Boonie Lang’s secret garden is legendary to local bonsai enthusiasts in Northern California. And now, her midcentury modern home, along with the breathtaking Japanese flora she cultivated in Granite Bay, CA, is on the market for the first time, for $999,000.
The homeowner and her husband, Gilbert Lang, who passed away last year, purchased the lot in the 1960s. The couple had a modern home built on the site, one of 166 in this Granite Bay community.
To create the gardens, Lang brought in the Japanese landscape master Katsuo Saito to create a “peaceful garden,” says listing agent Gail DeMarco.
The process took over two years to complete, and the result is serene and lovely landscaping, koi pond, and pool with cascading rock waterfall. Along with rare bonsais, the grounds are filled with azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, and Japanese maples.
“For all the bonsai clubs, this is one of the field trips,” DeMarco says, adding that Lang has given thousands of tours of the private garden. “It’s quite magical,” she adds.
While the gardens have grown and bloomed, the agent told us time has “stood still” inside the home. The interiors of this time capsule haven’t been updated since the home was finished in 1969. The Langs spent their money and time tending to the landscape, leaving the home in its mostly original state.
For fans of the midcentury modern aesthetic, the lack of updates aren’t a negative. Updates to the original bathrooms and the kitchen, flooring, and finishes will likely be needed.
Once potential buyers soak in the views of the resplendent green landscape through the large windows, though, the Langs’ decision to focus on the award-winning backyard becomes much clearer.
The home includes three bedrooms and four bathrooms within 3,619 square feet. Located on 1 acre, the residence is surrounded by redwoods and gardens, as well as a pagoda-style teahouse.
The ranch-style abode includes a circular family room with a huge natural marble fireplace, barreled beamed ceilings, and walls of glass with lake views.
Additional features include two en suite bedrooms, and a master bath with a grotto shower that looks out to the gardens.
There’s also a den, bonus room, and a kitchen with a Thermador cooktop and stainless-steel appliances, one of the few nods to the 21st century. However, the teal hue throughout the kitchen evokes a pure 1960s vibe.
The home’s location offers proximity to private community lakes, 180 acres of trails, a riding arena, picnic areas, and a playground.
The home will attract people who appreciate midcentury style. But the next owner will need to be prepared to take on this lovingly maintained, massive garden, as well as a koi pond with fish of up to 30 years old.
“People recognize the style of this house,” DeMarco says. “It’ll sell. It’s going to be a project for somebody. But once [renovations are] completed, it will be a landmark.”
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