A Brokers Tour Goodie

1175 Spruce Berkeley CA
listed at $399,000!
1 bedroom / 1 bath
Built in 1952
6030 sq ft lot
912 sq ft house
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“Classic 50’s modern, architecture. Karl Kolbeck design.”  Karl Kolbeck used nature as his inspiration not only in his materials, but in flexibility embracing a simplification of form. His open floor plan and patios function as outdoor rooms offering the perfect setting for indoor/outdoor living and entertaining. His honest expression of structure coupled with Maybeck’s Craftsman influence offers a unique lifestyle of modern design.

“This property offers: Original passive solar: deep overhangs, slab floor, walls of glass. Many original systems, needs love and polish. Deep lot affords landscaping opportunity! 3 skylights. Lovely redwood soffits; unique clerestory windows.”   This diamond in the rough on a busy street and needs some attention to detail.  What do you do with raw cinder block walls to make them less shockingly stark?  Plaster, stucco, wrap them in wood with tile accents?  On the exterior?  Kiln shelf  Tiles from Heath like Margarido house would be divine, and some wood slating overlay and landscaping to soften?  Polished concrete floors and a good sense of inside outside flow could allow this tiny 1 bedroom to feel like a really large and comfortable house.  The site allows for privacy all around.  I think this cottage is going to be something special if we ever see it on the market again.  Potential potential potential.

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