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Location: Lafayette, California
Designed by John Carl Warnecke, the prominent 20th-century San Francisco architect known for projects like the Hawaii State Capitol building and the John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame memorial at the Arlington National Cemetery, this 1952-built residence covering a 1.34-acre lot is larger than most midcentury modern homes we feature. Clocking in at 4,578 square feet, the house is an exemplary example of Warnecke's work in contextual architecture, which is the idea of designing buildings with the larger environment in mind. As such, the six-bedroom compound is spread across two main wings, which splendidly wrap around an expansive courtyard and saltwater pool. Interior spaces are also full of large windows and glass walls that frame landscaped views.
Marked by exposed beams and wood-planked walls, the renovated interiors comes ready with a chef's kitchen, show-stopping copper fireplace, and radiant-heated oak floors throughout. The current decor scheme skews grey with very controlled pops of color, but as the listing photos suggest, there's plenty of natural chroma right out the window.