Berkeley: Another Option For Maybeck Devotees

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Just as with buses, one doesn’t come along for ages, then two arrive at the same time.

A second home designed by Bernard Maybeck has just come on the market in Berkeley.

The first popped up in early June and is finding it hard to find a buyer. After a couple of price reductions it is now priced at $1,395,000, down from its original $1,595,000. I am surprised this house hasn’t been snapped up by a Maybeck fan. It’s true that it has had minimal modernizations, but for a true connoisseur that should be part of its charm.

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Meanwhile, the “Giesler House” (above and top) had its first open last Sunday. Designed by Maybeck and White in 1924, it is at 2577 Buena Vista Way in north Berkeley with a $1,025,000 price tag.

You have to have a penchant for acres of dark wood paneling. But if you do, then this one is worth a look.