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Gorgeously restored midcentury house asks $800K in San Diego

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The home by Case Study architect Craig Ellwood is Southern California indoor-outdoor living at its best

Interior shot of open-plan living area looking out onto backyard via wall of floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors. Ceiling is beamed.
The home has been restored to its original design.
Photos by Darren Bradley

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Location: San Diego, California

Price: $800,000

An incredibly restored midcentury modern home by Case Study architect Craig Ellwood has come on the market in San Diego, California. Originally designed in 1953 for Gerry and Charles Bobertz, the three-bedroom has since undergone a complete transformation that has returned the home to its intended state after years of modifications and wear.

The current owner Keith York bought the home in 2000 and began an extensive renovation that tore down an addition and brought back as many original elements as possible, consulting plans and even historians of Ellwood’s work.

The result is a gorgeous yet simple home that showcases Ellwood’s commitment to clarity, materials, and structure. Defined by clean lines and glass expanses, the 1,870-square-foot residence’s main attraction is the airy open-plan living and dining space with full-height windows and sliding glass doors that open onto the landscaped backyard. A kitchen with color-blocked cabinet sliders and a grey-brick fireplace round out the space.

Throughout the flat-roofed dwelling, walls are paneled in stained redwood, the floors are cork, and the tongue-and-groove ceilings feature exposed beams. Each of the three bedrooms also boasts full glazing, allowing seamless indoor-outdoor access to a secluded courtyard, in the case of a master suite, and another patio off the two smaller rooms.

Located at 5503 Dorothy Drive, it’s offered at $800,000 in its first public sale since 1967.

Courtesy of Keith York