Open House Obsession: Open Skies and Mt. Diablo From a Classic Alamo Mid-Century


Where: 2061 Ridgewood Road, Alamo
When: Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Asking: $1.7M
What: Built in 1959 on a gently down-sloping 7.7-acre lot overlooking the San Ramon Valley– and sited with a head-on view of Mt. Diablo– this 3-bed, 3.5-bath Post & Beam is a lucky survivor with most of its features intact.

The architect is unknown, but it’s similar to the houses Joseph Eichler was putting up in nearby Walnut Creek at the same time– just much larger– plus it looks close to work of architect Donn Emmons, who was designing similar show houses for the nascent air-conditioning industry. Whoever it was, the roofline, the spread-winged plan, and the free-form pool were the most up-to-date design elements of the time.

Set against a curving, glazed brick wall, the hammered iron and brass fireplace hood in the living room is classic:

A more expensive house of the period may have had an open span under the roof, but the graphic qualities of the three central spaces– entry, living room, and dining room– could be better defined by a new owner. Plus an upgrade to the vintage HVAC registers would be a step in the right direction:

No white vinyl sliders here– the entire central panel of glass slides open for access to the patio– plus there’s also an adjacent wet bar with vintage, custom cabinet work. Close by is a large family/media room and an office that could become a 4th bedroom.

The master bedroom and bath at night:

What We Love: The pool and patio are big enough for dozens of your best friends and completely private unless the papparazzi hire a helicopter. There’s also a chicken coop and organic garden located off the carport.

More: check out the property’s dedicated site for additional images.