the work of award winning architect Douglas Burnham of Envelope Architecture and Design. The four bed, two and a half bath Berkeley home just listed for $1.325 million. 

Respect for the original

So organic is this remodel that the home seems like a time-capsule. But in fact, the changes Burnham made are substantial. “We loved the bones of the house, and we wanted to work with them and respect them, but we made some dramatic changes.”

When work began on this renovation, the house itself was in major disrepair. The clients, a museum curator and her family, wanted to rehabilitate the entire structure, including the revitalization of the exterior facade and the addition of modern details and amenities. The resulting renovation re-interpreted the two-level ‘hippie house’ into a three-level modern japanesque tree house.

Major changes

As part of the renovation,  the 1000-square-foot lower level—including bedrooms, a family room and a large shared bath/steam/sauna room—was added.

Also, the current facade pictured here is not original. “The entire façade was re-skinned with vertical cedar on a new stucco-concrete base. A series of metallic, galvalume-clad boxes project through the wood façade, creating openings to link the interior with the house’s lush forested surroundings,” said Burnham.

The kitchen, then orange, they left alone, because its mid-century design fit with the aesthetic of their renovation project.

The current furnishings also fit perfectly to complete the time capsule effect.

All total, the home is over 3,000 square feet over three levels, much of it wood or glass. The latter material lets the sylvan setting become part of the home– a blending of outside and inside, and a hallmark of mid-century modern design.


The home last sold in 2015 for $1.240 million; now it’s listed at $1.325 million. But if you love 1336 Campus Drive (and it’s kind of hard not to), you should know that this Berkeley neighborhood is a hot one in terms of popular real estate. According to Estately, “81 percent of nearby similar homes sold for over asking price. Similar homes that sold in bidding wars went $220k above asking price on average, but some went as high as $810k over asking price.”

So what price will this incredible home ultimately fetch?

Anna Marie Erwert writes from both the renter and new buyer perspective, having (finally) achieved both statuses. She focuses on national real estate trends, specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. Follow Anna on Twitter: @AnnaMarieErwert


Article source: http://blog.sfgate.com/ontheblock/2017/08/21/mid-century-modern-time-capsule-in-berkeley-is-actually-an-incredible-remodel/

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