Pools of proverbial design ink have been spilled over the Spalding House, Long Beach architect Edward Killingsworth’s only Bay Area home, located in the tony town of Piedmont. And it's easy to see why.
The midcentury architect is most famous for his Southern California structures—the Case Study Houses, to be exact, his experimental homes commissioned by Arts & Architecture magazine. But, blessedly, he did manage to create one up here. His 1965 gem, at 143 Calvert Court, which landed on the market back in May, returns with a $85,000 price cut.
Coming in at four beds, two and a half baths, and and 2,194 square feet, the house features 76 windows in all, giving the house an almost diaphanous quality.
A recent renovation now includes such decor tidbits as a Jonathan Adler pendant lamp in the kitchen, Swarovski chandelier, Dorothy Draper "Brazilliance" wallpaper (which: j’adore), new landscaping, solar roof, and more.
While the facade is pure midcentury, the interior’s period vibe hits you over the head like a box set DVD of the entire Mad Men series; it’s right on-the-nose. For certain tastes, cohesiveness can be too much of a good thing. (It should be said that the kitchen renovation is a marvel in and of itself.) No matter, this house is still a standout in a neighborhood already full of peacocks.
Asking is now $1,895,000.
- 143 Calvert Court [The Grubb Co.]
- Classic Killingsworth Midcentury in Piedmont Asks $1.98 Million [Curbed SF]