Craigslist finds, May 2007: West Coast Edition

Plenty of nice stuff out there if you know where to look. Included for your edification, several bits & pieces of Arts & Crafts furniture, architectural salvage and other related items that I've found using the terrific Craigslist search engine Crazedlist.

  • refinished Limbert dresser with original copper hardware, $1000 (San Francisco CA)
  • document or sample cabinet, $340 (Santa Cruz CA)
  • Gustav Stickley ladderback chair, $475 (Santa Cruz CA)
  • L & JG Stickley "postal desk" and rocker, $500 ea (Glendora CA)
  • set of 4 early Mission Revival / Craftsman side chairs and 1 armchair, $350 (Ventura CA)
  • Stickley #729 writing desk, $5900 (Montecito CA)
  • round pedestal dining table, $600 (Sherman Oaks CA)
  • set of four c1925 Stickley side chairs, $3600 (Las Vegas NV)
  • set of two contemporary Stickley spindle-back armchairs, $1300 (Del Mar CA)
  • contemporary glass-top Stickley coffee table, $250 (San Diego CA)
  • L & JG Stickley armless rocker, $500 (Portland OR)
  • another Stickley armless rocker, this one with new-ish leather seat, $250 (Portland OR)
  • Stickley Bros. rocker, needs minor repair, $225 (Tacoma WA)
  • drop-leaf Mission desk, $275 (Alameda CA)

more houseporn: brown shingles for sale

The unpainted (or brown-painted) brown shingle is one of my favorite types of house. Usually taller than a one-story ground-hugging bungalow, built in either a Craftsman style or Western Stick variant (which often incorporates more rustic and cabin-like features, like rougher beam endings and less-symmetrical eaves), and are less often Craftsman-fied Queen Annes, with glossy trim and a bid of beadwork around the windows, these houses always seemed warm and friendly to me - partly because I grew up in Berkeley, CA, which is full of such homes, and partly because my father lives in a very warm & comfortable house built in this style. Some are raw wood or brown-painted wood shingle, others use wood siding or brown-painted wood siding; all share a sort of undecorated honesty of design. (There are also quite a few very modern brown shingles, built in the angular "Northern California" style that owes far more to Sea Ranch than Maybeck; these are mostly in the Eucalyptus woods of the upper Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco Hills, and while I am sure many of them are fine homes, they're not especially interesting to me, or - I imagine - to you.)

Here are a number of attractive brown shingles for sale. As you can see, the style is most popular on the West Coast, specifically in the Bay Area; I doubt wood shingle would last nearly as long when exposed regularly to snow, wind and ice.

Realty Advocates: the under-pricing epidemic

Brett Weinstein and Hal Feiger sell real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their firm, Realty Advocates, advertises "full real estate services at reduced fees," and they really do approach their jobs as a trade and craft and not just a get-quick scheme - Hal is very active in the development of non-profit affordable housing in the area, and even found the synagogue I grew up with (Rabbi Burt officiated my Bar Mitzvah!), Kehilla, a permanent home in the East Bay. Brett, on the other hand, has worked as a carpenter and general contractor, and knows a lot more about quality construction than most of the agents I interact with. Basically, I'd buy a house from these guys.

Recently, they added a blog to their site; one recent article caught my eye. Read the complete article at their site:

You know the practice: suggesting, or going along with a seller’s idea, that the best way to obtain the highest price in the sale of a house is to deliberately ask a price that is well below what you expect it to sell for. A more odious variation: agreeing to list a property at a price the seller has told you he would not accept. You figure this is pretty safe: everything gets bid up these days. The SF Chronicle recently dubbed this the “under-pricing epidemic.”

Sometimes this practice is blatant, as when the agent puts in the confidential remarks section of the MLS: “seller reserves the right to reject any and all offers.” Other times, it is hidden, as when offer day comes and you, the buyer’s agent, deliver the only offer. You are then countered at a price ten of thousands, and sometimes, hundreds of thousands of dollars more than the asking price. In essence, the buyer is being told to bid against himself.

for sale: real estate update, May 2007

A few homes that struck me as I was browsing new (to me) search engine Oodle, which lets you look at classifieds at almost every major newspaper in the US (and plenty of not-so-major papers):

East Bay (California) homes for sale

stuff you can't live without: Mag-o-Grip

I don't frequently recommend individual products here, but this is so incredibly useful for anyone who builds, repairs or otherwise tinkers that I had to mention it.

The Mag-o-grip (not sure about the hyphenation) is basically a magnetic wrist-wrap that lets you keep nails, screws, nuts, bolts, drill bits and other useful metal things on hand. That's it - so simple I'm amazed it hasn't been around for 100 years, but I guess truly useful things are often this simple - and not really obvious until you see them. It's available for about $15 from MDG Tools and various retailers. I don't know about you, but I'm tired of having forgotten nails, nuts and heavy staples shred my shirt pockets and clog up the dryer lint trap...

"Shelterporn" from Houstonist: big profits in Texas

Houstonist's every-Saturday Shelterporn section focused on a really pretty bungalow in last weekend's edition:

Longtime shelterporn readers will know that we're most partial to two kinds of houses: clean, contemporary designs and traditional bungalows. Frankly, though, it's the bungalow that really makes us think "home" — and so it's only natural that we fell in love with this Heights beauty at first sight.

At $599K, it's no bargain, whatever that means, but I can't speak to relative prices, not having much knowledge of Houston's current real estate climate. However, based on the last selling price and the square footage price of other homes in the neighborhood, Zillow estimates the home's value at $187,915, which certainly seems a bit more realistic.

Adam Wells, president of Clerestory Homes, says that the upgrades and renovations were extensive:

This project was definitely a labor of love for our company. It is an original 1920s bungalow that was extensively remodeled and renovated. We added ~1,900 sq.ft. to the original ~900 sq.ft. footprint.

