Described by Vanity Fair as “the court jester of California architecture,” Ace Architecture has designed some of the Bay Area’s most whimsical looks, including the Leviathan Building in Oakland, where the firm’s headquarters once stood, and this Berkeley Claremont Hills home, nicknamed “the Saxophone House” due to its unmistakable resemblance to the woodwind instrument.
One of thousands of new homes that rose from the ashes following the Oakland-Berkeley Firestorm, the three-bedroom, three-and-one-half bathroom house at 1985 Tunnel Road was, fittingly, built in 1996 for an amateur jazz player.
Most notably, it features a Streamline Moderne/Art Deco-style facade with an oversized chimney that looks like the curved bell of a massive saxophone and twin star towers shaped like smooth soprano saxophones. (You know, the kind Kenny G plays.)
But the grandiosity doesn’t stop outside. The interiors are also a sight to behold, especially the swirling, golden-hued staircase reaching all three floors. Glass bricks can be found throughout the abode, from the living room wet bar to the decadent master bathroom. And don’t miss the fireplace emitting faint Memphis Group vibes.
Other highlights here include a recently renovated kitchen, three decks with views of the bay, a three-car garage, skylights, and natural light infusing all three floors. Can you dig?
Asking is $1,895,000, listed through Lori Alden of Chalkboard Realty.