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A Donald Olsen–Designed Midcentury Seeks $1.7M in Berkeley, CA



Property Details:

Location: 735 Cragmont Avenue, Berkeley, California

Price: $1,695,000

Year constructed: 1956

Architect: Donald Olsen

Footprint: 1,798 sq. toes (three bedrooms, two baths)

Lot measurement: 5,934 sq. toes

From the agent: “Architect Donald Olsen was a disciple of the founder of the Bauhaus School, Walter Gropius, and designed 735 Cragmont in 1956 at the peak of his artistic career. His strict adherence to crisp iconic modular white buildings stood apart from fellow architects designing in the Bay Area tradition, whose houses mostly featured rustic natural woods. Modest and at the same time monumental, Olsen’s dedication to planning, efficiency, natural light, and visual framing of the adjacent landscape, create a magical home. Watch the lights of San Francisco as the fog rolls in through the Golden Gate Bridge and envelopes the area below. Surrounded by an expansive garden in front and an intimate garden in the rear, this house is a treasure to be lived in.”

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