You can see previous sales data here; looks like a flipper or the developer bought it for $160,656 last year - so a more than 300% increase in price. It's just too bad that people are priced out of neighborhoods they've lived in for years, and entire areas are ghettoized, by profiteering and personal greed. That said, the house itself is beautiful, inside and out, and apparently the buyer is very happy with her purchase.

Urban Archaeology: architectural salvage in New York City

Urban Archaeology, with showrooms in Manhattan, Bridgehampton, Boston and Chicago, has been in the business of saving urban architectural treasures since they opened their Manhattan store in 1978.

In addition to a large stock of salvaged materials, they have also developed their own line of lighting, bath accessories, washstands and medicine cabinets based on popular historic designs.

As far as salvage goes, though, this is no scrapyard, but rather the highest end of the collectible architectural antique sellers.

for sale: restored Horseheads NY home, $199,500

From Martha Horton's recent article in the Star-Gazette's Twin Tiers Homes section:

John Stevens, a Horseheads native, studied architecture at Cornell University, and his wife Rosemary, originally from Owego, is a Cornell graduate, but the two did not cross paths on campus. They met later, when Rosemary was employed with Corning Inc. and John, an independent electrician, was doing work there.

John had purchased a Craftsman-style house in the Village of Horseheads in 1993 from the Shappee estate. The original owner, who built the house in 1920, was James Shappee, a prominent citizen and foundry owner. His caricature by famed cartoonist Zim hangs in the Zim Center in Horseheads. James' wife Febe was a Horseheads school principal.

When Rosemary, an interior designer, first saw the house, she recognized its "good bones," and thought it was well worth preserving and updating. So the couple went to work on it, doing most of the labor themselves. "We worked on the house every day after work," Rosemary recalls, "and every weekend." They are still working on it.

John did extensive rewiring and updated the heating system. Rosemary, who now operates her own interior design firm under the name of "Designs by Rody," masterminded the aesthetics. "I wanted to keep the house in character and bring it forward as it would have evolved through the years," she explains. "Houses talk to you," Rosemary adds.

The 3+ bedroom, 4 full bath, almost 4000 square foot house is listed by Kristen Dininny, a real estate agent with Signature Properties. There's a map here.

Of course, where I live, a house like this would sell for well over $450,000, even with the market falling a bit in the past year. It's almost tempting to move to New York and try to make a living doing freelance work or by beefing up this site and trying to make some money from the advertising ... the $200,000 cash I'd walk away with from the sale of my own smaller home would cover expenses for several years.

Redfin: find, buy & sell homes online

Redfin is a real estate listing service with an integrated blog, which gathers neighborhood information, maps, photos and other information on a particular for-sale property all into a nice neat package. They bill themselves as "the industry's first online real estate brokerage," and brings the whole web 2.0 package to MLS listings. And unlike customer-hostile realtors and newspapers who hide MLS listings behind layers of logins, security measures and other barriers to a halfway decent customer experience, Redfin puts the listings themselves right there in front of you, to browse and bookmark and share as you see fit.

A recent listing in their San Francisco Bay Area section shows a small, attractive, and - as usual - ridiculously overpriced bungalow in one of my favorite Berkeley neighborhoods. Unlike other real estate tools, though, Redfin is much more upfront and honest about pricing, forgoing hype for honesty; they point out that $602 per square foot is just short of criminal, and present alternatives like this more expensive overall but only $396 per square foot home with a beautiful view just up the hill.

foreclosures mounting in Detroit, Michigan

our friend David forwards us this sad news about the possible upcoming loss of many fine bungalows in Detroit:

There is a current meltdown of foreclosures in Detroit, Michigan. Some bungalows are selling for $20,000 or less; here is the auctioneers website.

I'm afraid at these bargain-basement prices and the exodus of renters who can't find jobs, many out-of-state buyers might chose to tear down the houses and sell the salvaged materials. Or whole neighborhoods could be bought cheap and torn down for future development.

for sale: Stickley Bros. sideboard, $4200

O2cntamvue2yuj0reg2uy6a2wxna reader Jen Orsini forwards us a Craigslist advertisement for a signed Stickley Bros. sideboard with mirrored backsplash. The "'Quaint' Furniture" label is visible and in good shape, and the piece looks to be in wonderful overall condition from what I can see in these small images. The piece is located in Santa Ana, California, just outside of Los Angeles. Call Tom at 714.319.0505 if you are interested in this pretty piece of furniture.

this weeks' Craigslist finds: Northeast edition

Lots of good stuff out there for those of you seeking a bit of refuge from the frozen wastes in zealous consumerism. Look at all of these goodies!


  • slat-side Stickley cube chair: $1200 (North Jersey)
  • sturdy-looking, simple low dresser: $350 (Washington DC)
  • antique armchair, interesting motif: $300 (NYC)
  • Stickley rocker: $500 (NYC)
  • Stickley Harvey Ellis design bookcase: $1095 (Albany)
  • Stickley Prairie settle: $995 (Norfolk)
  • pretty and simple antique desk: $150 (New Haven)
  • spindle-back storage bench: $399 (Syracuse)
  • oversized slat-back rocker: $75 (Erie)
  • antique drop-front secretary: $125 (Western MA)
  • neat little Mission plant stand: $45 (Boston)
  • attractive high-grain antique sideboard: $300 (Boston)
  • wiiiiiide oak bench: $225 (Boston)
  • antique side chair with green seat: $120 (Boston)
  • library desk: $200 (Brooklyn)
  • signed Limbert settle: $1800 (New Hampshire)
  • slat-back rocker: $125 (Philadelphia)
  • library desk & side chair: $145 (North Jersey)
  • sturdy (looking) green leather Mission sofa: $1100 (Ithaca)

lamps & fixtures

  • square blue & green hanging fixture: $150 (North Jersey)
  • contemporary Mission style ceiling-mount lamp: $20 (NYC)
  • new outdoor Mission style lamp & post: $140 (Baltimore)
  • set of four hanging pendants: $20 (Catskills)

for sale: Houston Bungalow $389,000

Houstonist - one of the now innumerable -ist cityblogs (SFist, Gothamist, etc.) - has a weekly feature called shelterporn where interesting for-sale homes in the area are profiled. They recently profiled a pretty and somewhat representative Houston-area Craftsman bungalow:

Outside, the house has a great wraparound porch overlooking Welch Street, a private back yard and at least one palm tree — we've always wanted a palm tree, though we hear they can be more trouble than they're worth. But this isn't about practicality, is it? Inside, the rooms are lighted by cool Craftsman windows; there are pocket doors, a corner fireplace in the living room, an open kitchen/dining room that would be ideal for entertaining, and a master bedroom with a bay window.

