Zen-inspired midcentury modern home on Berkeley's private Maybeck Twin Drive asks $3.5 million

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Every Bay Area design lover knows well the name of Bernard Maybeck. If you're a true architecture buff, you may have even visited the former Berkeley home of the architect whose houses, with a philosophy of low environmental impact, are a signature of what would become known as the San Francisco Bay Tradition.

Maybeck's own cottage, designated a City of Berkeley landmark in 2002, is the first house on a private lane now known as Maybeck Twin Drive, which is populated by homes said to have been designed by the architect for members of his family.

Number 14 Maybeck Twin Drive, though, was built by another local architect of the midcentury: Orinda-based modernist Robert Klemmedson, whose residential work differs from Maybeck's Arts and Crafts style by employing an Asian-inspired aesthetic. Both architects, however, imagined buildings that emphasized natural light and a connection to the surrounding land.


This home, situated on two parcels, recently entered the market at an asking price of $3.5 million and promises a true experience of Berkeley living—just a mile away, you can even walk to Chez Panisse.

Inspired by the Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto, Japan, the four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom residence centers on zen vibes and indoor-outdoor living with views over the treetops all the way to San Francisco from every single room.

Beamed wood ceilings in the living spaces are made all the more soothing with recessed mood lighting crowning the perimeter. A marble fireplace and built-in shelving anchor the minimalist living room. The open floor plan connects this space to a bright dining room with two windowed walls and an efficient kitchen with a center island, ample storage, and a breakfast nook.

There are two en suite bedrooms, each with walk-in closets, on the main level. A second space consists of a bedroom with a family room reflective of the main living area.

Additional amenities include a utility room with laundry, wine cellar, and two-car garage. A deck with a sweeping panoramic view wraps the entire length of the residence.


Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3.5

Size: 3,449 square feet

Asking price: $3,500,000

// 14 Maybeck Twin Dr. (Berkeley); for more information, visit 14maybecktwindrive.com.

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