This house has been ahead of its time since it was built in 1950. Unlike most ranch houses of its era, it had a family room connected to the kitchen and walls of glass looking out to the back garden. For the past 34 years, it has been carefully maintained, updated and adorned by the current homeowners. The house had great bones to start, including gracious formal living and dining rooms and a burgundy and pink tiled central bathroom that remains in mint condition. (Take a look at the antiqued mirror-fronted bathroom cabinets. Original and glamorous!)
The homeowners opened their doors to the Rose Garden Homes Tour this fall.
One of the homeowners, a retired schoolteacher, is the artisan of the duo and took his talents to add color, texture and craftsmanship to the kitchen and bathrooms especially. An expert is paint finishes and detailed woodworking, he has transformed walls and cabinets. Peek at his detail work, including the Venetian plaster ceiling in the bathroom off the laundry room. Ask a docent to open the secret spice racks he built into the stove hood and the curved drawers for silverware in the island. The rear bathroom is another masterpiece, where he engineered a swinging bedroom door that doubles as a bathroom closet door. (When the bedroom door is open, the door then closes the bathroom closet. And notice the woodwork on the door he matched with the cabinetry.) He also fashioned a medicine cabinet using an oil painting, instead of a mirror, on the facade. The couple have collected antiques at shops and auction houses around the Bay Area, and also cherish their two Lalique statues, one of fish in the living room, and another of cats in the dining room.
This house, built for the Zolezzi family more than a half century ago, remains in pristine condition today.
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