Mid Century Modern Homes-Creative Real Estate by Paul DiLeo, 01369046

Mid Century Modern Homes-Creative Real Estate by Paul DiLeo, 01369046 Beautiful Homes for Artists, Musicians, and people who are creative at heart. Read my Testimonials at: www.OurAgentPaul.com
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Mid Century Modern Specialist... Entertainment Realtor that enjoys helping creative people find the perfect home and environment to live and or work in.

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04/14/2019

Mid Century Modern Homes-Creative Real Estate by Paul DiLeo, 01369046's cover photo

Fun Mid-Century Homes and Automobiles of Days gone by...
04/14/2019

Fun Mid-Century Homes and Automobiles of Days gone by...

Come see us today at this great Mid-Century in the Oakland Hills! First time on the market in 60 years! Open Sat and Sun...
03/30/2019
5818 Florence Terrace, Oakland

Come see us today at this great Mid-Century in the Oakland Hills! First time on the market in 60 years! Open Sat and Sun from 2p-4:30p. https://pauldileo877.realscout.com/homesearch/listings/p-5818-florence-terrace-oakland-94611-bayeast-811

Mid-Century wooded retreat circa 1958. First time on the market ever! Original 50’s style adorns this home with a brick fireplace, two kitchens, laundry room, and 2 private entrances for a potential non-conforming downstairs unit. Beautiful hardwood flooring, newer paint & carpeting. Patio, decks,...

Just Listed. Wonderful Mid-Century in Montclair just up from the Village. Come see this wooded retreat next Saturday and...
03/24/2019

Just Listed. Wonderful Mid-Century in Montclair just up from the Village. Come see this wooded retreat next Saturday and Sunday March 30th and 31st! Even has a studio rental below! Best Value in the Hills!

Still available! Chic Walnut Creek Poolside Condo walking distance to BART. Amazing! Call me...
03/24/2019

Still available! Chic Walnut Creek Poolside Condo walking distance to BART. Amazing! Call me...

Modern Interiors with you in mind. What are your favorites?
02/17/2019

Modern Interiors with you in mind. What are your favorites?

To all my Mid-Century Lovers!
02/12/2019

To all my Mid-Century Lovers!

Now is the time to spruce up your modern back yards and walkways. Fall is perfect for planting greenery with all the lus...
01/17/2019

Now is the time to spruce up your modern back yards and walkways. Fall is perfect for planting greenery with all the luscious rains coming. Find a style that is in harmony with your Modern Home. Start with hardscape and add plants, sands, gravels, and reflective waterways. Lush green carpeted lawns and/or faux turf are excellent choices for simplicity. Voila! You have the makings of your personal relationship with structure and nature. So much to enjoy. Take a look...

Thanks to all my wonderful friends and clients for making 2018 the best! Help me do it again for 2019 as I help you all ...
01/14/2019

Thanks to all my wonderful friends and clients for making 2018 the best! Help me do it again for 2019 as I help you all find your way home...Much Love, Paul DiLeo

Classic Joseph Eichler Paint Palette to add retro style and beautiful color to your Mid-Century Home.
01/11/2019

Classic Joseph Eichler Paint Palette to add retro style and beautiful color to your Mid-Century Home.

Update your Mid-Century with Modern and Vintage Italian Design with these ideas from Paul DiLeo, Designer.  Enjoy!
01/09/2019

Update your Mid-Century with Modern and Vintage Italian Design with these ideas from Paul DiLeo, Designer. Enjoy!

Mid-century meets Thomas Kincade
01/07/2019

Mid-century meets Thomas Kincade

Mid-Century Front DoorsThe front door to your Mid-Century home is considered the "Jewel" of the home. Have fun with diff...
12/29/2018

Mid-Century Front Doors

The front door to your Mid-Century home is considered the "Jewel" of the home. Have fun with different minimalist styles. Choose any color you love. The brightest to softest of colors all can work, even white. Here are some lovely examples of doors styles and colors on homes in both Northern and Southern California...

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12/29/2018

Mid Century Modern Homes-Creative Real Estate by Paul DiLeo, 01369046's cover photo

12/06/2018
Pantone

Here it is! The Pantone Color of the year for 2019! Beautiful Mid-Century Color "Living Coral-16-1546!

Introducing the Pantone Color of the Year 2019, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral - an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression. #COY2019

Author Scotty Bowers and Paul Di Leo at his book signing of "Full Service" in Palm Springs. His book was the inspiration...
12/01/2018

Author Scotty Bowers and Paul Di Leo at his book signing of "Full Service" in Palm Springs. His book was the inspiration for the Documentary "Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood". At 97 years old he is still very fun and sharp as a tack! Great book and great Film--A Mid-Century treat of the Golden Age of Hollywood!

Tim Hill's home designed by Norman F. Carver Jr. 1959 on Memory Lane, Kalamazoo, Michigan.  This is in my home town and ...
11/27/2018

Tim Hill's home designed by Norman F. Carver Jr. 1959 on Memory Lane, Kalamazoo, Michigan. This is in my home town and Memory lane has a variety of these homes. Like stepping back into time. Absolutely stunning Mid-Century residential block!

