Mid-century marvelous: Healdsburg home designed by Mario Corbett on the market for $4.5 million
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14665 McDonough Heights Road, Healdsburg - $4,500,000
3 beds, 4 baths, 3,670 square feet. Year built: 1955. Lot size 3.3 acres.
Vintage charmer: A redwood post and beam house built by famed Bay Area architect Mario Corbett is on the market in Healdsburg. Click further to take a peek inside. (Photos courtesy of BAREIS. Property listed by JoAnn Bursick, Vanguard Properties)
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Bay Area Tradition: A leader of a modernist architectural style that dominated the Bay Area during the fifties and sixties, Mario Corbett designed 125 homes sensitively sited in nature.
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Zen retreat: The exterior of the home has a subtle quiet elegance, intermixed with mature Asian inspired landscaping it transports you to another place and time.
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Ooh la la entrance: Former owner Don Frediani called his home the "Oh my God" house, referring to the reaction guests had upon entering the home. Click further to see if you have a similar opinion.
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Wow factor: Walls of windows bring the outside in making the trees and surrounding landscape a part of the home.
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Mid-century details: The interplay of redwood support beams and oak boards creates an intricate chevron pattern on the ceiling.
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Quintessentially California: The open concept living space subtly transitions from living room to den.
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Media room: A television concealed in a corner of the home makes nature the focal point of the living space.
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Double duty: A modern brick fireplace does double duty partitioning the living and dining areas and heating the open-concept great room.
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Interior: Appliances have been updated over the years, but the galley-style kitchen stays true to the original 1955 design.
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Kitchen: An awe-inspiring view of the Dry Creek Valley provides a pleasant distraction from the drudgery of dishes.
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Bedroom: A modernist twist on plantation shutters provides a bit of privacy in the master suite.
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Bathroom: Tiles in an earthy color palate stay true to the "one with nature" appeal.
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Gallery way: A white-walled hallway provides an ideal setting for showcasing artwork.
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Echoed themes: The guest house mimics the design of the main residence with a wall of windows that opens onto the poolside deck.
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Guesthouse interior: Plenty of room for a home office or whatever your heart desires.
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Asian fusion: Danish modern furnishings blend seamlessly with Asian inspired artwork in the guest house great room.
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Interior: A wood-burning stove keeps things cozy on chilly Healdsburg nights.
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Kitchen: A gas stove and stainless-steel fridge for overnight guests.
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Peaceful repose: Now and "Zen" I love a little modernist bedroom with picture windows that showcase the natural surroundings.
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Bathroom: It's clear the bathrooms have been updated since the 1950s, but they need a 21st century makeover to bring them into the post-modern era.
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Exterior: A private spot for your morning cup of coffee on the wrap-around deck.
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Pool: A mid-century marvelous pool area that begs for a martini with a twist.
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Exterior: Take a stroll around the 3.3 surrounding acres lovingly landscaped with a nod to Asian garden design.
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Exterior: Enjoy views of the Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys from this hilltop Healdsburg home.
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Wrap-around deck: Kick back with a glass of Chardonnay and enjoy the sunset at 14665 McDonough Heights Road.
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A new kind of country house: When Corbett designed this home in the 1950s the minimalist aesthetic was a revolutionary approach to the traditional county abode.
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Bird's eye view: An aerial view of the property highlights the unique shapes created by the home, pool, lawn and guest house.
Grab a martini my friends, a mid-century home designed by Bay Area architect Mario Corbett just entered the market for a cool $4.5 million.
Born from an architecture family Corbett helped popularize a style of modern architecture known as the Bay Area Tradition. Riding in on the second wave of this style, Corbett’s homes were characterized by open floor plans and redwood post beams that punctuated walls of windows. These glass houses brought the outside in unifying minimalist interiors with opulent natural surroundings.
The 3.3 acre estate at 14665 McDonough Heights Road, may be sparsely adorned but it isn’t boring. The redwood interior is a work of art, blending natural materials to create patterns and visual interest.
The 2,000 square foot main residence centers around a large great room with an eye catching brick hearth that provides warmth and separation between living and dining areas of the home.
A second guest residence mimics the original redwood house design with a metal exposed beam ceiling and glass wall that opens up onto a pool area with views of the Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys.
This simply elegant minimalist design was ahead of its time and now fits in perfectly with contemporary tastes and preferences.
So I’ll play Betty Draper and you play Don as we click through the photos above of this this marvelous mid-century oasis.