779 Balra Dr, El Cerrito, CA 94530

4 beds, 2 baths, 2,014 sqft
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Zestimate®: $847,950
Rent Zestimate®: $3,459/mo
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This unique home is featured in "NorCalMod", a book on Mid-Century Modern architecture!
This steel frame home has walls of glass and is built on top of two steel I-Beams that rest ABOVE a creek ... yes, the creek runs under the home! The home was designed by Beverly David Thorne, the last living architect to have participated in Arts & Architecture's famous Case Study Houses (1945 to 1966), a project to introduce modern architecture to the public. He designed houses, most on steep hillsides and built out of steel. He is most famous for the "Brubeck House" that was featured on the Ed Sullivan show. With the exception of updated flooring, appliances and the downstairs addition, this house is in its original condition.
The steel construction design of the home gives it incredible strength and durability. This also allows the support of glass walls which provide an outstanding view of majestic trees and a garden setting from the front as well as inspiring views of the Bay, San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge and Mount Tampalias from the back. When it rains, you can also witness a breath taking creek that flows magnificently under the house.
This is a 2014 square foot, 4 bedroom, 2.0 bathroom single family home. In addition, there is 1200 square feet of decking to relax and enjoy the views!
This home is located in the Kensington School District.
 
What I love about the home
The architecture of this home is what stands out. It is considered a "floating" home design and feel like you are living mid air. Deer come frequently to enjoy the land and add to the serene and inspiring aura of this property. There is a meandering walkway to the front of the home which parallels the creek which provides a zen like peaceful feeling when entering the property. In summary, you will be hard-pressed to find a mid century modern home constructed using durable materials like steel that enable glass walls to provide expansive Bay views on one side, rich wooded views on another and a majestic creek directly below.
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Facts
  • Lot: 0.44 acres
  • Single Family
  • Built in 1962
  • Heating: Forced air
  • Last sold: May 2007 for $850,000
Features
  • Deck
  • Fireplace
  • Flooring: Carpet, Hardwood
  • Furnished
  • High Speed Internet Ready
  • Parking: Carport, 2 spaces, 346 sqft
  • Patio
  • Skylight
  • View: City, Mountain, Territorial, Water
Appliances Included
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Garbage disposal
  • Refrigerator
  • Washer
Room Types
  • Dining room
  • Family room
  • Laundry room
  • Master bath
  • Office
Construction
  • Roof type: Metal
  • Room count: 7
  • # Stories: 1.0
  • Structure type: Modern
  • Unit count: 1
Other
  • Floor size: 2,014 sqft
  • Heating: Gas
  • Last remodel year: 1962
  • Laundry: In Unit
  • Parcel #: 5033400267
  • Zillow Home ID: 18527450
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Zillow predicts 94530 home values will increase 4.7% next year, compared to a 4.6% rise for El Cerrito as a whole. Among 94530 homes, this home is valued 35.1% more than the midpoint (median) home, but is valued 8.1% less per square foot.

Foreclosures will be a factor impacting home values in the next several years. In 94530, the number of foreclosures waiting to be sold is 4% lower than in El Cerrito, and 51.5% less than the national average. This lower local number could help 94530 home values rise more quickly than other regions in El Cerrito.

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