At first glance, I thought that was a little helipad in the backyard of this freshly listed mid-century modern house at 626 Vistamont Avenue. On reflection it’s probably where a hot tub might be placed, under the trees with sylvan view to boot. Either way, this looks like an intriguing property.

There’s the setting — a 20,000 sq ft lot of  greenery and trees, with hill views — and the architecture. The house was built in 1959 and has floor to ceiling windows and wraparound decks to take advantage of those views. The rock-wall fireplace is totally in keeping, as are the beamed ceilings and roof overhangs.

There are three bedrooms and three bathrooms in 1,855 square feet and the home is priced at $799,000 ($431/sq ft).

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...