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Nestled between the North Berkeley Hills and UC Berkeley, the Glendale-La Loma neighborhood of Berkeley is known for it's low-rising hills and its famed inhabitants, including architects like Bernard Maybeck who designed many of the area's homes. Quiet and private, yet only minutes to downtown Berkeley and famed Shattuck Avenue restaurants.
The home itself is a perfect blend of historical architecture from the 1930s with modern updates and features. Jack Kerouac, who was rumored to visit 2845 Buena Vista Way back in the 1950s, described it as a "stone castle overlooking Berkeley." Since then, the home has been remodeled to today's standards.
As you enter the home, you are greeted by gleaming hardwood floors, and peak bay views from the front bedroom windows. The two bay-facing bedrooms are sizable and light-filled, and have access to a roof terrace that overlooks the bay. The back bedroom has been used often as a guest room and office, and offers access to the garden - perfect for today's work-from-home environment. The updated bathroom with glass tile, shower over tub, and original concrete in-layed tile floor, is a true blend of modern and architectural.
Continuing down to the main living space, a high and exposed wood-beam ceiling welcomes you to a light-filled room; french doors lead to a large deck with bay views framed by a large buckeye tree. The original plaster and dome-shaped fireplace sets a romatic tone that continues onto the dining area, where a second fireplace is located.
The dining area and kitchen have polished concrete floors that feel dwell-inspired and modern. The updated kitchen has stone countertops, wood cabinetry, modern appliances and in-closet laundry. Off the kitchen, you will find another access point to the deck, which is a perfect spot for grilling outside or grabbing a few herbs from the garden for dinner. The indoor-outdoor flow is truly one of the best features of this home.
On the other side of this level, you will find a large en-suite bedroom separated by a small set of stairs, which allows for separation from the rest of the house and feels like a true getaway. Skylights in the hallway and bathroom allow for beautiful light. The updated bathroom feels like a spa retreat, with large shower over tub. The home has been afforded well-appointed fixtures such a Grohe faucets, Duravit sinks and hand-made tiles.
In addition to its proximity to campus and famed Shattuck Avenue, what draw resident to this area is also its proximity to some of Berkeley's most coveted parks. Nearby you will find places like the Berkeley Rose Garden, Codornices Park, Live Oak, and of course, Tilden. These are all perfect options for getting outdoors and exploring the perfect east bay climate and flora.
This truly unique and special home, in a neighborhood that is ideal for city dwellers who want a bit of tranquility and peace while also having access to all the east bay and Berkeley have to offer.
Oh, and have we mentioned the sunsets?
- 1823 Square Feet
- Bay Views
- Updated baths and kitchen
- Large Deck with great indoor-outdoor flow
- Terraced garden great for gardening
- Grohe fixtures
- Duravit bath and sinks
- Handmade tile throughout
- Tankless on-demand water heater
- High-efficiency two-zone heating
- Nest Thermostat
- New Roof in 2011
- North Berkeley BART/Casual Car Pool 1.9mi
- Downtown BART 1.6mi
- AC Transit Bus to SF 0.5mi (Euclid @ Cedar)
- UC Campus Gates 0.8mi
Map of Neighborhood
Perched above the city and offering the best panoramic views in the entire Bay Area, North Berkeley Hills is an incredibly peaceful residential neighborhood, yet not far from the hustle and bustle of the city’s more urban areas. Homes in the neighborhood are built in a variety of styles and feature spacious patio decks, manicured lawns and lushly landscaped gardens. Depending on where you live, North Berkeley Hills residents can enjoy views of the San Francisco and Oakland skylines, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and Mount Tamalpais. For even more great views plus a variety of great outdoor activities, residents can take a short trip to nearby Tilden Regional Park. Park amenities vary between free and paid activities. Free activities available at Tilden Park include a beautiful botanical garden, the Little Farm, and nearly 40 miles of scenic hiking trails. For a small fee, the public can also swim at Lake Anza, take a spin on the Merry-Go-Round, or enjoy a round of golf at Tilden Park Golf Course.
The area just north of UC Campus is highly-sought after due to its proximity to Shattuck Avenue (historically coined the "Gourmet Ghetto." This is where local famed chef Alice Waters opened Chez Panisse, bring farm-to-table classics to California. You can enjoy Jazz music and a slice of pizza at Cheeseboard, a local must. Window pick-up at Gregoire for salads and sandwiches, or a treat from Masse's will also fix your food cravings. Every Thursday the northerly part of Shattuck shuts down for a Farmer's Market. Then you can pick up a Peet's at the original shop on Vine Street.
In addtion to the food scene, you will find Safeway, Andronico's, CVS, Walgreens, Bar Method, Yoga studios, hair salons and clothing stores. It's truly a one-stop-shop for all your needs.
Lastly, despite its elevated location, the Berkeley Hills is extremely transit-friendly. The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District bus lines that serve the neighborhood drop residents at the Downtown Berkeley BART station for a quick commute to downtown San Francisco. Berkeley Hills residents who live near the western section of the neighborhood are less than one mile away from the heart of UC Berkeley, making it a great area for faculty and administrators to live. Residents can also benefit from a "G" Parking Permit if they prefer to drive to any AC transit stop near Shattuck.
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