Sunset & Twilight
Main House: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths
Adjoining In-law: 1 bedroom, 1 bath
Combined size: ~2,581 sqft
MAGNIFICENT MONTCLAIR MID-CENTURY MARVEL
Spectacular and one-of-a-kind, this is one of those rare homes designed by an architect for his own residence. Built in 1961 by Benjamin Fishstein in a sophisticated overlapping diamond pattern, it was featured at the time in the Italian magazine ABITARE, one of the world’s best known architecture design journals.
Nestled on a tranquil hillside, the architecture takes smart advantage of the surrounding landscape, creating visual interest from every angle. The dramatic slate entrance on the main level leads into an open floor plan. Exposed structural beams, which originated from the Richardson Bay Bridge, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, and a huge concrete chimney bring drama and glamor to the open layout. The living room feels large and airy, with glass walls on all sides. Looking towards the city is a large wraparound deck that enjoys peekaboo views, and facing the hillside is a garden-level deck.
The dining room features a sliding wood-frame door that opens onto a graveled patio. The kitchen has been nicely updated with modern appliances, while maintaining its original sleek profile. The modern design creates an easy flow between rooms, with a clever use of materials to delineate zones without confining the spaces.
Two bedrooms complete this level, one with a door opening onto a patio and the other with a floor-to-ceiling glass window, with a full-sized bathroom complimenting them. Combining design and function, a fantastic cantilevered staircase rises like a modern sculpture, surrounded by glass and views.
Upstairs, dramatic flourishes continue in the master bedroom. A bank of glass windows frames a filtered San Francisco and Bay view. The newly renovated en suite bathroom is a lovely study of gray and white, with slate tiles and louvered windows. Private and quiet, this suite truly is a retreat.
As another wonderful luxury, a large in-law suite with a separate entrance and all-new en suite bathroom is located on the main level, and makes a perfect guest quarters. A second sunny deck off the carport is another great setting to savor the serenity of the surroundings.
The location couldn’t be better: down the road are great elementary and middle schools, and a pedestrian pathway leads to Montclair Village, with its shopping, restaurants and cafés. The hills above contain hundreds of acres of wooded parkland with miles of trails and picnic grounds, making it a fantastic combination of urban and rural living. Commuting is a breeze with easy access to the freeway, and nearby Rockridge BART.
This is a winning combination: the peace and calm of a natural setting with the sophistication of high-level mid-century design.
Montclair (also known as the Montclair District or Montclair Village) is a neighborhood in Oakland, California, United States. Montclair is located along the western slope of the Oakland Hills from a valley formed by the Hayward Fault to the upper ridge of the hills.
Although there is no formal definition of the neighborhood the general boundaries are Highway 24 to the north, Joaquin Miller Road to the south, the city of Piedmont to the west and the Contra Costa County border to the east. The center of the neighborhood is a compact shopping district known as Montclair Village which is located next to Highway 13 in the bottom of the valley. It lies at an elevation of 640 feet (195 m).
The hills of Montclair are heavily forested and generally characterized by winding streets and large single-family houses, homes ranging from small but expensive cottages to mansions and estates. A few small apartment and condominium complexes are located in Montclair, primarily in the Village area. Large single-family homes dominate the housing stock, and the neighborhood includes a wide array of styles –– mid-century modern, Danish modern, Tudor, Mediterranean-Spanish/French, rustic, post-modern, craftsman, and the like, all comprising some of Oakland’s largest and most expensive homes.
The neighborhood includes several of the highest ranked public schools in the city – Montclair Elementary, Thornhill Elementary, Joaquin Miller Elementary, and Montera Middle School. Montclair is located in Oakland’s Councilmember District 4.
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