February Craigslist Finds - West Coast Edition

Lots of stuff interesting to Arts & Crafts Movement aficionados on Craigslist right now; here are some highlights - things I've found on my own, or have been sent to me by my wife (an inveterate Craigslist trawler) and various readers, all from various cities on the west coast:


  • simple wooden chest: $220, San Diego CA
  • repro Basset coffee table: $50, San Diego CA
  • 8 very nice custom Limbert tall-back chairs: $3000, Oakland CA
  • rocker with Hawaiian cushion: $175, Los Angeles CA
  • Stickley Prairie-style loveseat: $1500, Sacramento CA
  • possibly previously built-in cabinet: $300, Rohnert Park CA
  • antique oak sideboard / buffet with mirror: $200, Seattle WA
  • very pretty rocker: $300, Oakland CA
  • odd English A&C or possibly Mission Revival chair: $400, Portland OR
  • quarter-sawn square table with leaf: $350, Healdsburg CA
  • umbrella stand - or with included glass, a sidetable: $275, Berkeley CA
  • 1925 oak sideboard: $?, San Jose CA
  • nice wide contemporary Stickley chest of drawers: $2950, Los Angeles CA
  • exceedingly sweet Limbert #1443.25 sideboard: $5999, Orinda CA
  • Restoration Hardware-made settle & ottomans: $1200, Los Angeles CA
  • L & JG Stickley library table / desk: $1450, Seattle WA
  • contemporary grid-front oak display cabinet: $350, Santa Rosa CA
  • nice rocker: $125, Oakland CA
  • interesting antique armchair and ottoman: $500, Berkeley CA

doors, windows & hardware

  • neat English A&C-looking door portal and handle: $90, Portland OR
  • well-maintained antique solid wood interior door: $100, San Diego CA
  • contemporary Simpson exterior door with window: $95, Medford OR
  • solid maple exterior door with custom blinds and window: $400, Portland OR
  • salvaged picture window with fancy lights: $25, San Jose CA
  • interesting stained glass diver / accent window: $600, Portland OR
  • salvaged leaded glass windows: $345, Novato CA


  • white window box / planter with Craftsman detail: $150, Santa Barbara CA
  • stained glass 5-light hanging fixture: $20, Pomona CA
  • contemporary replica mica-shade table lamp: $30, Oakland CA

Arts & Crafts sideboard for sale in Sacramento, California


From today's Sacramento Craigslist:

Quality Antique Oak Mission / Arts & Crafts Sideboard / Server. Beautiful quarter-sawn oak grain and original finish with no repairs or wood fillers. 48 in length, 22 in width, 38 in height. 1st drawer has wood dividers for silverware and lock. There is surface ring where a plant once sat & would probably come out since its not deep in the wood. I have seen these retail between $800 & $1,200. I would like to get $525 or best offer. Additional photographs are available.

monthly Craigslist finds

Lots of good stuff on Craigslist for last-minute Holiday gifts - get a piece of furniture for the A&C aficionado on your list. But why buy only for other people? What about you? You know you deserve a present for all the time you've spent shopping for your friends and family. Plenty here in Northern California, at the top of the list, and elsewhere in the country, below.

in California

outside of California

Settle & Loveseat on Ebay


Reader Dan Dutra sends us this attractive sofa & loveseat, made by Strictly Wood Furniture and now
for sale on Ebay for the excellent price of (currently) $1225. It's here in my town - Sacramento, CA - but since I just got a new sofa it's not for me, but someone will get a good deal here.

Each piece is in a spindle design and built of quarter-sawn oak, and all the upholstery is a lovely caramel Italian leather. The total for both pieces from the manufacturer today would be just under $14,000, plus shipping.

for sale: Montara CA modern bungalow, $759,000

Montara house

This chalet-roofed home was recently transformed from a sturdy 1960s ranch to this expressive, beautiful bungalow. The sellers really put themselves into the house, doing much of the work themselves; look at the beautiful woodwork, all the windows - there's lots of light throughout - and the beautiful roofline. Julie Anderson, the current owner, can tell you more:

We purchased this house almost 12 years ago.  At that time, it was a small (less than 1,000 sq. ft.) 2 bed, 1 bath house with a tar and gravel roof.  The eaves were in such bad shape that the sky could be seen through many sections. None of the appliances worked, including an electric wall heater. Numerous other components of the house were in bad shape. However, it had been built by a quite competent owner/builder who used quality materials (true 2 x 6 tongue and groove redwood sub-floor, for example), so we decided to buy the house. We had just moved from Pasadena, so while looking over the plans for a second storey addition (the main reason that we purchased the house, along with the fact that it is in a great location), we began talking to the architect that had been hired by the owner. As it turned out, the architect was a Charles Rennie Mackitosh fan, and we changed the style of this non-descript 1961 stucco house to a chalet-style Craftsman (the architect had just completed a project for a client at Lake Tahoe, who wanted a house that reflected the Arts and Crafts era, but also functioned well in the snow). My husband and I, shortly after the process began, became owner / contractors, and designed, worked, and installed nearly all of the Interior woodwork, examples of which include 5/8 x 4 oak baseboards, similar dimension window trim (in layers, which includes square plugs - literally hundreds of square plugs!), a mahogany handrail a la Stickey - with ebony square plugs, utilitzation of scarf joints, etc., an oak-paneled skylight, redwood doors using a modified cloud-lift design, and narrow double closet doors of redwood. Quite a lot of the redwood is virgin, which we found at building salvage companies, and planed to reveal fantastic straight grain and beautiful color. The crowning elements of the home, however, are lighting fixtures made of mahogany with ebony highlights, which David made - inspired by designs in the Gamble House and other "ultimate bungalows". Some of the lighting fixtures use decorative mahogany ceiling plates and glass fixtures; two wall sconces use hand-blown bungalow art glass shades from Lundberg Studios in Davenport, CA; and several fixtures are basically beautiful suspended boxes with various types of sheet glass - including a sheet of one-of-a-kind iridized glass from Bullseye Glass in Oregon.  The fixtures over the dining table and also in the stair landing area are suspended by wide leather straps. David and my son actually wrote for and received written premission to visit the Gamble House after hours so that David could take measurements of some of the fixtures in the house. 

