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‘Flintstone House’ Listed at $4.2M

Friday, September 18, 2015

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If you have $4.2 million to spare and dream to call a piece of Bedrock your home, the "Flintstone House" can be yours.

The 2,700-plus-square-foot house nestled in the rolling hills of California’s Bay Area went on the market earlier this month for the first time in nearly two decades.

Photos Courtesy Judy Meuschke/Alain Pinel Realtors

The "Flintstone House," constructed in 1976 by architect William Nicholson and builder Wayne Da San Martino, is for sale for $4.2 million.

Also referred to as the "Barbapapa House" when it was first built in 1976 and into the early 1980s, the Hillsborough home was designed by architect William Nicholson and built by Wayne Da San Martino, according to a Sept. 3 story in USA Today.

“Many of you have seen this house from Highway 280 for years,” said Realtor Judy Meuschke in a Sept. 1 Facebook post. “Your curiosity will be satisfied when you see the great photos.”

According to Meuschke’s website, the single-family residence has multiple domes that were made by “spraying shotcrete onto steel rebar and mesh frames over inflated aeronautical balloons.”

Personalized Design

The house contains a number of personalized touches to match its eclectic style. Meuschke said on her website that the owner hired architect Eugene Tsui to design her kitchen, which includes lighted niches and appliance enclosures; a glass countertop with a diagonal metal spine; wood cutout swinging doors; and custom-designed drawers and cabinets.

The living room, like much of the house, features curved walls, Jerusalem tiles, orange accents and Tim Welodn paintings.

Several other designers and architects helped to style the home, including Burning Man artist Dan Das Mann and Oakland artist John Lewis Glass Studio. The real-estate agent said that Tim Weldon paintings hang on many of the curved walls and “unusually thick” Jerusalem tiles cover the floors throughout most of the house.

Orange and earth-tones accent both the inside and outside of the house.

“You can see by her artwork and her furnishings and the things she collected that she loved this place,” Meuschke told NBC Bay Area.

The unusual abode was actually at risk for demolition in the early 1980s due to pervasive water infiltration and cracks, according to architect B.H. "Danny" Daniller, who directed the effort to save the structure. The project included sealing, waterproofing and coatings work.

First-Hand Experience

According to Redfin, the three bed, two bath home last sold in September 1996 for $800,000. The current owner has chosen to remain anonymous, Meuschke said. However, the previous owner talked to the San Francisco Chronicle in 1997.

The current owner hired architect Eugene Tsui to design her kitchen that includes lighted niches and appliance enclosures and a glass countertop with a diagonal metal spine.

“We found that place a fun house,” Tom Petika, who lived there with his wife for 10 years until relocating to  Santa Rosa, told the Chronicle.

“I remember when we first moved in, my wife Dorothy and I would walk in and kind of laugh. Nothing in the house was perfectly symmetrical. No ceiling was the same height from room to room. Everything was round. There were no corners.

“In fact, when it was originally built, there were no interior doors,” said Petika. “In no time we had a door man up there. That was too bizarre for us.”


Tagged categories: Architects; Architecture; Color + Design; Design; Modernism; Modernist architecture

Comment from M. Halliwell, (9/18/2015, 11:14 AM)

It must be location, location, location and the finishing for that price. I have several dome homes of the same sort of construction in my area (though single dome with garage....think igloo style). Adding more domes is not that big of a deal. If done right, they are very economical (one of our local ones uses solar/wind power and geothermal heat...it is pretty much off the grid). Plus, they can weather some pretty nasty storms. Not too bad, other than the lack of square corners...but definitely not what most people think of when you say "house."

Comment from John Thompson, (1/4/2016, 4:12 PM)

Hey! Wait a minute...I thought Dick Clark owned the "Flintstone's house"...and that it is located in Malibu, CA. What's up with this one? Neither really looks like Fred and Wilma's place to me.

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