25 Tanglewood Road, Berkeley

A $2.5 million renovation and expansion led by architect Stanley Saitowitz transformed the former 1940’s ranch house at 25 Tanglewood Road into a “breezy, light-filled contemporary box” (per Met Home in 2005), with 4,250 square feet of living space on a Claremont District double lot.

Stripped down to the studs, the interior was refinished in a palette of drywall, concrete and wood, with walls of glass around the expanded central courtyard.

25 Tanglewood Road Court, Night

The exterior of the four-bedroom home is clad in zinc and horizontal wood siding.  And the property, which includes a detached one-bedroom guest house, is now on the market and listed for $4,250,000.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by Emanon

    I usually don’t like Saitowitz but this is well done. Price seems high for the neighborhood given that there’s no view.

    • Posted by jwb

      People in the East Bay have hobbies other than gazing at San Francisco.

      • Posted by shza

        You aren’t seriously denying that views command a premium, are you?

        • Posted by eh

          No, I don’t think they are, just like you aren’t saying that views are the only measure of price.

      • Posted by Emanon

        I live in the Oakland Hills. It’s not just Frisco in the viewshed. Depending on were you are in the hills, you have Lake Merritt, downtown Oakland, downtown Berkeley, Berkeley Marina, the Bay, the new east span of the Bay Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Yerba Buena/Treasure Island, Angel Island, Marin…..

  2. Posted by morpheus

    Stanley is not a licensed architect.

    • Posted by Futurist

      You are correct. He is NOT listed on the California Architects Board. Legally speaking, he is not allowed to call himself an architect and he should not be referred to as an architect. Others in his firm, I suspect, are licensed.

      The term “architect” is a legally defined role, within the construction industry, as one who as passed a state exam for the license.

    • Posted by Doug B

      That explains a lot… particularly the new city jail at 8 Octavia.

      • Posted by Futurist

        Well, no, it actually doesn’t. Becoming a licensed architect involves about 7 different tests administered by the state: dealing with construction, technical aspects, engineering, life safety, construction management, and a VERY broad overview of “design”.

        Lots of licensed architect are “terrible” designers. Design is not really legislated by the state. My own personal view is that design is learned from other established, talented designers.

        But design ideology and “style” is very personal and really hard to define.

        • Posted by Doug B

          Next time I’ll use tags.

  3. Posted by EBGuy

    For that kind of money, I’d probably go for the former personal residence of Berkeley architects Marcy Wong and Donn Logan. Looks like they have views too.

  4. Posted by Dan Clark

    It’s guess it’s just a pet peeve of mine, but it’s palette, not palate (nor pallet, for that matter).

    • Posted by JR "Bob" Dobbs

      Unless someone was eating that drywall, concrete and wood (or just had a taste for it).

  5. Posted by solis69

    There seems to be major cracks running through the interior and exterior of the concrete floor surface. Or than that, I really like the flow of this house. The views of the garden/landscape are awesome.

    • Posted by RobBob

      Concrete settles and cracks… it looks like there are not enough properly placed joints to restrict where the cracking happens (with properly spaced joints the cracking would be restricted to the joints).

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