Shangri-La awaits you in this modernized, turn of the century Berkeley Brown Shingle home with lower level two bed, one bath apartment and additional detached studio surrounded by lush mature landscaping. With a 95 Walkscore (WalkScore.com) this highly sought after location is just steps from the best of Berkeley while still providing tranquility. Major system updates including foundation, plumbing and electrical, performed on the house in the early 1980s.
Gracefully updated main home with meticulous detail and artisan finishes. The renovated Chef’s kitchen is equipped with Sub Zero Refrigerator, Wolf Range, U-Line wine refrigeration system, custom cabinetry, tile backsplash and eco-friendly countertops. With a breakfast bar and open concept design, the kitchen graduates to the formal dining room with seamless ease making entertaining a joy. Half-bath and laundry can also be found on the main level. Three bedrooms upstairs enjoy a spa-like full bathroom with tile and stone accents, clawfoot tub, glass door shower, picturesque windows and skylights. The main home will be delivered vacant at close of escrow as will the rear studio.
Lower Level Unit:
The lower level unit offers an open floor plan and kitchen with two bedrooms and one full bath. Charming front gardens are enclosed by a custom picket fence built by William Walzer of Walzer Wood Works. Other custom finishes by Walzer are found on the custom front porch handrail leading to the original home and the gates leading from the driveway to the rear gardens. Private gardens and patio for this unit are accessed from the rear of the unit. This lower unit is currently tenant occupied.
Detached Rear Structure:
The detached rear structure (considered as garage/workshop area by the City of Berkeley has an additional 720 sq. ft. of space that HAS NOT been added to the total sq. footage advertised), has been set-up and used by the current owners as a multi-room studio, and designed in the spirit of the original home. The custom doors and windows of this incredible space are said to be made from reclaimed Redwood salvaged from a Napa water tank, and the wood ceilings salvaged and repurposed from a building in Oakland. Soaring ceilings and transom windows provide light-filled rooms and many high-end attributes give this space an incredibly chic but relaxing ambiance. Surrounded by decks with hot tub and verdant gardens, this multi-room space acts as the perfect Shangri-La retreat within the already harmonious setting.
Mature landscaping in the private rear gardens of the home lend a sophisticated Zen aesthetic and have been carefully developed over the years with native, drought-tolerant plants. Bamboo contained in custom metal banded planters flank the property for visual privacy, a Meyer Lemon Tree provides the perfect addition to your next beverage and both a Japanese Maple and mature Redwoods visually anchor the space. The rear gardens and studio are accessible from the main house, the lower unit or via the secure gate and carport.
Featuring a 95 Walkscore (WalkScore.com) this enchanting home is a block from Trader Joe's and minutes from such art venues as the Greek Theatre, Berkeley Rep, the Freight and Salvage and UC Theatre. With over 40 restaurants and cafés close by, including the world-renowned Chez Panisse, you’ll never be lacking a new adventure. Located just one block away from the bus to the new Salesforce Transbay Terminal in San Francisco and just three blocks from Downtown Berkeley BART and car share services around the corner, it’s a commuter's dream.
Note: Public Records shows a total square footage for the property as 2,867 sq ft. The detached accessory space, adds an additional 720 sq ft. to the property that HAS NOT been added to the total sq footage advertised in this description. The City of Berkeley considers this space to be 'Garage/Workshop.