Those were the first words out of my mouth when I opened the photos of 10849 Clearbrook: Get. Out. An ardent fan of midcentury modern architecture, I feel a very strong mix of awe and envy when encountering a specimen like this one. You have your sports, I have my midcentury houses. Properties like this make me giddy – and it doesn’t hurt that this stop on the upcoming White Rock Home Tour is furnished to delight the eye.
Realtor Brandon Stewart has had the pleasure of selling the home twice – once in 2012, before the house underwent massive renovations and again in 2014, to the current owner and friend, Jeri Paduch. He shared with us the pre-renovation photos, which give us even more appreciation for its current state.
“This is one of my favorite midcentury moderns in the whole city,” said Stewart. As a midcentury modern home owner himself, he’s a member of the ‘takes one to know one’ club.
Yet, as much as he’s a fan of the architecture, that’s not even the best feature of the Lewis Thomas-designed home. “The coolest thing about this house is the setting,” he said. “The whole front wall is glass and it looks out over a greenbelt. The house is set up on a bit of a hill, overlooking nature – not other houses. It has tremendous curb appeal.”
Paduch shares those sentiments. “That greenbelt view is priceless. It’s so peaceful,” she said. “I don’t feel like I’m in the city sometimes.”
Stewart shared another gem with us: “The architect refused to cut down any trees and so there’s a courtyard off the kitchen, built just for a tree.” And so there is.
A Renovation with Integrity
The Clearbrook home boasts a sleek, ultra-modern Bulthaup kitchen complete with Miele appliances and styled with Paduch’s unique flair. The before-and-after shots of the kitchen give you an idea of the scope of the renovation, which Paduch praises for its thoughtfulness. “I love that they kept the integrity of the architecture. They left the character while modernizing it – that’s not something I see in a lot of midcentury re-dos.”
Naturally, I want to preserve some mystery for the home tour, but I can’t not show you two of Clearbrook’s most stunning features. First, the ceiling. During the 2014 renovation, the previous homeowners preserved the original (and may we say, heavenly) wood ceiling, only adding a light stain. The warm wood planks serve as the perfect contrast to the home’s sleek, black granite flooring.
You’ll find our second favorite feature in master bedroom. The stunning upholstered wall makes my heart go pitter-patter!
The White Rock Home Tour runs from noon to 5 p.m April 22 and 23. Keep checking CandysDirt.com to win tickets!