A captivating modern house with breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay

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ODS Architecture designed this impressive modern contemporary house that boasts San Francisco Bay views, situated in The Highlands neighborhood of San Mateo, California. This single-story dwelling encompasses 3,000 square feet of living space, created to capture the fabulous views from the backyard.

The homeowners wanted an outdoor courtyard that would provide shelter from the occasional high winds that are experienced from their hillside location. The house was designed around this central courtyard will the goal of highlighting the views – the owner also wanted to experience the views while at the kitchen sink.


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An open-layout kitchen, dining, and living area were devised to accommodate large gatherings with family and friends. These spaces were organized in such a way that would enable the kitchen to be part of the social activities in the living room during holidays and sporting events.

modern contemporary home exterior

The homeowner’s twin boys requested two identical bedrooms that share a Jack ‘n Jill bathroom. Other functional needs included expansive walls of glazing throughout the home, heating by a radiant hydronic underfloor system, and cooling with air conditioning utilizing concealed ductwork.

modern contemporary home exterior

The dwelling was created with flat roofs and minimal overhangs that become deeper depending on the sun’s orientation. The home is intended to be a simple, elegant structure suited to the owner’s lifestyle while fitting into the context of the Highlands neighborhood.

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What We Love: This magnificent modern house is perched up on a hillside, boasting sweeping views from the backyard of the San Francisco Bay. The intimate outdoor courtyard is perfect for lounging and entertaining while being sheltered from the elements. Overall, we are loving the indoor-outdoor connection of this home, promoting natural light and views throughout this fantastic dwelling.

Tell Us: What details do you find most appealing in the design of this house? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other amazing home tours that we have showcased here on One Kindesign in the state of California: Remarkable energy efficient home boasts views over San Francisco Bay and Visually striking open and airy modern home in San Francisco.

modern contemporary home entry with a built-in bench

modern contemporary home outdoor courtyard

modern contemporary home outdoor courtyard

modern contemporary open layout living and casual dining area

modern contemporary living room

modern contemporary living room with a sleek fireplace

modern contemporary living room with a wall of glass that opens to the outdoors

modern contemporary backyard patio with outdoor furniture

modern contemporary backyard landscaping

modern contemporary home exterior with a large patio

modern contemporary kitchen clerestory windows

modern contemporary dining room

modern contemporary dining room looking towards the kitchen

modern contemporary powder room

modern contemporary bedroom with a sliding glass door leading out to a private patio

modern contemporary bedroom with a large window and a skylight

modern contemporary bathroom shower

modern contemporary home office with a large window

modern contemporary kids bedroom

modern contemporary bathroom with a skylight

modern contemporary hallway

modern contemporary home exterior aerial view

PHOTOGRAPHER Paul Dyer Photography, Philip Liang

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D. Pefanis
8 months ago

Love a ranch, especially a gorgeous, modern one like this! Love all the windows that let in light. The only thing I would be on the fence about is the glass door to the Primary bathroom and the other window in the hallway. I would be concerned about security, anyone could pop that door or window to get into the house. But if I had installed non-breaking glass on those 2 items, plus maybe more like them and a great alarm system, it would be ok. In todays world, you’d be rolling the dice with security. Same with the garage… Read more »