Place of Worship | Scenic Dr. Mid-Mod

7/12/2012 | Amy Tibbals
Marcus MacDonald

Neighborhood: Foothill

Architect: F.W. Nichols Jr. | Built 1962, renovated 2010-12

Our Opinion: We lurve the original fireplace that connects the upstairs living area to the den below. We like that - in true mid-mod fashion - it creates a need to venture further into the home and see what's next. The same applied as we approached the front door and peered through the beautiful glass at the back of the home, looking out to the deck and trees. We were essentially pulled through our tour by the space itself. It also passed the true test of a well-designed home...all we really wanted to do was sit, relax, and take it in. The owner might finally be able to do the same after two years of renovations.

Owner's Opinion: "F.W. Nichols Jr. built the house for him and his family in '62, and he was the only owner until I purchased the home. One of the things I liked about the house is that it was in pristine '62 condition. They hadn't really gone through any unfortunate remodels in the 80's or 90's.  It was very true to the original plan, so I didn't need to fix bad upgrades before the remodel. For me there just isn't really a house like it...it's one-of-a-kind. When you're in the house it's like being in a tree house - you feel like the house is resting on top of the trees. Even in the lower level, there are so many great views of trees. My kitchen/living room is a great place to start the day [with the view]. Because you can see through the middle of my house, I have to be careful not to run around in my underwear. Lesson learned - sorry neighbors." - G.S.

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