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Montclair midcentury asks under $1 million

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Built by Mark Mills, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright

Photos by Open Homes Photography, courtesy of Nancy Moore of Pacific Union International

Mark Mills, who trained under the tutelage of Frank Lloyd Wright and worked on early designs for developer Joseph Eichler, is considered one of the world’s top architects, at least according to Architectural Digest, who said as much two years after his death in 2007.

Sadly, there aren’t a lot of Mills’ works from which to choose these days. (Mill’s “Far-A-Way House” and “Copper Spine House” were demolished in the ’90s after an unsuccessful battle to block their demolition.) But today one of his works lands on the market, a circa-1957 midcentury in Oakland’s tony Montclair’s neighborhood.

Featuring four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and 2,024 square feet, 2090 Arrowhead Drive features many elements that come with midcentury design: exposed beams, vaulted ceilings, and floor to ceiling windows.

Purists might wince at some of the renovated design elements like track lighting and tiled fireplace in au courant fashion, but buyers will be pleased at recent updates such as remodeled baths and beds, and as well as new sewage and drainage.

Last sold in 2013 for $745,000, it returns asking $950,000.