81 Santa Rita Avenue
This remarkable Mid-Century Modern view home built in 1957 by prominent Bay Area architect Ward Thomas as his personal residence is set back on a spectacular lot and prime block in the heart of the neighborhood close to Forest Hill MUNI Station and J.P. Murphy Park! The romantic park-like landscaped entrance with bucolic storybook setting, 100 year old Cypress trees, inviting walkway, park-bench and impressive deck with expansive overhead eaves leads to the sliding glass front door and into a gracious foyer. The dramatic living room with vaulted open-beam ceiling boasts an imposing wood-burning fireplace with distinctive hood, rich hardwood floors, redwood paneling and floor to ceiling glass windows looking out to the home's enchanting garden oasis. The light-filled, spacious dining room that opens to a walk-out deck with views to Twin Peaks is perfect for entertaining! The handsome "modern" kitchen with enormous work-island and double stainless-steel sink includes an electric range, separate built-in barbecue grill, built-in oven, refrigerator and huge built-in pantry.
The delightful hallway with snazzy original glass-block skylights and convenient linen closet adjoins two good-size bedrooms - both with open-beam ceilings, large closets and sliding doors that open to a private walk-out deck - and a notable full bath with sleek custom vanity and mirror. A unique tailor-made staircase with exotic back-lit wood steps descends to the lower level's extraordinary living spaces. The fantastic master suite retreat enjoys a wall to wall closet, private bath with soaking tub and a fabulous walk-out brick patio with beautifully planted raised flower beds. The magnificent family room with terrific built-in bookshelves and direct access to the outdoors, and a well-planned laundry/storage room end this floor.
The incredible landscaped backyard with picturesque grounds includes a wrap-around brick patio and several charming seating areas. The two car side by side carport with guest spaces and attached versatile workshop/hobby room with built-in work-benches and an entire wall of built-in storage cubes complete this truly special home!