The home at 862 Regal Road in Berkeley wears the modernism crown among East Bay properties that are currently on the market. This house, designed by San Francisco architect Christopher Haas, exudes a kind muscular minimalism. On one hand, it has simple forms and stark white walls. On the other, it has wood floors with a pronounced grain that warm the spaces and beefy modern shapes (such as the thick, floating staircase) that give it a simple power. Those might not be the first elements you notice, thanks to a views captured by walls of glass that roll away and carefully positioned windows.
The square footage (4,896) and the price ($3.4 million) are not small—although it's no match for the East Bay record breaker we wrote about recently.
We don't know what the house looked like pre-remodel. But, given that it was built in 1930, it surely wasn't a three-story home with remarkable indoor-outdoor living. Our favorite example of the latter point is in the master bedroom. Glass doors and a corner window accordion back to make the space more like a cabana than a traditional bedroom. Add a views of treetops, the bay, and distant hills and you get the feeling of a permanent vacation.
· 862 Regal Road, Berkeley [Redfin]
· Haas Architecture [Official Site]