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always having to leave,” says Dayna. “What
The snap decision is easy to understand.
we really wanted was a home.”
Firkins immediately suggested they
look at this house, a minimalist, newly built
stunner about to be listed. Dayna rejected
it out of hand, saying, “Contemporary is not
my style, and I don’t know anything about
Greenbrae.” But Firkins urged them to look.
They did, and they bought it, even though it
was the only house they saw.
The contemporary stucco-and-ipe home sits at
the end of a cul-de-sac, where the boys now ride
their bikes. It’s nestled into a sloping one-third-acre lot, where the boys run up and down the
“hiking trails.” On the bottom floor is a family
room with direct access to the outdoors.
But it was the main floor that swayed
“This was not a Home Depot flip,” Firkins says.
Eric and Dayna, with its exquisite attention
to detail. The kitchen, for example, has no
cabinets, so as not to mar the sight lines. Dishes
and glasses sit in white laminate drawers. The
refrigerator is hidden behind a gray laminate
that blends seamlessly with the pantry. And an
appliance garage hides any clutter. The home
risks feeling spare, but is surprisingly warm.
“The builders lived here before they built it.”
The builders also maximized the home’s
sunlight, installing windows along the entire
front wall of the living room and over the sink
in the kitchen, accentuating the airiness with
ash-colored wood floors. They also added a bit
of humor, programming the front doorbell to
chime with the song, “Who Let the Dogs Out?”
The Quanbecks’ three boys, who think
the doorbell is hilarious, press it often. It’s a
whimsical touch that feels spot-on for an ener-
getic, sometimes chaotic household that has
truly become a home. m
WHEN DAYNA AND Eric Quanbeck first met their ealtor, Jennifer Falla Firkins, last May, they wanted to be clear about
what they needed. So they brought their
reasons for moving to her office: three sons,
all under the age of five. “They were running
around terrorizing the place,” says Dayna. “It
was a very quick meeting.”
Firkins got the picture. Forget about hill-
side homes. Forget about infinity pools. The
Quanbecks, who both work in the city, needed a
toddler-friendly home with a quick commute.
At the time, they were living in an apartment in Pacific Heights and though they
loved the city, it wasn’t working with their
young family. The minute the boys rose each
day, Eric and Dayna had to get them out, so
as not to disturb the neighbors. “It was hard,