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As Unique as You Are

Welcome to the one home that is as unique as you are! Reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright, the symmetrical architecture of the low-profile Craftsman exterior opens into an intimate Ginko-clad entry. Jaws drop as the ceiling rises and opens to the skies above through the glass ceiling of the expansive atrium. French Doors lead into the gracious living room where the fireplace repeats the Ginko theme. The built-in benches of the inglenook adorn the view-facing windows. A long sunporch, accessed from both the living room and dining room, drinks in the view of the bay.  

The central floor plan has been opened up and modernized to honor and revere the vision of the original architect. The kitchen’s simple elegance is left uncluttered. There are no upper cabinets, just large windows and brick-like tile to balance the architecture of the dramatic glass ceiling. Built to entertain, the kitchen boasts two sinks and two dishwashers. The Fisher Paykel range is a culinary workhorse. Original built-ins in the dining room augment the kitchen storage.  Guests are encouraged to spill out into the newly built redwood deck.

In the main house, two of the three bedrooms have their own bathroom.  The laundry has been moved upstairs for greater convenience. The lower level has a small kitchen, family room, bathroom, small bedroom, and dedicated laundry. The large former laundry room may be easily improved with windows and flooring. There is a separate studio attached to the two-car garage with massive doors that accommodate large-scale artworks and projects. The home has amazing expansion potential with copious unfinished basement space.  The grandness of the existing living space invites the addition of lower-level bedrooms.

More of Wright’s inspiration is seen in the way the house embraces the natural surroundings of the quarter-acre lot. Another uniquely magical moment, the Wisteria-covered stone garden room is outfitted with a fireplace, a grill, and stone benches. Garden paths lead past fruit trees, stone benches, and gazing ponds. The bones of elegant ponds and a waterfall still grace the far slope.

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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. Some residents in the southern part of North Berkeley Hills are within walking distance of the thriving retail district on Solano Avenue. Featuring a wide variety of stores, shops, and plenty of great restaurants, including: Safeway Community Markets: Located at the southwest corner of Solano and Fresno Avenues, this is a great place to check off everything on your grocery list. Noor & Sons Rug Gallery: Find handcrafted Oriental Rugs for your home, as well as rug cleaning and repair services. Peet’s Coffee: It all started in Berkeley, and this location is ideal for your morning cup of coffee before you begin your commute. Additionally, foodies who love a variety of cuisines are just a short walk or drive away from the infamous Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood. Despite its elevated location, North 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.



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