Open house pick: Donald Olsen mid-century modern

Another newly listed Berkeley home with historical interest today — this one designed in 1956 by noted modernist architect Donald Olsen.

The home, at 123 Fairlawn Drive, displays Olsen’s penchant for boxy volumes and lots of floor-to-ceiling windows providing plentiful natural light. There’s also indoor-outdoor living possibilities, a more recently added “gourmet” kitchen, as well as views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Olsen, a former professor at UC’s College of Environmental Design, lives  in Berkeley in a house he designed for himself in 1954 on San Diego Drive. His home was landmarked by the city last year.

This one is priced at $925,000  — sold in 2007 for $799,000 — and, I have to say, that if I bought it I would be itching to fill it with gorgeous mid-century modern furniture.