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This stunning, 5 bed, 5.5 bath, 4,571 sq. ft. villa in the Berkeley Hills with views of San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge exemplifies quintessential California indoor/outdoor living! Originally built in 1924 by renowned Bay Area architect John Hudson Thomas, the current owners recently completed a meticulous top-to-bottom update that retains the timeless elements of Thomas’ English cottage-inspired vision while re-imagining the interior and exterior spaces with state-of-the-art amenities, additions, and workmanship that pull the home’s aesthetics and functionality into the 21st Century.
Just inside the level-in entrance is a large foyer with a marble and copper floor mosaic, custom murals, and a deco-themed ceiling. A large picture window frames an impressive view out to the redwood forest enclosing the back yard. The astute mixture of materials and styles, a signature of Thomas’, is preserved and enhanced by the home’s top to bottom renovation and remodel. A new foundation allowed the addition of a spacious lower level, a second master suite, and substantial outdoor spaces on every level that creates the feeling of always being wrapped in nature.
The main floor consists of a generous formal living room flooded by light from a Palladian-style window overlooking Tuscan-inspired hardscape and Blackberry Creek and, on the opposite wall, a generous bay window with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge—the perfect place for a private retreat from the action in the main room. Throughout the home, details like this create spaces that have the ability to adapt seamlessly to different needs and lifestyles.
The open-plan chef’s kitchen has direct access to the three-car garage. The dining room walk-out leads to a large, elegant dining terrace with custom iron railing and an arched exterior staircase leading to a backyard dining/entertaining area.
The upper floor displays the exquisite craftsmanship and creative verve found throughout the home. The main master boasts a gorgeous stacked-stone gas fireplace with remote control, an air conditioning/heating unit, and a French door opening onto a Juliet balcony with a view of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. The sense of space outside is echoed by the bedroom’s 16’ ceiling. The marble master bath is a show-stopper that includes a tasteful chandelier, as well as a steam shower with audio speakers, aromatherapy, and adjustable color LED lights.
Flexibility defines the rest of the upper floor. Here, the master suite is united with a second complete master suite at the far side of the home, as well as a third bedroom and a third bath in the hallway, all conjoined by a family room-sized space that features a closet with washer and dryer, granite-topped wet bar with mini-fridge, and yet another deck overlooking the bucolic backyard. There are spacious custom walk-in closets in almost every room along with plenty of additional storage created at every opportunity. Many possibilities for this clever and creative assemblage of spaces were created for any type of household.
The lower level has two private and one interior entrance, yet another master suite; a second generously-proportioned bedroom that is designed and wired to function as a state-of-the-art media room; a spacious office that is plumbed for kitchen fittings; living room; second bathroom; and a utility room housing the instant-on water system also plumbed for a second laundry room – all heated by the hydronic heating system installed throughout this energy efficient home. The generous double-paned windows and French doors leading to the backyard on this level create light-filled spaces that rivals those on both upper floors. The natural sound-proofing of this partially in-ground elegant space makes this level an excellent practice room for the family’s musicians, a guest suite, in-law apartment, or teenager’s hideout. It’s unique layout even allows for multiple simultaneous uses of the space without compromising occupants’ privacy or serenity.
The incredible, secluded backyard living spaces could be considered the fourth level of this home. The area was excavated to accommodate a new lawn, grotto, planting boxes, flagstone patio with a stone hearth and fire pit, an outdoor kitchen, hot tub, secluded hammock area, a small grotto, and two fountains. The variety of materials help create distinct private outdoor “rooms” that allow for intimate family gatherings or contemplative “me-time” moments, as well as large-scale entertaining. Japanese maples, fruit trees and other ornamentals dot the space and provide the ideal tranquil backdrop for outdoor leisure. The sophisticated setting is framed by a stone retaining wall with iron railing, a dense stand of redwood and heritage oak trees, the Blackberry Creek which runs almost year-round, and the Italianate rear-elevation of the home itself.
This unique home has it all: sturdy absolutely move-in construction, modern amenities, luxurious finishes and artistic flourishes, a quiet location, and proximity to all that the East Bay has to offer. This North Berkeley neighborhood is the best in the East Bay, with Berkeley Path trails throughout. Only 1.1 miles from the Solano Avenue shopping district and the 39.4 miles of hiking trails of Tilden Regional Park (many accommodating dog walkers, bikers, and horseback riders)—and even closer to downtown Kensington and Indian Rock Path—this home is mentioned on North Berkeley neighborhood walk books, and has had received nods on the Berkeley Historical Society annual tour.
Home to one of the most prestigious universities in the country, Berkeley offers the intellectual and cultural stimulation from its campus -- which is within walking distance of downtown. Many Berkeley neighborhoods were established in the 1920s, with quiet, tree-lined streets, brown-shingled homes, and lushly landscaped yards. In Thousand Oaks, the original developers preserved ancient oak trees and left rock outcroppings intact. Elmwood, with its thriving business district, remains one of the city’s most sought-after neighborhoods. In Claremont, the Claremont Hotel, a gleaming white Victorian-era landmark, has provided generations of Bay Area residents with a luxurious getaway.
Berkeley has long been at the forefront of culinary innovation. Locals flock to the original Peet’s Coffee & Tea location. For residents who like to savor their meals at home, small retail districts sprinkled throughout Berkeley allow them to shop like Europeans, going from store to store to purchase everything they need. Those in a hurry can always visit major grocery stores nearby.
Neighborhood green spaces abound throughout Berkeley, from small community gardens to the Berkeley Rose Garden -- which boasts more than 3,000 rose bushes. The gem of the area is 2,000-acre Tilden Regional Park, with its miles of biking and hiking trails and the naturally landscaped swimming hole at Lake Anza.
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