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Hillsborough ‘Flinstone House’ sold for $2.8 million

Bulbous beauty finally finds a buyer

Rusty orange Flinstone House exterior. Photos courtesy of Alain Pinel

The famed, polarizing Flintstone House in Hillsborough, located at 45 Berryessa Way, landed on the market in 2015 for a whopping $4.2 million. Since then, it saw several price chops. And in May, it found a buyer. Today the final sale price was announced.

After asking $3.19 million, it closed for $2.8 million, according to Judy Meuschke of Alain Pinel Realtors.

Korie Edises, who bought the place in 1996 for $800,000 (the equivalent of $1.23 million today) ended up netting a hefty return. Now the big question remains—will the new owner keep the unique abode as-is?

Using innovative building materials, architect William Nicholson built the home in 1976. Its one-of-a-kind look—a series of rusty orange blobs relaxing in the hills over I-280 in Hillsborough—is an unofficial South Bay landmark.

Regarding the home’s special structure, Curbed SF noted in 2015, “The rounded forms are made by spraying a kind of concrete on metal frames molded over balloons.” Colloquially known as the Flintstone House, it's also referred to as the Barbapapa House “after the circular, shape-shifting creatures featured in a children's book from the 1970s.”

Fingers crossed that this beloved, cartoonish abode stays true to form.