Today, #GivingTuesday all donations made to our virtual food drive will be matched, up to $50,000. Donate today and make...
11/27/2018
ACCFB Virtual Food Drive

Today, #GivingTuesday all donations made to our virtual food drive will be matched, up to $50,000. Donate today and make twice the impact on Bay Area hunger! Alameda County Community Food Bank
I am proud to work for a company that GENUINELY supports our communities in person and financially. Currently, one of the non-profits we are rallied behind is the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
1. A week and a half ago we went to the Alameda County Community Food Bank and spent an afternoon in their warehouse sorting & packaging food for distribution.
2. We are collecting non-perishable food in our Montclair Village office, 2077 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA.
3. We have put out the call for food donations to those who will be attending this weekend's FREE Breakfast with Santa event in our Piedmont office, 342 Highland Avenue, Piedmont CA.
4. We hosting an annual virtual food bank (link below photo) for the Alameda County Community Food Bank
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Highland Partners
November 19 at 6:30 AM ·
Please join us in supporting Alameda County Community Food Bank [http://bit.ly/HP-Food-Drive]

HIGHLAND PARTNERS 2018 Season of Giving:
Virtual Food Drive: http://bit.ly/HP-Food-Drive is running through the end of the year.
Old Fashioned Food Drive 2077 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA 94611
Toys-for-Tots: Both of our offices are donation stations for Toys-For-Tots.
Saturday, December 1st Breakfast with Santa. Santa Claus is coming to the HIGHLAND PARTNER office in Piedmont at 342 Highland Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611. Please bring your Toy for Tots or Food Bank Donations and enjoy a bite from Noah’s bagels and a piping hot beverage from our espresso cart.
Please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, fragrance or strongly scented products when at HIGHLAND PARTNERS. We strive to ensure the comfort & safety of staff, agents & visitors by promoting a fragrance-free environment. I have not & will not verify or investigate the information supplied by third parties.

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For information re: your group's Virtual Food Drive, please call (510) 635-3663 and follow the prompts to the Development Department.

Mid Century Modern Homes-Creative Real Estate by Paul DiLeo, 01369046
11/27/2018
Mid Century Modern Homes-Creative Real Estate by Paul DiLeo, 01369046

Mid Century Modern Homes-Creative Real Estate by Paul DiLeo, 01369046

✨Good Mid-Century Design always begins with composition that is appealing to the eye of the buyer. Take for instance this welcoming Living Room full of color. Large bookcases filled with art objects add a modern touch that still stays within the realm of Mid-Century style.🏡
Here are two angles to the same room:

Come see me tomorrow (Saturday 9/29) at our stunning new listing in Hiller Highlands!  Offers this Tuesday!
09/29/2018
454 Hiller Dr, Oakland

Come see me tomorrow (Saturday 9/29) at our stunning new listing in Hiller Highlands! Offers this Tuesday!

Chic and stylish town home located in the much sought after Hiller Highlands neighborhood. Situated at the top of the hill at the Oakland Berkeley border homeowners enjoy the best of all worlds. "The location could not be more ideal" one neighbor remarks. From the bustling shops, cafes and restauran...

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“With the Modernist Collection, the technology is there, but it’s not obtrusive. It looks like it fits with the style and integrity of the house.” - John McIlwee

Mid-Century Modern HomesBeyond BungalowsByPaul Di LeoMid-Century Modern Home SpecialistWhen Californians think of Mid-Ce...
08/21/2018
Home | Paul Di Leo | Realtor & Designer

Mid-Century Modern Homes
Beyond Bungalows

By

Paul Di Leo

Mid-Century Modern Home Specialist

When Californians think of Mid-Century Modern Architecture, Palm Springs typically comes to mind. But did you ever consider that we Northern California folks pass by these fine properties on a daily basis. Yes! Right here in Oakland/Piedmont, especially in the hills around highway 13 where there are over 4,680 Mid-Century homes built between 1945-1975.

Oakland’s Montclair District, the former bucolic vacationland of many San Franciscan’s of the 1920’s, has an astounding array of Mid-Century homes dotting the lush hills. The Oakland hills remind me of the Hollywood Hills and some homes have been closely replicated by Los Angeles homes build by such movie greats as Charlie Chaplin. I recently listed an Oakland home that had a grand foyer and massive living room with views of the bay. It was very similar to one of Barbra Streisand’s earlier 1960’s homes where she entertained close Hollywood friends and starlets in her own living room. Home concerts were big with Hollywood Stars and Oakland is no newcomer to recording artists (i.e. Tower of Power, Grateful Dead, Green Day) and other celebrities that desire beautiful water views of San Francisco with retro modern living spaces.

As a Bay Area realtor and designer for the past ten years, I hungered for Southern California style in my own backyard. I own a 1955 Avalon custom built home in Palm Springs that I restored to its original “Rat Pack” glamour. I am amazed that much of Northern California Mid-Century design has not been restored in the Bay Area. So many of these homes have been poorly remodeled over the years with Martha Stewart cottage styling, leaving nothing of original Mid-Century design to the buyer’s imagination. Re-selling these homes along with constant updating turns a classic Mid-Century modern into a traditional form of a contemporary home, which robs it of all its soul.

