One of the defining characteristics of the California mid-century modernist movement was architecture in harmony with nature. The nature preserve surrounding Santa Rosa was almost tailor-made for the kind of movement that permeated much of the state during the 1940s to 1970s. The  soaring redwoods practically called out for walls of glass, open spaces and a hopeful, revolutionary way of living that dared to blur the lines between indoor and out. “Be bold,” they challenged. “Look beyond tradition, honor nature, embrace freedom.”

This newly listed custom-designed architectural takes that charge seriously as a mid-century modern masterpiece. Built in 1970 — at what is considered the end of one of California architecture’s most experimental periods — the home manages to feel timeless in its depth, created through sweeping ceilings, massive floor-to-ceiling windows, a floating staircase and open living spaces.

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Unlike most homes built in the mid-century, the residence has three spacious bedrooms, each with an en-suite bedroom. The gourmet kitchen, set under a sheet of slanted windows, makes you feel as if you are preparing meals in the presence of nature.

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The master bedroom even boasts an adjacent den, where it’s easy to envision curling up with a good book, day or night. Nestled among the famous redwoods, a two-bedroom, 1-bath second unit offers a full kitchen.

However, the real star is the professionally landscaped gardens. A large deck graces the backyard — perfect for entertaining. Resting on nearly an acre in a sunny park-like setting, this very special home is in a superb location close to downtown Santa Rosa.

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Priced at $1,349,000 and listed by Raina and John Duran of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Santa Rosa, the residence is a rare gem, waiting for one visionary buyer to put their own expression of modernism on it.