- Stunningly renovated 1896 Victorian with modern Norwegian influence
- Condo features 3BR/2BA with 2-car tandem garage parking and 2 decks
- Winner of 2009 California Homes & Design Residential Interior Award
- International acclamations from many publications, including NY Times
- Reclaimed materials and restored elements preserve environment & history
- Custom kitchen with top-end stainless appliances and adjacent breakfast room
Rarely does one encounter real estate that has been as artfully laid out as 778 Clayton Street. The 1896 Victorian underwent an extensive renovation by Mork-Ulnes Design in 2006. Marrying its hippie boardinghouse past with modern, Norwegian-influenced design, the home tastefully blends its eclectic elements resulting in a feast for the eyes. 778 Clayton was winner of the California Homes and Design Residential Interior Design Award in 2009 and has received numerous international acclamations including a detailed write-up in the NY Times. The residence was featured on the AIA Tour in 2009 and embodies green living, historical preservation and architectural creativity at its finest.
Visitors first take notice of the building's handsome facade, which has been restored to its original splendor. However, the real fun is about to begin. Towering ceilings sprinkled with skylights greet visitors making their way into the home. The eye catches glimpses of industrial materials such as steel, glass, and exposed brick, yet the feeling is one of warmth and hominess. A steel-supported cat-walk and dramatic staircase made of reclaimed butcher block creates sharp angles as it cascades down from the second level.
The first level features formal living and dining rooms. A transition to casual takes place as visitors make their way towards the custom kitchen-passing through a family room on the way. Reminders of the building's rich history dot the walls in the form of fixtures, moldings and stained-glass windows. The kitchen features custom oak cabinetry, a rolling steel library ladder, and top-end stainless appliances. Adjacent to the kitchen is a breakfast area surrounded by curved glass and access to the home's lower deck. A bedroom, full bathroom and office round out the first level. The bathroom features a large stained-glass window depicting St. Peter which was salvaged from a church, and is positioned just over the tub.
The upper level features two bedrooms and a full bath. Polycarbonate panels, glass doors and Douglas fir wrap the visitor in a unique sensory experience. The master suite enjoys its own private wing of the house and its own deck. Abundant natural light pours through skylights while picture windows provide breathtaking scenery. Other features of the home include two-car garage parking, laundry, storage, and a stellar location.
"After interviewing several Realtors, we not only felt that Sejal, Arrian, and Payton ‘got us,' but that they would add creativity, intelligence, and integrity to the selling process.
Payton is the team's right brain, bringing in great ideas and a team of stagers, florists, window washers... anyone you need to make your home and marketing of the home perfect. Arrian is the brains and the brawn – he manages the day-to-day process, has keen market insight and valuation acumen, and is very thoughtful during offers and negotiations. Sejal is all about the behind-the-scenes details – she calls to remind you of everything and makes every paper signing run like clockwork.
The best part about working with Payton+Binnings is their attitude. Even when things got tough, when neighborly drama arose, and when offers came in, they took care of everything with so much good will and humor that it was honestly just a pleasure to work with them.
The only thing we weren't prepared for was how fast everything would happen... we had multiple offers right away and moved out a month after our first open house!"
-Lexie and Casper