Our house is quite unique for our area. We live north of Half Moon Bay, in an unincorporated area of the San Mateo County coast, south of Pacifica, and about 25 minutes away from downtown San Francisco. On the greater Coastside, there are probably a handful or two original Craftsman homes, primarily in the town of Half Moon Bay and one other tiny community. There are some new Craftsman homes, of course, but interior work is often quite contemporary. Our real estate agent, who has worked the coastside for 27+ years, says that she has not ever seen a house like this.

Obviously, if you're anywhere nearby, you should stop by (additional photographs are also available at that link) for their next open house on Sunday, December 3 from 11 am to 3 pm. Contact Joyce Beckman at Coldwell Banker Half Moon Bay for more information.

Arts & Crafts for sale: this week's Craigslist finds

A few bits & pieces of Roycroft, Limbert, Stickley, and various unsigned items are up on Craigslist(s) all over the country right now. As always, it's best to seek the advice of a professional when buying from an unknown seller; they might not be trying to rip you off, but they might not know exactly what they've got, either.

  • Ansonia A&C grandfather clock ($450) and 3-tier Roycroft bookshelf ($75o): Los Angeles CA
  • ex-church armchairs, c. 1915 ($440): Albany NY
  • several items, including Stickley and Limbert rockers: Washington DC
  • Limbert #1443 1/4 oak sideboard ($7000): SF Bay Area CA
  • Limbert rocker in good condition ($685): Portland OR
  • unsigned A&C writing desk ($350): San Francisco CA
  • unsigned library table ($100): Orange County CA
  • six-foot coffin table, sturdy looking & nice finish ($1000): Phoenix AZ
  • interesting hex-design sidetable ($80): Sacramento CA
  • pretty oak buffet with medium stain ($525): Seattle WA
  • circular Mission table with shelf ($200): Richmond VA
  • dark wood folding desk / secretary ($100): Los Angeles CA
  • unsigned & very sturdy A&C rocker, spring seat ($400): Phoenix AZ
  • unsigned A&C rocker, needs new seat ($125): Philadelphia PA
  • c. 1935 Roseville Velmoss vase ($400): Phoenix AZ
  • 2 Roseville plant / flowerpots ($100): Philadelphia PA
  • multiple pieces of Roseville in pastel colors: Seattle WA
  • Roseville 983-7 vase: Cleveland OH

beautiful A&C rug for sale in New York


from Tony Fross, the owner & seller, via Jeannie at House in Progress:

This stunning Tibetan handmade Arts & Crafts style carpet has a smoky purple/blue background with accents in cranberry, navy, forest green and teal with a gingko leaf border pattern. Dimensions are 15' x 4'9".

This piece is in excellent condition, having been gently used in a smoke- and pet-free environment. It does have some tiny spots that should come out with proper cleaning. Perfect for long NYC apartment spaces.

An elegant addition to your Mission/Craftsman influenced home. Original price: $4.000; price: $500 or best offer. PICKUP ONLY. West 75th & Broadway, New York City.

I'd buy this myself if I were located within a few hours of Tony. If you buy it, take a picture of it in your home and send it to us!

Henry Greene's Gould House for Sale - reduced!

122786820_cd01a87007On October 15, the Los Angeles Times selected this property - which we wrote about several months ago (see below) - as their "home of the week," - see their nice article.

Bob Gould is selling the Henry Greene-built home that has been in his family since it was built for his grandparents in 1924. The property (note: the blueprints do not show the 1982 additions - an enlarged west upstairs bedroom with master bath and dressing room, an upstairs sitting room, and a bedroom/dressing room nook added to the east bedroom) - on the National Register of Historic Places since late 2006 - includes a conservation easement on the land, facade and interior. The land itself may not be subdivided. Bob is asking $2.95 million, and the official listing will begin on 4.15.06; an early offer prior to the listing, however, would lower the price to $2.85 million. The price has now been reduced to $2,450,000.

Below is Bob's description of the house; he's also included a number of photographs, which are all in their own Flickr album. The house is also featured in Randell Makinson's Greene & Greene: The Passion and The Legacy.

Built in 1924 by Henry Greene for Mabel and Thomas Gould, Jr., the house has been in the family for over 80 years. After my grandfather's death, my father and stepmother moved into the house in 1984 subsequent to some remodeling and additions on the second floor that were envisioned but not built in 1924. Randall Makinson was the architect for the remodeling.

Most of the house is original. The exceptions are the renovated kitchen, minor changes to the hall and one bedroom on the first floor and the dining room china cabinet, and addition of two bedrooms and a sitting room on the second floor.

The house was put on the National Register of Historic Places in December of 2006, and there is a conservation easement on the land, facade, and interior of the house to protect it for future generations. The land (about 1.7 acres) cannot be subdivided, but the easement allows for  normal uses and improvements (but not for additional homes). This is the only Henry Greene house on the National Register.

There is a 4 car garage with half bath built in 1984 which was designed to allow a second story guest house or maid's quarters. The main house is approximately 4,000 square feet in size, with 5 bedrooms and 4 baths, large living and dining room, two fireplaces with Batchelder tile, and a comfortable sunroom with a great window seat in the bay window.

