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This Mid-Century A-Frame Is Decked Out in Head-to-Toe Black

published Sep 14, 2023
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Kitchen area with black cabinets and countertop
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For those with a faraway fantasy of packing up city life and heading for a cabin in the mountains, that dream is about to get a little less distant. Just look at this picturesque A-frame home nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains, and only an hour and a half east of Los Angeles when you want a taste of city life. 

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The details:

  • Where: Crestline, California
  • Price: $520,000
  • Size: 948 square feet
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
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Once you step inside, you’ll notice a motif pretty much instantly: Black and white decks out the entire home. White tongue-and-groove boards stretch up to the apex of the cathedral ceiling, which is also punctuated by black planks. Save the ceilings, black paint really envelops the home, and while it might seem dark or Halloween-y, it’s cozy in a way that endures way beyond October. 

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Check out the bathroom, for instance. Matte black, elongated hexagonal tiling adorns the walls, while a miniature honeycomb tile bedecks the floors. The glossy pedestal sink is black, too, as is the soaking tub — though the inside is bright white, giving the giant basin a floating effect. As if steeping in a steamy tub while feeling like you’re floating isn’t relaxing enough, the windows also look out into a verdant view of the surrounding trees. 

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The vista gets even better when you head upstairs, via a black-railinged spiral staircase. Position your bed right in front of the picture window to wake up being bathed in natural light, and have your first view of the day be a green canopy of leaves. The triangle of the A-frame naturally hugs the bed, and something about the pointed structure feels particularly appropriate for living in a mountain town, too. 

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On the main level, the living area feels extra spacious thanks to the soaring ceilings and the way it plays with height. Rather than opting for soaring cabinets, for example, the kitchen is entirely below counter-level. Stretching along one wall, the all-black kitchen somewhat blends into the inky wainscoting that wraps around the room, but when you look closely you’ll see it boasts a gorgeous Italian range. 

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On the opposite end of the height spectrum, a mid-century fireplace positioned in the center of the living area provides a welcome pop of red-orange, and the narrow chimney reaches up to the top of the ceiling. It’s the perfect way to come inside and warm up after getting pleasantly chilly on the expansive deck just outside. 

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