While every space has a story to tell, there are only a select few that have a remarkable history hidden in their walls. Such is the case of this mid-century modern Peerspace location nestled in the Oakland hills. At first glance, it’s a stunning home with unique decor and sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find a fascinating story about innovative design and the birth of modern architecture. As the only home in Northern California built by world-famous architect and pioneer of the mid-century modern movement, Edward Killingsworth, this private residence’s history is truly unlike any other.
Killingsworth, who began his architecture career as an artist and painter, was dedicated to serving the public and his clients. He became famous after he was selected by Arts & Architecture magazine to participate in the Case Study Houses experiment in domestic architecture. The Case Study Houses provided the most innovative architects in the country with the resources to explore a new way of design in a post-World War II era. They were encouraged to redefine the American home in the sudden housing boom in an effort to maintain lasting quality at a low-cost and high-demand. Killingsworth’s homes were quickly revered for their emphasis on a new modern, ergonomic design that utilized cost-effective materials and construction process. This established him alongside the country’s most inspired architectural minds of the era.
After finishing the Case Study Houses, Killingsworth went on to complete large scale public projects, but only built a few mid-century modern residential properties. One of those select residences is this 1965 Bay Area property, which is considered an exemplary model of his vision. Driving up a private, unassuming road in a quiet hill-side neighborhood sets the stage for this classic home. Each aspect of the construction merges seamlessly with the natural landscape to create a corporate retreat atmosphere that is both unassuming and sophisticated.
An oasis just far enough from the city, the location is perfect for stylish events, corporate retreats, and nostalgic photo shoots. From forest views out a wall of windows to impeccable decor, no detail of this home has been overlooked. Killingsworth approached each project with the intent to merge it with the surrounding environment and soften the boundaries of space, blending exterior with interior, and public with private. With a 60-foot wooden deck nestled amidst tall trees, calming water features, terraced gardens, and views of the San Francisco Bay, this home is truly an architectural wonder.
Although the bones of the house are original, the exterior has been carefully restored and the interior has been decorated to highlight the breathtaking architecture. “Each element of the house is custom built,” says homeowner Tara, who has lived there for four years. “I spent hours researching mid-century modern architecture and building relationships with tradesmen who are willing to help with complex repairs. Most people wanted to rip out the existing structure and update everything. It’s been hard to find people who are willing to invest the time and energy needed to keep everything original.”
Investing such dedication in the restoration has paid off, which is apparent the moment you step through the oversized wooden door. The interior of the home features classic mid-century modern design elements such as floor-to-ceiling windows, a floating staircase and numerous hidden cabinets. In Mad Men-esque style, the living room even boasts a secret bar built into the wall. The current decor, such as a custom Sputnik light fixture with 72 arms and 60’s-inspired wallpaper, gives a nod to the past while incorporating timeless elegance, making it perfect for corporate retreats.
“I’ve worked hard to keep the home true to its nature,” Sims says. “My goal was to achieve an environment where I can both relax as well as entertain. I love having a place that is ideal for both. It brings me joy to share my home with others who can cherish how special it is. For me, space is something to be appreciated.”
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