The house is located in Ventura, California, which is fast becoming the destination for people escaping from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. Ventura has a great climate now for preservation and architecture.

The house will be listed on 4/15/06 for $2.95 million, but a quick offer prior to the listing would lower the price to $2.85 million.

You may email Bob Gould should you be interested in this very attractive property.

and now, a short departure from our usual programming: Real Estate Bubble

The number one topic of conversation in emails to Hewn & Hammered is house prices - how divorced they've become from reality in the bubble markets, and how a corrupt real estate industry and regulatory agencies completely disconnected from actual consumer experience have fueled folks' unreasonable expectations of continued growth just to quick-sell mediocre property.

Here's a rundown of some great real estate weblogs devoted to bubble-related issues - there's lots of great data being aggregated by the folks who take time to track things like asking prices, sales prices and loan amounts, median income vs. home prices, bankruptcy clusters (in the few cases where personal bankruptcies are still even possible to declare) and more - much, much more.

I hope that the do-it-yourself cable networks stop lionizing flippers soon and start realizing what most of them are: greedy folks who will stop at nothing - not the destruction of homes and neighborhoods and the pricing-out of working people - to make a buck. They don't care if they are hurting the market in the long run, they just want their piece of the pie right now, and damn everyone else. I live in a neighborhood that has been hurt by flipping, and it's really sad - not only has the neighborhood been hurt overall, but you should see what most of these folks do to the guts of beautiful old Mission Revival bungalows!

for sale: Glenview (Oakland, CA) Bungalow, $975,000

Reader Rose Nied is selling her beautiful Oakland bungalow, replete with lots of neat woodwork and builtins. A number of images of this attractive home are available.

Relax and enjoy living in this divinely restored 1912 Mission style home. This unique property offers over 2100 sq. ft. of easy living allowing you to appreciate many of the architectural features of days gone by but enjoy today's modern comforts. The main floor has a large, sun dappled living room with a gas fireplace, redwood wainscoting & leaded glass built-ins. The formal dining room boast stenciled walls, matching leaded glass built-ins and gumwood wainscoting.

Any chef would enjoy the gourmet kitchen with its combination of custom-built period cabinets and modern amenities. Brightly-colored yellow maze tile adorns the 24-inch countertops and backsplash. The dishwasher is hidden behind period cabinet doors. Other great features of the kitchen are the nickel-plated Heartland refrigerator and a 1933 Magic Chef six burner Town & Country stove/oven. The washer and dryer are easily accessible yet concealed. A kitchen nook off the dining room allows you to sip your coffee and enjoy an inviting heavenly exotic paradise in the backyard.

The serene and secluded backyard has a roomy deck & hot tub just right for entertaining. New privacy fence and shed complete the area. The second floor has a large master bedroom/bathroom suite with views of the Mormon Temple. Four bedrooms, 2.5 baths with ample closets make living easy. Douglas fir floors on second level glisten with warmth.

The following is a list of recently completed work: Electrcical & plumbing updated; new roof; new decorative paint; new Htg/AC for second floor; tankless water heater; and period light fixtures throughout. New deck, fence and shed. New kitchen. New bathrooms off master bedroom and on main level. Gas logs & new tuckpointing in fireplace.

Situated in one of Oakland's most coveted areas, Glenview, with bustling shops, restaurants & cafes. Near Montclair and close to both Highway 13 and 580 and carpooling. This home is truly an amazing example of Mission style homes and one that should not be missed! They just don't make them like this anymore ... You may request more photos via email. Appointments for truly serious buyers only. This is a pocket listing and owner is an agent. Contact Rose at 510.530.7011 for viewing or more information. Thank you for looking! Offered at $975,000.

Morton-Cooley House for sale in Athens, Georgia

partially fixed, yucky original image


This totally restored / renovated circa 1910 Tudor / A & C home is for sale for $1.25 million - about 1/2 the price of a similar home where I live. Even though Athens is a terrific town with lots of interesting neighborhoods, the real estate market, luckily for buyers, has not yet reached the ridiculous heights of overpricing mania that have been the norm in California for years.

The sprawling home is three stories tall with over 6,000 feet of useable space, includes 12-foot ceilings, original heart pine woodwork and floors, has 17 rooms total (including 3.5 baths), a modernized kitchen and butler's pantry, 8 beautifully tiled fireplaces and one primitive brick fireplace, a wrap-around porch, and lots of other restored original features, including doorbells, screens, house numbers and more. As if that were not enough, the current owners will include a number of important pieces of period furniture, among them several Stickley and Roycroft originals.

Light fixtures throughout are a mix of restored originals, modern reproductions and other period pieces. The enormous basement includes former servants' quarters and bath. Even the garden is circa 1910!

photograph by Wingate Downs

September Craigslist Bonanza!

There is lots and lots of good stuff on Craigslist this week! They've recently opened up the network to even more American & international cities, and the result is lots more neat stuff!


  • 67-inch tall burlwood tansu in Orange County: $2500
  • 2-piece black lacquer tansu in Los Angeles: $375
  • reproduction step tansu in Seattle: $1000
  • enormous futon tansu in Washington DC: $1600


