Open House Obsession: Kensington Mid-Century Gets a High-Style Update

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Where: 206 Yale Avenue, Kensington
When: Sunday, September 21 from 2:00pm to 4:30pm
Asking: $1.079M
What: This 1948 hillside house in Kensington had seen better days when interior designer and serial renovator Sean Gaston had his first look at it– but now there’s a new, open floor plan, a new kitchen, and a complete new color palette inside and out. The previous owner had enclosed the front in a greenhouse for her orchid collection, and Gaston reinvented it as a sheltered outdoor room running from front to back:

Inside the front door, the stairs to the lower level were opened up with a half wall, visually creating a foyer that never previously existed:


Attention to Detail: Gaston has developed a signature palette of paint colors especially suited to the East Bay’s unique light and weather– for both interior and exterior– and, of course, the property comes with a touch-up kit for the new owners.


The 4-bed, 3-bath home is two stories in back, with a huge open view of the Bay:

More: Check out the listing for more images, and have a comprehensive look at Sean Gaston’s work along with Bee Renovated’s portfolio.