Lisa Wong Jackson found her family’s Cliff May–designed home in Berkeley, California, on Craigslist. As is true of so many online finds, it was a bit of a hit-or-miss opportunity, but the ranch-style property showed potential as a first-time home for the graphic designer and her husband, Nick Jackson, an attorney.
The couple had always admired Cliff May’s distinctive architectural style. There were ready to move in, but the home had one major drawback: a complete lack of landscaping. With a nonexistent entryway and a backyard overrun with weeds and rotting retaining walls, they knew it would be a lot of work. Despite the daunting challenge, Lisa and Nick decided it would be worth the extra effort, so they rolled up their sleeves every weekend to create their dream home.
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: Nick Jackson, Lisa Wong Jackson and their sons, Lucas (age 4) and Theo (2)
Location: Berkeley, California
Size: 1,459 square feet (136 square meters); 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Year built: 1955
+ Photos and features via Nanette Wong