The moment we have all been dreading is here (and no, Roger Sterling, we can’t solve this problem with a flask!): The final season of Mad Men debuts this Sunday, April 5.  The ceremonious countdown to the last seven episodes has inspired an unusual amount of mid-century modern mania this year (Mad Men Dining Week, anyone?). Naturally, we could not let the show end without a proper design dissection of one of our coolest 1960s-inspired listings.

Enter this updated mid-century modern sparkler in Lafayette.


If you’re getting visions of a tanned Don Draper in the bright sunshine of Palm Springs, you’re not alone. One look at the 1,579 square-foot home’s breezy backyard oasis, and we’re already picturing ourselves (in sunglasses) saying, “I’ll have a vodka gimlet, please!” The indoor/outdoor daydream starts with two sets of sliding glass doors opening to the deck, expansive patio and shimmering pool. You also have the stunning backdrop of the surrounding hills and lush Nor Cal greenery.  And don’t even get us started on the outdoor parties you’ll be having during the summer, thanks to the clever outdoor kitchen/bar with built-in Lynx gas grill. It’s just the sort of place where your guests tend to blurt out things like, “I’ll have what she’s having!”


The interiors, of course, are no less Draper-worthy. The open concept kitchen gives a nod to mid-century sleek with dark wood minimalist cabinetry, retro handmade Heath Ceramics geometric backsplash and that sought-after seamless flow to a sunny dining area and family room with wood-burning fireplace. Lots of entertaining will take place here.



Gleaming hardwood floors and fresh paint keep the interiors simple and cool. Skylights, solar tubes and walls of glass stream in light by day and the stars by night. The modernized twist on the mid-century style is a nuanced approach to design, and a reminder: when looking toward the future, the past is never far behind. It’s a fact that would not be lost on Don Draper himself…or the future buyer of this three-bedroom, two-bath home.



3187 LUCAS

3187 Lucas Circle is offered at $1,079,000 by Tom Stack of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Orinda.