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Midcentury time capsule in Silicon Valley asks $1.6M

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The home was built in 1956 and is on the market for the first time ever

A private brick courtyard makes up the entrance to the home, which features a gently sloping roof and clerestory windows.
A private courtyard makes up the entrance to the 1956 home.
Photos via Miriam Chirko

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Location: San Mateo, California

Price: $1,648,000

On the market for the first time since it was built in 1956, this midcentury modern time capsule by Danish architect Mogens Mogensen is located in Sunset Terrace, an enclave of modern architecture in San Mateo, in Silicon Valley, California.

Mogensen designed about a dozen tract homes here, and many more including apartments and office buildings all over Northern California for developer David Bohannon. Often confused for Eichlers, Mogensen’s ranchers feature the era’s signature characteristics like gently sloping roofs, low profiles, and glass expanses.

All of these elements are showcased is this 2,740-square-foot house, which has been largely untouched save for a contemporary, two-story studio addition built in 1988 that is separated from the main house by a glazed connection.

Set behind a fence, the property is entered by way of the original copper gate, behind which is a large, private brick courtyard. A wall of glass marks the entrance to the residence, where a great room with brick fireplace and beam ceilings opens onto a back patio by way of another expanse of windows.

A dining room and what appears to be the original kitchen both feature wood paneling (which is found throughout the home), and from there, the bedrooms and bathrooms follow.

A garage and carport round out the property, which is located at 3135 Sunset Terrace and is offered at $1.6 million.

Via: Miriam Chirko, Estately