Sunday, March 24, 2019 • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
3913 Happy Valley Rd
Lafayette, CA 94549
WILLIAM WURSTER MID CENTURY MODERN
OFFERING ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES IN HAPPY VALLEY
3.5 Acres* Spectacular Level Grounds, Fabulous Estate Setting
Highly Desirable Happy Valley Location, Private Lane for Residents
Dramatic Walls of Glass Surrounding Hill & Filtered Mt Diablo Views
Great Close- in Location near Downtown Lafayette, BART & Happy Valley School
Summary of the Property:
The Incredible Grounds: Over 3.5 Acres in a peaceful and tranquil setting tucked away on a private lane off of Happy Valley Road. There are endless possibilities and unlimited opportunity!
The approach to the home winds past the orchard and showcases the privacy of the estate setting. Located on a private lane, there is no thru traffic, and residents may walk to Happy Valley School. There is ample parking and a covered carport.
An expansive level lawn, patios, play and garden areas, swimming pool with changing/bathroom structure. There is potential space for a vineyard, a favorite pastime for many Lamorinda homeowners (Lamorindawinegrowers).
Stunning Living Room: A towering high cathedral ceiling with two walls of floor to ceiling glass walls opening out to the backyard, and walls of glass to the front. High brick fireplace with mantle and hearth, flanked by built-in cabinetry and shelving.
Adjoining Dining Room: Defined by a lower ceiling and open to the living room on one side and an entrance and pass through to the kitchen on the other.
Efficient Kitchen: Center isle kitchen with 6-burner cook-top. Stainless steel counters, two sinks, dishwasher, double ovens, and a refrigerator.
Laundry Area: Washer/dryer, cabinetry with sink and an outside entrance.
Bonus area with closets and built-ins.
Ideally located Au-pair set-up off kitchen/laundry.
Master Suite: A private entrance door to the side yard. Dressing area and full bath with shower and tub.
Bedroom Wing with 3 Additional Bedrooms, 2 full Baths.
Extensive built-in cabinetry and shelving, skylights, and 2-car carport with storage/workshop.
Great Happy Valley Location: Convenient to vibrant Downtown Lafayette for shopping and restaurants, top rated Lafayette schools, The Lafayette Reservoir, Oakwood Athletic Club, and easy freeway access in two directions for commuting.
Top Rated Schools: Happy Valley Elementary, Stanley Intermediate, Acalanes High School (please check with districts for school availability)
WILLIAM WURSTER AND 3913 HAPPY VALLEY ROAD
This stunning Mid Century modern home was designed in 1953 by Architect William Wurster (1895-1973), a native Californian. Widely recognized as the foremost proponent of a distinctive Bay Area architectural style, he became nationally known for his award- winning modernist designs early in his career.
Having earned his degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, he would eventually become Dean of Architecture until his retirement (1950-1963). In 1959, He formed the College of Environmental Design, joining the departments of architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning.
His wife, Catherine, was an accomplished lecturer and eventually a Professor in the University0s Department of City and Regional Planning. In 1945, the architectural firm Wurster, Bernardi, and Emmons was created. They received many architectural awards for their designs including the American Institute of Architects0 Architectural Firm Award in 1965. Wurster individually received the AIA Gold Medal Award for lifetime achievement in 1969. During his career, he and his wife also collaborated with well-known landscape architect, Thomas Church.
Wurster0s works have been published in various books and periodicals and featured in a special exhibit at SFMOMA. 3913 Happy Valley Road, known as the Rosston home (original owners) is included in the Environmental Design Archives at the University of California, Berkeley.
Mid Century Modern homes were mostly single-story wood structures with spacious living/dining rooms with interesting fireplaces, efficient kitchens, and bedrooms lined in a wing.
Thoughtful attention to siting the home, selection of simple materials, flexible floor plans and harmonizing human needs with the environment were instrumental. Glass walls, front and back, glass doors, high clerestory windows to join indoors and outdoors were all hallmarks of the Modernism Movement, This Wurster designed home naturally includes these mid-century period features.