Internationally recognized architect, Don M. Hisaka, designed this home in 1993 for himself and his wife Michiko. The modern house is a tribute to the Bay Area Tradition, made popular by such Bay Area Architects as W. Wurster, G. Daily and J.Funk, just to name a few.
The modern house elegantly blends into the landscape. From the street, one can only see a subdued profile of buildings with gently sloped roofs, accented with the architect's signature cupolas. Upon entering the property through a gate, one is treated to an inner courtyard with breathtaking views visible into the house as well as beyond, towards the Golden Gate and SF Bay. This courtyard, built around a mature, purple flowering Jacaranda tree offers its own special serenity.
Floor to ceiling metal framed windows, and sliding glass doors blur the lines between the indoors and outdoors, thereby maximizing the magnificent views. Inside the house, the single corridor, open floor plan is efficient without wasted space. The center of the house is a light filled two-storey atrium with living space on the first level and a bridge connecting to the second level studios/working spaces and large master suite. The white walls, ceilings and built-in cabinetry throughout the house, provide a clean, sleek look, which contrasts with the grey, non-grouted, slate floors. Natural daylight floods the house and thick vegetation assures privacy in every direction.
Located in the Claremont area of Berkeley, this home is minutes away from Domingo shops/restaurants, the Claremont Pool and Tennis Club, Berkeley Tennis Club, fine private, as well as public schools and freeway access. A rare find! Level-in, views, serenity and modern elegance combined in a magnificent package.
3 beds/2.5 baths - 2,770 sft. Offered at $1,795,000.