I also alert my clients that when viewing contemporary Montclair properties to be aware that they may have been modernized by remodeling around a 1920-1939 core; therefore, what appears to be an original Mid-Century is merely an updated vacation cabin. This can present all kinds of foundation issues as well as electrical and plumbing to the new homeowner when many stages of remodeling have been done to mask a poorly constructed old weekend getaway. What emerges as the Brady Bunch abode (yes they were late mid centuries too) could in fact been Mr. Brady’s grandmother’s home underneath that 1970’s quintessential California Contemporary peaked roof line.

So aside from the many faux pas of continual over remodeling of 1930’s homes to fit a current modern trend, there are actually some very nice original Mid-Century homes still in tact. Frank Lloyd Wright, Donald Wexler, Joseph Eichler, Tom Lowe, Leon Meyer, and other famous architects grace the Oakland hills with their designs that seem to blend perfectly with nature. Starting with the Meyer space ship “Round Homes” with Wexler pleated ceilings tucked in the hills all the way to the sprawling 1950’s Wright-Elizabeth Taylor style homes gracing the edges of Piedmont cul de sacs. I remember hearing chuckles from Realtors during broker’s tour whenever we walked into one of these Piedmont martini specials as if the era gone by was nothing but a joke among colleagues. Come now folks! Just because we live in the North let us not continue to fight the South. Mid-Century classics are a plenty both in Oakland and Piedmont and should be respected for their usonian beauty and minimalist style. For those of you looking for such an El Dorado home (and please don’t refer to them as “ramblers” or “ranchers” which is a Contra Costa suburban term) there are thousands right here in the North waiting for that special touch to bring them back to life.

Let’s talk first about the difference between remodeling and restoring. There was a plague as I had mentioned in the 1990’s – 2000 where it seemed to be important to install Tuscan kitchens in Mid-Century homes. What Tuscany and the Italians have to do with modernism is beyond me. Trust me, I know what I am talking about being an Italian-Swede myself.

Magazine and television advertising started trends and waves of style that assuaged new homeowners to redesign our classic Mid-Century’s with new interior design products that hit the market in the 1990’s. Now, most young buyers I meet have no interest in Granite Counter tops where everyone wanted them a few years back. Green is the new machine and composite counters mixed with appliances of all colors (not just stainless which is always in good modern taste) are beginning to show up in our Mid-Century homes. The young as well as the older buyers want to restore their purchases to the original condition the day Dad drove that Big Buick Super V8 home and parked it in the garage for the neighbors to see.

Furniture stores are now carrying replicas of 1962 style furniture at reasonable prices, where before the modern buyer was limited to very expensive Italian modern decor to get the “look and feel” of the era. Take a look around. The agents are over 50 and the buyers are 30. Adults of the mid era want the Mid-Century homes they grew up in that have the warmth of their childhood with the conveniences of iApple everything. It just makes sense to these neo-buyers looking for chic homes of good quality and value.

So think about when you list your Mid-Century home. Will you be advertising your jewel to these young buyers with frilly curtains, Bauer tableware, or ornate anything that they cannot relate too and which goes against the rules of Mid-Century style? Will you wonder why your home sits on the market because it’s not the hot slick ultra that fits our modern world today? And will you say, “but oh, Paul, when we bought our home ten years ago the previous seller just put it on the market with no improvements or staging. We had to outbid other buyers to get it!” Well my dear sellers, that was then and this is now. The most beautiful listing, priced well, is the first to get the highest possible price the market will bear and sell quickly.

Not to worry. I am on your side. The experienced Mid-Century modern specialist knows how to get your home up and running make it the best buy on the block for little money and high return. Think simple. Think modern. Restoring for sale can be as simple as removing frumpy items from the home, painting light colors, and making minor exterior changes to bring back the Mid-Century look. Staging with slick items that pop out to the young buyer will create excitement and emotion. Yes Martha, It’s a good thing!

We have what it takes to restore Piedmont and the Oakland Hills to its mid-century beauty. Mid-Century homes are the new old as I call it. Let’s give these homes and their designers the respect they deserve and come back into 2018 with some fierce properties that will raise the bar and bring the market back to premium pricing. The parade is coming. Are you ready? Let’s just do it!

Paul Di Leo is a Realtor® and Designer with Highland Partner, 342 Highland Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611. He is our Mid-Century Modern Home Specialist both in the Bay Area and Palm Springs.

Contact him at 510.289.0930, [email protected], or at www.OurAgentPaul.com.

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Specializing in Celebrities, Artists, Musicians, and people in the entertainment field buy and sell homes. I am a real estate agent, artist, and musician that identifies with the needs of creative people. I welcome all buyers and sellers who appreciate great architecture and artistic beauty in all styles of homes. I look forward to creating and manifesting the perfect home and environment for my clients. Call me today and let's talk about what I can do for you!

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