where to look in Millbrae

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A very pleasant hillside city with an attractive, old-fashioned downtown, Millbrae has nearby Belmont’s topography and San Carlos’ traditional housing stock.

But Millbrae also offers the contemporary aficionado something neither Belmont or San Carlos can, an attractive and sizeable neighborhood of midcentury modern homes. Built in 1955 and 1956 by Stoneson Development, Millbrae Meadows is a mix of appealing Eichler-like single-story homes and conventional designs; two-stories are also common, some of them vaguely contemporary. Single-story contemporaries are small to medium-sized, ranging from about 1200 sq.ft. to 1700 sq.ft., with three bedrooms and two baths. With their open plan, beamed ceilings, walls of glass and courtyard entry, these homes resemble Eichlers of the same vintage, although the siding is tongue-and-groove, not Joe’s T-111, and they don’t look quite as edgy. In fact, they have many of the characteristics of conventional design, including hardwood floors, perimeter foundation and forced-air heating.

Views of the Bay and nearby Green Hills Country Club are available, the schools are highly regarded and, in the Eichler spirit, there’s a Millbrae Meadows Swimming Club. The location is unusual for the Millbrae hills, in a largely flat valley allowing usable yards, although that feature comes from man, not nature: prior to development, this area was leveled to provide fill for the expansion of San Francisco International Airport.

The discussion continues at Eichler City on Pinterest, with over a zillion MCM- and Midcentury-related photos and descriptions.  See photos of typical Millbrae Midcentury Modern plus MCM icons around the world as well as lesser-known homes, architects and builders and even a few oddities.  Also check out Eichler City on Facebook

Feel free to contact me at jfyten@cbnorcal.com.

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