Simplicity, openness and oneness with nature. These are the timeless qualities that define mid-century modern architecture, and the qualities that we simply can’t get enough of as purveyors of California real estate, architecture and all things cool.

That’s why, when we spotted this 2,614 square-foot mid-century nestled on a half-acre site in beautiful Orinda, we got giddy. (Really. We did.) Chances are someone else did too, given its “livable luxury” price point of $1,489,000. Oh, beautiful Orinda mid-century, you had us at “views of Mt. Diablo, walls of glass, vaulted ceilings, wood paneled walls and seamless indoor/outdoor flow”!

Let’s take a look inside. The 4-bedroom, 2.5 bathroom residence has an open floorplan that makes living and entertaining easy. The uniquely styled entry welcomes you inside with gardens and water elements. You feel a sense of calm from the first moment you cross the threshold and find yourself in the atrium, enveloped in natural light and surrounded by plant life. It moves you right into your Zen place, and it sets the tone for what is to come…

The formal living room is where you find those soaring vaulted wood beamed ceilings and walls of glass with views of trees and Mt. Diablo. Anchored by a stone fireplace with a black steel hood, the living room also connects to the outdoors. It almost feels like a modern tree house… and you don’t know if you are indoors or out… 

Adjacent to the living room, the formal dining room has more views for you to enjoy, plus charming custom built-ins with glass doors. The family room has another custom built-in cabinet with floating shelves, beautifully textured walls and access to the pool area and outdoor spaces… a great space to enjoy a book or movie.

Over the indoor rock garden and wood plank bridge, the sleek kitchen calls your name with beautiful wood cabinetry and solid surface counter tops, pantry, views of the secluded pool and an eating area to enjoy the front gardens.

Moving to the master suite, you’ll feel even more at ease. This retreat offers a quiet place to relax, two spacious closets, private bath with sunken shower that features a wall of stone, floor to ceiling window to view the bamboo garden, double sinks, floating vanity… it feels like a day at the spa….

The additional three bedrooms offer views of the various gardens, spacious closets and are serviced by the secondary bathroom, with a modern subway tile design, shower over tub, a spacious vanity with dual sinks, and pebble stone floors. The bonus room offers a variety of uses: office, art studio or bedroom. It has been designed to mirror the living room ceiling architecture: vaulted wood beamed ceilings with windows.

Finally, you head outside…. where your journey first began. The large deck off the living room enjoys the views of Mt. Diablo, spring time cherry blossoms, as well as the natural scapes of the Orinda hills. It’s an ideal place for quiet enjoyment, indoor/outdoor entertaining and that glass of wine.

And then there is the pool: totally private, totally serene. Featuring a stone rock wall, wooded setting and plenty of patio space, the pool area a great place to lounge in the summer months—or during an Indian summer.

Even though you feel as if you’re in your own private oasis, you’re still close to town, BART, the Lafayette reservoir and top rated schools. Simplicity, openness and oneness with nature…yes, that pretty sums up all that we love about this sweet Orinda mid-century. Now if only we could find $1,489,000….