  • repro entertainment cabinet in Seattle: $300
  • sideboard with glass doors and mirror in Madison: $1350
  • sturdy-looking round oak dining table in Sacramento: $95
  • set of four solid brass Craftsman / Victorian floor vents/registers in Denver: $120
  • upholstered rocking chair in Washington DC: $175
  • various repro Craftsman style pieces in cherry in New Orleans: $850 for all
  • comfy adjustable Morris chair & ottoman in Raleigh: $300
  • antique library desk with damaged top in Portland OR: $95
  • contemporary  Mission-esque dining set, table and six chairs, in Portland OR: $800
  • solid maple computer desk with slat/spindle design on side and back in Portland OR: $200
  • beautiful custom cherry corner bench, perfect for your kitchen, in Portland OR: $500
  • brand-new Simpson 8-foot exterior door with two sidelights in Seattle: $750
  • another entertainment center, this one in Fresno: $650
  • Will-o-Ware woven willow basket, perfect for magazines or kindling, in LA: $50
  • queen size mission spindle bed - head and footboards - slightly chewed by a puppy in LA: $85
  • good looking A&C rocker with red velvet cushion in Los Angeles: $275
  • simple cruciform-base A&C coatrack in Denver: $75
  • wide Mission slat-back bench in Denver: $650
  • various Arts & Crafts style mirrors in various hardwood frames in Denver: $49
  • Morris chair without cushions, interesting arm design, in Washington DC: $100
  • library table with drawers, in Chicago: $450
  • worn but interesting leather and oak chaise, more deco than A&C, in Chicago: $75
  • nice grain in this simple Shaker sideboard, in NYC: $325
  • good looking side chair with leather seat but a bit pricey for just one, in Brooklyn: $300
  • attractive green stained-glass , supposedly from a Frank Lloyd Wright design, NYC: $80
  • unique A&C record storage endtables, c 1910, in Seattle: $400
  • Randy Weersing cherry coffee table with interesting glass/drawer top, in Seattle: $895
  • pedestal or plant stand, in Seattle: $150
  • armchair with interesting back in Sacramento: $99
  • pretty leather-upholstered daybed in Chicago: $500


  • bow arm Morris chair, in Denver: $1600
  • cherry entertainment center in Denver: $1500
  • cherry armoire/entertainment center with free HDTV, in Denver: $3350 (!)
  • desk & chair set in oak, in Chicago: $5000
  • Stickley Bros. mission keyhole trestle table, in Chicago: $1700
  • contemporary/mission bedroom set in cherry and curly maple, in New Jersey: $7000
  • oak spindle settle with green cushions, in Syracuse: $3500
  • spindle crib, in NYC: $1200
  • slat settle #208 with new upholstery / pillows, in Vista NY: $2900
  • Shaker-look entertainment unit in New Jersey: $1000
  • various pieces - sidetable, entertainment center, coffee table, in Seattle: $150 - $3000


  • simple & sturdy rocker, in Portland OR: $685
  • drop-leaf dining table in lovely condition, in Seattle: $950

architectural salvage:

  • Silverlake Architectural Salvage in Los Angeles posts many of their finds to Craigslist, including, this month, plenty of Spanish art tile, furniture, windows, pews, cabinetry, light fixtures, gates, vintage Craftsman entry doors and plenty more.
  • slipper-form clawfoot tub in Denver: $250
  • 5 stained solid pine 6-panel doors with interesting hardware in Detroit: $15 each
  • vintage windows, "plenty to choose from," in Las Vegas: $25 each
  • Victorian tiger-oak, mirror-back fireplace mantel, in Detroit: $750
  • 2000 board-feet of 5/4 oak in the rough, 6 to 10 inches wide, 8 to 12 feet long - perfect for wood flooring or cabinetry, in New Hampshire: $1.75 per board foot
  • reclaimed heart pine and other woods for flooring, beams, etc. in a variety of grades; in Louisiana, but ships everywhere: $4/sq ft and up
  • set of oak and glass doors in Detroit: $300
  • 1000 sq ft of reclaimed tiger oak flooring, tongue-in-groove and denailed, in Seattle: $3.25/sq ft
  • 5000 very weathered and beautiful red clay bricks in Denver, plus 200 pieces of flagstone:  $2500

Google Video a Valuable Tool for Buyers & Sellers

Here's a neat trick: instead of simply adding photos to real estate listings to increase interest, how about adding video - with narration and a guided tour?

This particular broker did just that for a recently-remodeled 1905 Craftsman in Spokane's South Hill neighborhood. The house was originally listed in May 2006 and sold recently, and while I'm not certain if the video led to the sale, it certainly is a neat idea and I expect to see plenty more both on Google Video and YouTube.

Do you find these videos interesting? Let me know if you'd like to see more of them.

Craigslist Finds: August 2006

for sale: Milwaukee duplex, $258,700


This bright 1929 Craftsman duplex is a great value in any market. How I wish Sacramento prices were this good! However, you can certainly still get a good deal in Milwaukee: features include hardwood throughout, leaded glass windows, built-in cabinetry, and some nice original light fixtures. Big closets, updated kitchen in the upper unit, and a neat 8-foot-wide picture window in the finished attic. Jerry Yanasak has the full specs up on his .mac account, along with plenty of photos of the interior (check out the attic and the free-standing chimney - a great use of space).

for sale: Bainbridge Island Eco-Craftsman; $720,000


Jane Martin is selling her beautiful Bainbridge Island "Eco-House":

Green Modern Craftsman sounds almost like a contradiction in terms, but that is how the 2400 square foot Eco-House on Bainbridge Island, Wa., is best described.

The house was designed and built by Bainbridge architect David Balas, whose modernist training at the Illinois Institute of Technology is evident in clean, minimalist lines of  the Craftsman bungalow.

As Balas explains, “I used a small footprint and compact plan, to make efficient use of the structure (ie: maximum spans on framing lumber), as well as stacked wall construction. That  transfers loads directly and makes utility and mechanical runs more efficient.

“The design could said to be a combination classical European architectural proportioning (co-axial relationships, golden-mean proportions) and Eastern influences (feng-shui) to produce a calm environment.”

The Eco-house is built upon a reclaimed site that was a farm 100 years ago, and ended up being used as a wrecking yard. Balas had two flat-bed truck loads of scrap steel hauled to be recycled. Three truck-loads of blackberry brush were ground for use in mulch-making. Cluster-house zoning and wetland open-space requirements by the city planners left much of the one acre site natural.

We've got lots of photographs of the house up on Flickr.

for sale: Old Los Altos Bungalow, $1,725,000

Small_front This 2200 square foot, 3 bedroom & 2.5 bath 1909 Craftsman sits on a 6600 square foot lot in one of Los Altos' nicest residential neighborhoods. The beautifully landscaped yards include a deck, plenty of lawn, and a redwood hot tub under a Craftsman style wisteria-covered gazebo. Gleaming hardwood floors on the ground level & a well-maintained stairway, plus a beautiful built-in dining room fixture, make the wooden surfaces really shine. Wood trim throughout, new kitchen and  bath, plate rail and lots of neat and very Craftsman features all around. Garage is detached. You can download the flyer for more pictures; a few more are in this Flickr set.

