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1701 Carter Street, Oakland
Sold: $850,000

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MASTERPIECE OF MODERNISM: BAY VIEWS & PRIVACY

This masterpiece of modernism was designed in 1949 by architect Stanley Smith who was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright and the Bauhaus school of architecture. This house is constructed of stucco, brick and concrete and reflects both the open design of international architecture and the California influenced design focusing on outdoor living. Varying changes in ceiling heights create open tall public spaces and lower ceilings create intimate gathering places. The setting is nestled on a gentle hillside with views of Mount Tamalpais and the bay from the living room and dining room. Ancient cypress and live oaks enhance the horizontality of the architecture. From the deck there is a breathtaking view of two cities, three bridges and the bay.

THE ENTRANCE:
The curved brick and stucco staircase with its custom tubular handrail lead to the front door and open to an entrance hall with views across the dining room to the fountain outside the dining room windows.
LIVING ROOM/TERRACE:
The floor-to-ceiling and clerestory windows combine to bring in beautiful light and enhance the connection to the outdoors and grand entertainment terrace that surrounds the home. This room looks both to the terrace and gardens and beyond to the bay and Mount Tamalpais.
LIVING ROOM/DINING ROOM:
This gracious and elegantly proportioned room with soaring ceiling has walls of windows with entrancing bay views and the peaceful atmosphere of grand oak and evergreen trees. The fireplace is large scale with a gas log lighter and concealed wood box for storage.
FAMILY ROOM/DEN
This spacious yet intimate family room has a second fireplace. The horizontal windows frame live oaks and a view of the bay. There are built in bookcases and cabinets as well as a unique cabinet concealing a stainless steel wet bar
KITCHEN
The kitchen is remarkable in that it has nine vertical contiguous windows looking out through the trees towards the Montclair hills and to the nearly 150 year old cypress on the corner of the lot. The upscale stainless steel appliances are two years old. The range is a Viking.
EAT-IN KITCHEN NOOK/COMPUTER AREA
There is an eating nook and built-in desk for a computer.
MASTER BEDROOM:
The master bedroom has hardwood floors and the original architect designed built-in vanity with lit mirror and built-in headboard flanked by bookcases. It opens on to its own private terrace enclosed by a brick wall and looking into a private garden. There is a dressing room area with a marvelous built in cabinet containing 12 drawers and shelving. Additionally, there are two closets and a bath with its original mid-century fixtures and tile.
LOWER LEVEL & GARAGE
The lower level garage not only fits two cars side by side but also has a workshop and laundry room area. There is also an additional basement storage area. A door leads from the garage to a private enclosed area for use as a gardening/potting area and handy storage for garden tools.
LOT & SETTING
The house is situated on three lots giving it privacy as well as the ideal setting for its architecture. The curving front staircase is mirrored by a curved brick walkway leading to the other side of the house. There are rhododendrons, dogwoods, live oaks, camelias, Japanese maples, cypress and redwoods. The terrace surrounds the house on three sides. Outside the living room, the terrace is framed on one side by a long buffet style built in brick barbecue and on the other side by a rose garden. A curving brick walkway leads to a deck perched on the hillside with a three bridge, two city bay view.