Open House Obsession: Revisiting the ’50s in El Cerrito


Where: 825 Galvin Drive, El Cerrito
When: Sunday, June 25 from 2:00pm to 4:30pm
How Much: $1.198M
What: The most recent renovation project by interior designer Sean Gaston and Bee Renovated, this Post & Beam is emblematic of the modest, progressive Mid-Century Modern housing built in the East Bay after WWII. The team bought the 5-bed, 3.5-bath hillside ranch in reasonably good condition– Gaston says it was more of a restoration than a renovation– but they replaced endless carpeting with new hardwood flooring and improved the home’s flow, plus a new kitchen and baths with Heath Ceramics tile. Fortunately, the exposed tongue-and-groove ceilings and exquisite Japanese birch panels had never been painted over and only needed some touch-up.

The new kitchen, with a wall of Heath tiles:

Our favorite feature? The huge lower level family room– fitted out for entertaining and open to the yard:

Back upstairs, incredible views of the North Bay and Golden Gate:

More: Go to the listing for more images, and Sean Gaston’s portfolio for more about his work and other Mid-Century projects.