Email agent Jeanne MacVicar with questions, or call her at 650.917.7979

Two Bungalows, One Lot

Siq0llgfkri4xhlqdablsg9vuxwbWhat kind of market is it when I think that two modest working class bungalows anywhere are worth three-quarters of a million dollars? I'm sure Gus would have a fit if he knew that it'd take a DINK lifestyle where both partners are brain surgeons to afford one of his houses today. But who am I to complain - I've been waxing poetic about 3/4 million dollar bungalows right here for months. Is there any such thing as inherent value, or is a good deal or the right price solely defined by market demand alone? from Craigslist:

Los Angeles - Rose Park: A Must see! Charming California bungalows, in the Rose Park historical area. 2 on 1 lot plus a studio unit. Manicured landscaping, quite neighborhood. Front unit spacious 3Bd/1 bath, beautiful hardwood floors throughout, upgraded kitchen and bath and back patio. The back house 1Bd/1 bath, hardwood floors, back yard, laundry hookups in both units. Garage, extended driveway. Good for owner occupy and/or rentals. Call agent for the info on studio. Please do not disturb tenants.

for sale: Sacramento Bungalow $399,999

Img_4314 This cozy and very well-maintained bungalow is a few blocks from my own house, and right around the corner from one of the nicest parks in the city. Sacramento is organized around its parks - each is a sort of focal point for the old residential neighborhoods - and McKinley Park, my favorite, contains many acres of playground, tennis courts, an always-busy duck and goose pond, soccer and baseball fields, a garden center, the local library (which has a great collection of books on Craftsman and related A&C architecture) and swimming pool, and a gorgeous rose garden. Living across the street from it in one of the two or three nicest residential neighborhoods in the city is certainly worth the asking price of this house - although, to be fair, you get an awfully cute and almost completely restored house for the price, too.

The current owner put in a great built-in that I didn't even imagine was contemporary until the realtor, Jennifer Hayes (916.552.7281) told me. The kitchen makes excellent use of a tight space with nice butcher block countertops, a glass mosaic tile backsplash, and wonderful period-style stained glass fixtures, which appear elsewhere in the house as well. We have several more photographs on Flickr.

for sale: Milwaukee Craftsman $369,000

Exterior2 Danny Parmelee sends us a listing for this well-maintained and very airy 3,000 square foot 4 bed, 1.5 bath 100-year-old 3-story Milwaukee Craftsman. Lots of nice features in this 1905 home, like 2 fireplaces, solid oak doors, multipane windows and original hardware. New kitchen has maple cabinetry and high-end appliances, and the backyard is big and fenced. Milwaukee seems to be full of these pretty foursquares. Unlike many other areas, most seem to have been taken care of quite well, with little of the painted-over wood and carpeted hardwood floors and things like that you see in some communities.

More photos on Flickr; The agent can be reached at 414.810.8210.

for sale: Oakland Bungalow $695,000

Jean_front This attractive Oakland brown-shingle is more  than just a pretty facade with original period detailing. In 2003, a series of improvements and enhancements began. Outside, the shingle siding was replaced and the exterior repainted. The yard had a face lift, with a new redwood deck for outdoor dining, a redwood fence in the backyard, and fresh landscaping in both the front and rear yards (including soil amendment, irrigation, tree removal, drainage, automatic watering and sprinklers) A charming flagstone rear patio and front steps were also added.  Inside, the hardwood floors were refinished, the fireplace was repaired and the chimney repaired and reinforced. A brand new tile floor was installed in the upstairs bathroom, and in the dining room the wainscotting was refinished. Last but not least, the old knob & tube fuse box was replaced.

As you can see, the changes are not just cosmetic; especially in the basement. It was seismically retrofitted, the foundation repaired, and the retaining wall replaced. Insulation was blown into all exterior walls and into the (10 foot!) ceiling. The old water heater was replaced with a tankless, the furnace was replaced and heating ducts were  redirected.

  • located 545 Jean Street, Oakland CA [map]
  • 3 bedrooms, incl. large master with 2 closets; 1.5 baths
  • large kitchen with new appliances
  • near Piedmont, Grand and Lakeshore avenues and related shops & restaurants
  • big basement & room for expansion
  • huge lot, lovely backyard, lower terrance & firepit; driveway with room for 2 cars
  • contact Eric Wong at Windermere Real Estate with questions

for sale: San Diego Bungalow $799,000


This 2-story 1925 bungalow (1954 square feet of living space), has been lovingly restored to bring out its original features and charm. The home includes dual master suites with private bath and additional bedroom and bath upstairs. One bedroom/den/entertainment room and full bath downstairs. All bathrooms have been fully renovated. Many restored features including leaded glass windows, wood built-ins, large dining room at the center of the home with high wainscoting, fireplace and many period light fixtures.

Tasteful upgrades troughout the home including forced air dual-zoned heating and air conditioning, remodeled kitchen with ceramic tile floor and maple cabinetry, remodeled bathrooms with Moen fixtures, 6 foot jacuzzi tub w/dual showerheads, water heater with recirculating pump, new built-in entertainment center in master bedroom and extensive storage, professionally landscaped yard with fountain and large outdoor decks at front and back of home.

Contact Assaf Avissar at 619.325.4128 with questions or to arrange to see the property.

for sale: Pasadena Bungalow $775,000

Imgp0005Built in 1925, this home is over 1500 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a large family room, living room, dining room, and updated kitchen. Beautifully restored hardwood floors and crown molding throughout the house, along with hand milled window moldings. Amazing handmade tiles adorn both bathrooms, and the living room contains with an original brick fireplace. French doors in the sunroom lead out to a formal A & C-inspired garden. The two-car garage has been drywalled for insulation.

