Sean Gaston’s Latest Berkeley Renovation, $1.5M


Where: 1003 Middlefield Road, Berkeley Hills
When: Sunday October 29 and November 5 from 2:00pm-4:30pm (both days)
Asking: $1,495,000
What: Once a basic c.1955 spec house in the Berkeley Hills, this 5-bed, 3-bath recently underwent a very stylish overhaul by designer Sean Gaston in collaboration with Bee Renovated. With more than a decade of experience, the team has assembled an admirable portfolio of renovations (for private clients as well as themselves) in both San Francisco’s East Bay and in Palm Springs– all with the same handsome, classic design qualities and impeccable craftsmanship.

Austere and barely visible from the street, there’s a welcoming courtyard behind the gate.

Below, the skylit foyer. Gaston designed the custom black lacquered screen as part of the renovation’s layered, unfolding look and unified color palette.

The living room/dining room’s original fir paneling has been given a polished new look with Benjamiin Moore’s Wrought Iron; white paint throughout the house is Benjamin Moore’s Simply White. The original fireplace was replaced with a new surround and a raised hearth, inspired by one Gaston had seen in Palm Springs.

What We Love: More than just a cosmetic re-invention, the property has had complete seismic and systems upgrade, including an electric car charger and Nest technology, along with new windows and hickory flooring. This “before” snapshot gives an idea of the scope of what only looks effortless.

With a new wall of glass, the living area and deck look out onto a preserve.

Previously a galley between the foyer and dining room, the kitchen has been completely re-configured, plus the dining area now opens to the courtyard through new sliding doors.

Below, on the lower level, the reconfigured master suite opens to a shaded deck.

More: Have a look at the listing for additional details. Represented by Ruth Frassetto at The Grubb Company.