Friday, July 15, 2011

But First--Mid-Century Modern in Montclair

But First--Mid-Century Modern in Montclair
Just up Colton Boulevard from the Village in the flat area of Montclair, 6924 Ridgewood Drive is a mid-century modern gem! A balance of original architectural details, attractive energy-saving updates, and the rare flat backyard so rare in Montclair, the three-bedroom, two and a half-bath home is a great value.

Few true mid-century homes come to market, and the owners of this home have retained the classic elements of mid-century modern design. The entry walls are sawn redwood, emphasizing the connection between the interior and exterior in classic Cal Modern fashion; the sliders along the rear bring the outdoors in. The thoughtful split-level layout, particularly when combined with the long views to the rear, injects a real feeling of spaciousness.

From the inviting entry landing, a master suite, two additional bedrooms and a second bath are upstairs, and the open-plan living room, dining room and kitchen are just a few steps down. Rear decks on both levels expand the living area: With the living and dining rooms sliders open and the adjacent deck just a couple of steps above the flat yard, entertaining is a breeze. The larger kitchen offers counterspace for breakfasts or homework with a TV room adjacent. In addition, the owners fitted out the garage as a large play room. The home lives and feels as if it’s much larger than its 1907 sf (excluding play room)!

The home’s first owner was a builder, so the systems and foundation were the best the era had to offera big improvement over the East Bay’s typical shallow foundations, small bedrooms and too-few baths. The current owners have continued to maintain and improve the home (see List of Improvements). The yard is fenced and pet-ready, and raised beds are already planted!

Located close to the East Bay’s famous parklands and Montclair’s excellent public schools (per API score), 6824 Ridgewood Drive is convenient to the Sunday farmer’s market, and excellent restaurants and theaters on Piedmont and College Avenues. Route 13 links right up with Rt. 24 through the Caldecott Tunnel, with Rt. 80 to San Francisco or Berkeley, with 580 to Silicon Valley (where an owner currently works), and with SFO and OAK. To see the house, be sure to pass Ridgewood WAY and continue on Colton Boulevard one more block to Ridgewood DRIVE in Montclair. And be sure to enjoy the stunning Bay views on the way back down to the Villagethose views could be yours!

Open this Saturday and Sunday 2-5 pm, and next Sunday, 2-4:30 pm.

For more info and photos, click here!

Offered at $720,000.

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