Open House Obsession: Waking Up a Classic Kensington Mid-Century Modern


Where: 38 Arlington Avenue, Kensington
When: Sunday, June 23 and June 30 from 2:00pm to 4:30pm
What: Built in 1953 for the same family that occupied it until a few months ago, this 4-bed, 3.5-bath house in the hills above San Francisco Bay didn’t just get “refreshed”– it got a complete overhaul by designer Sean Gaston and contractors Bee Renovated. On the market today, asking $1.198M.

Changes included the expected new systems, paint and windows, but probably the most important decision was to take down one wall of the narrow, original kitchen and opening it to the dining and living rooms. The living room’s vintage stacked stone fireplace and mahogany walls have been buffed-up and preserved:

Gaston, who directs design for Bee Renovated projects, completely renovated the lower level, adding a wet bar with wine refrigeration to the family room, an office, and expanded an existing small bedroom and bath to make an in-law or guest suite with its own entrance. Like the main level, there’s access to a large deck and the yard.

The front of the house, below, and how it appeared pre-renovation via Google Streetview. The master suite– which occupies the entire upper level– was reconfigured and now has a new bath. Gaston gave the front a new look with a bit of pergola and privacy screens.

Upside: The house is ready to move into, and it’s on the “view” side of Arlington Avenue– all the major rooms and outdoor spaces look West towards the Bay and the hills of Marin County.
More: Check the listing for more information and images. Sean Gaston’s work in Palm Springs was featured in the current CH + D Summer Issue plus you can see more of his extensive portfolio at his