According to the agent for the iconic ‘Flintstone House,’ by asking $4.2 million for the property they’ve priced it for somebody who really wants the quirky 2,730-square-foot house rather than a developer or individual looking for a lot upon which to build a larger Hillsborough home. But in fact, the exact opposite could very well be true.
Keep in mind that the Flintstone House, which isn’t an official landmark nor protected, sits on a nearly 2-acre Hillsborough lot at 45 Berryessa Way. And today, a ‘Mid-Century architectural gem’ at 35 Grevillea Court, which sits on a 3/4-acre Hillsborough parcel even closer to I-280 and with lesser views, has hit the market listed as a “lot” with approved plans for a new 5,340 square foot modern home. And the smaller “lot” has been priced at $4.2 million as well.
Designed by William Nicholson and built in 1976, the experimental Flintstone House was constructed by spraying shotcrete onto steel rebar and wire mesh frames over inflated balloons.
The original foundation and structure was damaged by water runoff from up the hill behind and the compromised house last traded hands for $800,000 in 1996, after which it was restored, repainted and remodeled inside, including a futuristic kitchen designed by Eugene Tsui.