Last fall, the restoration-minded owner of this stretched-out 1956 Mod by architect Lucian Hood in Braeburn Valley told Swamplot he was fixing to sell his property. Now, having finished reviving the redwood exterior from beneath the paint that covered it up and sprucing up the brick and ledge stone walls, Jason Jones reports his 5-year project is ready for its closeup, just listed, and now asking $365,000. The home is located on a big corner lot across from Braeburn Country Club greens — and next to Maison DeVille, a Mansard-roofed apartment complex from 1962, later converted to condos.
An accent wall wider than the living room wing it fronts helps support a tipped-up roof (above) and forms an alcove for the entry area behind it (at left). Gone, however, is the wrought-iron gate formerly enclosing that space. The front door faces the street, a bit hidden. Not so the living room, however, which is visible through full-height windows near the front door.
The long view from the living room, meanwhile, is across the width of the third-of-an-acre lot (at right). Other than the ceiling-hugging windows facing the street at the front of the home, most rooms and hallways have big windows, and a lot of them. Or big glass doors.
Recessed ceilings in the living and dining rooms accent the home’s horizontal lines. On an outside wall shared by the two rooms, windows (and a door) face a side street, beyond which lies fence-line landscaping bordering the golf course. Inside, 3 slabs of limestone-as-art hang above the stone wall of a fireplace with a toe-busting, curb-height hearth:
Back in the entry area (at right), there’s a midcentury materials mashup of decorative wood, stone, more stone — and a touch of window glass — delineating the rooms flying off of it. One hallway leads to the kitchen, which has a breakfast nook and a bar, both of which look into the yard — where there’s a brick patio with an outdoor cooking area.
This hallway off the foyer leads past bedrooms located across the front of the house. Its window wall also looks into the restored patio:
The 2,764-sq.-ft. home has 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths plus a small, extra room used as a study (at left):
In the master suite (below), there’s a sunken bathtub. Beyond the tub-to-ceiling windows, there’s a private, vine-friendly space.
One of the two secondary bedrooms has a cedar closet:
This bathroom has its original Mamie Pink counters, toilet, and tub:
The yard, patio, and covered walkways have been refurbished. Other renovations leveled the foundation, replaced the roof, and added a new air conditioning system and insulation.
This from-the-side view of the 2-car garage also captures the exterior’s protected walkway off the living and dining rooms.
And here’s the home at twilight: