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.”