This home is located in the North Pasadena Heights Landmark District. It was featured in the LA Times as Home of the Week and received three historical preservation awards. Check out the listing, or take a virtual tour. The agent, Dustin Anderson at Keller Williams Realty, can be reached at 626.755.8778.

Duncan-Irwin House For Sale

Duncanirwin The Lippincott Group, a Prundential-affiliated realtor in Pasadena, has Greene & Greene's Duncan-Irwin House listed for sale. The Los Angeles Times has a nice article on the 7-bedroom, five-bath 6,400 square foot house and mentions that the asking price is $4.5 million; win the lottery and you, too, can own a piece of history. From the listing:

The Duncan Irwin House is named for its first two owners, and the original house was built in the 1800s and moved to the present site around 1901. Greene and Greene designed extensive additions and alterations to the original house in 1903 for Katherine Duncan and in 1906 for Theodore Irwin. The completed vision of Greene and Greene has created an organic house that seems to have grown up from the banks of the Arroyo Seco. Rustic vine-covered retaining walls and terraces of stone and clinker brick merge with the site and massive trees seem intertwined with the broad pergolas which extend from the house.

Located overlooking Brookside Park, the home is set in the neighborhood known as "Little Switzerland" with many other Greene and Greene designed neighboring homes. The house features a free-flowing floor plan with an inner courtyard which features a goldfish pond. Gorgeous wood, tile, brick, stained glass and original fixtures adorn the interiors.

What Do You Get for a Million Bucks?

305376_1 A selection of million dollar (plus) homes all around the country, as recently listed on Craigslist. I've tried to pull a sampling of the more A&C-ish properties, and have only included those that had photographs. It's amazing how much more you get for your money in some parts of the country, although when you get way up at the top end, it seems like quality has very little to do with the price - it's all about veneer, aesthetic, style and nothing else.

San Francisco:

elsewhere in the Bay Area:

throughout the country:

Greene for Sale

Greenespinksblueprint The Los Angeles Times reports on Henry Greene's Spinks House hitting the market - the asking price is $5.35 million:

Charles Greene, the chief designer of the Greene & Greene firm, needed a break. So in 1909 he took his family back to London, where he and his wife had honeymooned, according to "Greene & Greene Masterworks," by Bruce Smith and Alexander Vertikoff. During his respite, his brother, Henry, stepped in to fill the void.

While Charles visited England, Henry completed the Spinks Craftsman house for retired Judge William Ward Spinks and his wife, Margaret B.S. Clapham Spinks. They had recently moved from Victoria, Canada, because the judge had accepted the presidency of the Pasadena Hotel Co.

The Spinks House cost a princely $11,000 at a time when few homes cost more than $2,000 to build.

As in their other homes, Henry Greene continued to use a variety of woods, such as Port Orford cedar and redwood, to make the Spinks home compatible with nature. Henry — known for his linear designs — gave the home a rectangular shape.

The Spinks House sits atop a slope on a nearly 1.5-acre property in the Oak Knoll neighborhood. Its meadow-like setting provides privacy. Isabelle Greene, granddaughter of Henry Greene, restored and redesigned some of the gardens in 1989. It has extensive terraces and porches, as well as a balcony.

Ted Wells of Living : Simple believes that the price of the Spinks home is more than a little off, even for a Greene & Greene property in this neighborhood, perhaps due to the owner's pricing the parcel for future subdivision:

Not mentioned in the article is that the exceptionally high price for the Spinks house, relative to comparable sales in the neighborhood, is because the the sellers (seem to have) priced the house based on the subdivision of the lot and the development of the lower portion to add a speculative house accessed from the street below. One joy of this house is the property - and by subdividing it and losing the lower part of the slope (as was disastrously done at the Culbertson house down the street from the Spinks house, across from the Blacker house) a major component of the Greenes' siting of the Spinks house, the setting of the house far back on the lot and the perceived isolation and privacy of the house, will be lost.

The shame is that we bemoan the loss - on the same street! - of the property around the Blacker House and downslope from the Culbertson House, shaking our heads in disbelief that "people back then" would allow such subdividing to occur, and reminding ourselves that we are so much more enlightened today and that nothing like that would happen now; yet it happens, and will continue to happen, and no one bats an eye.

Free Bungalow in Venice, CA

Venicehousetomove Jim Bursch at West LA Online points us to the bargain of the month: should you have a lot crying out for a pretty, well-maintained 900 sq ft 1906 bungalow, look no further!  "If you can move it, you can have it," and that's pretty much truth in advertising. The owner is putting something new on the lot - and by the way, this wouldn't work where I live in Sacramento; there is no way the zoning board would allow anyone to raze a perfectly fine house in the historic district just to put in new development - and will either raze it, or let anyone who wants to truck it away do so.

Craftsman Homes For Sale

a roundup of selected Craftsman properties around the country currently on the market:

  • Chris Golde is selling her 2000+ square foot 1923 Prairie / Craftsman home in Madison, replete with lots of interesting and well-maintained woodwork and hardware, for $319,700.
  • Here's a bright and attractive Rockridge bungalow for sale in Oakland California for $689,000 - a lot but not out of the ordinary for that eternally bubble-icious market. Barbara Hendrickson at Red Oak Realty is the seller's agent; unlike a lot of the real estate agencies I rant about here, Red Oak does most of their work in a market full of older homes, and their agents are quite savvy to Craftsman style and the histories of the homes they sell.
  • A spectacular new / custom wood-shingle uber-bungalow on the north shore of Washington's Orcas Island for $739,000.
  • A recently-restored Atlanta bungalow in the Kirkwood neighborhood for $260,000.
  • A well-kept bungalow in Brookhaven, Mississippi will run you only a bit under $88,000 - even this pretty little house with a new kitchen and a big wrap-around deck. If I could telecommute - and if all the Thai, sushi and pho restaurants I frequent would deliver that far - I'd consider moving to the midwest just to save a few hundred thousand dollars.