6633 Kane Way
This stunning mid century masterpiece embodies all that sets this form of architecture apart from the rest. This Geometrically perfect home was constructed in 1962 by the Gelman family in collaboration with local famed architect Whitney Biggar. The home features over 4200 square feet of living space and is positioned on over 3/4ths of an acre in the highly sought after neighborhood of Olde Stockdale just steps from Stockdale Country Club. The main home boasts 4 bedrooms + office, 2 full bathrooms as well as two 3/4 bathrooms. The guest suite also features a studio type bedroom with separate 3/4th bathroom. The home was meticulously, lovingly, and strikingly renovated between 2013 -2014 with no expense spared and bringing the home to BETTER-than-new condition. The $1,000,000+ renovation includes, but is not limited to: New wiring, new plumbing in home and to the street, new roof, new water features, all new appliances, all new heating and air systems, new tankless water heaters, all new highly energy efficient windows and insulation, an fully paid for solar system, new sprinkler systems, new pool equipment... The list goes on. This home is truly one of a kind and should not be missed for the discerning buyer.
Jewel of the 1960's ... Joy of Today
1962 America stood in prosperity with President John F. Kennedy and his young family bringing vitality to the White House. It was the year that John Glenn orbited the earth and Walter Cronkite began his two decade career as anchor of CBS news. It was also the year that the first James Bond film hit the theaters while Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. brought swank and style to American culture.
This was the era in which George and Ruth Gelman lived, making their home in Bakersfield along with their three children. The couple, active in both in social and business circles, set out to design a family home that reflected their sophisticated taste. This was no small task. Few Bakersfield homes at the time embodied the bold geometric lines that are the hallmarks of the Gelman home. It took the talent and persistence of Ruth, who we understand studied architecture in Chicago. She drove the design of the home and its grounds, bringing in principles of light and flow made famous by Frank Lloyd Wright.
In fact, it isn’t uncommon for first-time visitors to the home to remark on design elements similar to Frank Lloyd Wright. And there apparently is a nugget of truth in that. One story about the design of the Gelman home goes like this: at time that Ruth and George were underway with their home design, close friends were also getting underway, having secured the Frank Lloyd Wright design team for their undertaking. Not to be outdone, Ruth set out to create a living space and entertainment home that would rival their friends’ project. To this day, people who tour the Ablin home in in northeast Bakersfield see like features in both houses.
Architect Whitney Biggar prepared detail design drawings and a team of outstanding craftsmen constructed the home. Craftsmen hired for the 2013/14 remodel were impressed at the skillful woodworking in particular. Landscape architects really set off the structures with thematic hardscape and fencing, much of which is still in place today.
Features of the original home spoke to sophistication of the day, such as the sunken fireplace and colored Tiffany glass which is a magnet for conversation during any event. The original layout included a maid’s quarters adjoining the kids’ bedrooms, complete with a custom mattress to accommodate the unusual geometry of the bed chamber. The dining table and entertainment area are equipped with subtle buttons that signaled wait staff to tend to guests.
Ruth’s PhD predated internet research so the original mahogany built-ins included reading stands as an aid in literature examination. George’s study still boasts the original light fixture and mahogany paneling. Originally, it was adjoined by a curiously private room accessibly only by a rotating pocket door. Initially thought to be a panic room, we later determined this was a darkroom for photo development. The original living area included a polar bear rug and what looked to be original Aimes chairs. The house was equipped with a CB/short wave radio system which the Gelman’s used to speak with family members abroad.
The current owners sought to modernize this spectacular home while preserving its 1960’s swank and style. Gone are the polar bear rug and maid’s quarters, but in their place are an outstanding sound system and private guest quarters among other modern touches. It would be our pleasure to arrange a private tour of this outstanding home.
- Great room anchored by view of the pool and landscaped yard
- Complete commercial grade kitchen remodel with two-tone mahogany cabinetry, induction
cooktop, custom stainless work, all new appliances, and Sub-Zero refrigerator
- Master bath full remodel done in marble and mahogany; geometric walk-in shower and free- standing soaking tub; new adjoining laundry room; master wing addition constructed with 2x6 engineered studs for maximum quality
- Natural quartzite and granite countertops throughout; built-in custom cabinetry and shelves in every room
- Low-E commercial grade windows and frames (approx. 144 windows, tempered dual-pane glass, interior and exterior panes each ¼”)
- New roof and added insulation that meets or exceeds Title 24 (R38 to R50)
- (42) panel solar system, fully-owned, approx. 13 kW; annual makeup power bill tracking between $1,000-$1,500/yr
- (3) 18 SEER, 4-ton AC units in three separate zones in the main house alone; all new ductwork is commercial linear design for ultra-quiet air delivery; (7) Hakai high efficiency ceiling fans
- Made use of natural lighting through use of laminated soundproof glass in select interior walls
Infrastructure and Utilities
- 400 amp power service with 4 sub-panels
- New waterline delivery system from Edmond Court, front and rear, with multiple feeds throughout the property; new irrigation system equipped with automatic fertilizer feed system
- Tankless, high volume water heaters in both main and pool house; (3) total
- Alaskan cedar wood (termite resistant) used in the exterior, including window frames and structural beams, for durability; acrylic plaster on all overhangs
- All new LED lighting throughout, inside and out
- Copper rain gutters and downspouts
- New septic system in rear of property to augment main system
Just For Fun
- Irresistible conversation pit with floor-to-ceiling Tiffany glass; seats (10); large, oversized fireplace
- Sound system throughout the living area with outside speakers.
- Clear redwood and Sapele mahogany ceiling inserts
- Custom commercial grade (Kane carpet company) area rugs cut to compliment the angularity
- Saltwater pool refurbished with new fiberglass liner, piping, pump and filtration system (front water feature, too)
- Pool house retreat with adjoining guest laundry room
- Subterranean emergency shelter that sleeps (6) --- who knows, with new stairs could be a future wine room??