Holly Rose, Residential Realtor

The “Open Concept” in a modern Shingle style home

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In architectural design,  “Open Concept” refers to the absence of barriers such as walls and doors that traditionally separate distinct functional areas. In local real estate lingo, buyers get very excited about the phrase “open floor plan,” which may refer to something as simple as the removal of a wall between living and dining rooms. […]

Midcentury Mania

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In the early part of the 1900’s, Berkeley was finding it’s architectural footing, as the new university attracted thinkers from around the world and the great San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 drove waves of refugees across the bay. Our most beloved architects began to mature and to leave their indelible signatures on the […]

Exquisite Mediterranean Villa with Views

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OPEN SUNDAY FEB 28 AND MARCH 6, 2:00-4:00 Built in 1933, this unique home showcases the romance and glamour of an architectural era when form was valued as much as function. Classic motifs of the popular Spanish Mediterranean style can be found throughout the home, from the sunny, walled flagstone terrace to the terra cotta […]

Berkeley’s Modern Renegade Architect

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Let’s face it. People who live in Berkeley generally march to their own tune, and that’s why we love it here. As a Realtor, I see these tunes played out in every old home’s unique, distinctive architecture, many dating back to the early 1900s, when the University was in its growth phase and a tide […]

2844 Forest Ave, Elmwood

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“The Charles Axel Smith Private Garage” Click here for more information You’re Invited! Please join me and guests of the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association for a special neighborhood viewing party, including a selection of fine wines and artisanal cheeses, on Friday, May 2, from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Other Viewing Opportunities: May 1, Thursday: Broker’s Tour (public is […]

Radial symmetry as a design element

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This copper vent hood is one of many amazing hand-crafted components that caught my eye at this fascinating “radial” home in the Berkeley Hills.       At the apex of the home, the radial structural members come together and join at a central skylight.             The radial theme is repeated throughout […]