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Charming 1925 North Berkeley bungalow with original Craftsman built-ins, architectural details and hardwood floors, harmonious kitchen and bath. Laid-back, quiet residential strolling neighborhood. Two blocks to North Berkeley BART & Ohlone Park. Ample parking on upper Sacramento Street boulevard and in driveway to terra-cotta roofed garage under house with office, exercise, workshop space with heat! A short flight of railed steps leads to a deep front porch with room for a bench or swing for evening sunsets.
Enter into a spacious, living room to be greeted by a charming Craftsman tiled fireplace flanked by original stained-wood, cut-glass-fronted bookshelves under windows, dramatic mantle. Hardwood floors, contrast wood trim and picture molding set off the coved plaster ceiling with its charming Japonesque Sue Johnson ceiling fixture figured with bamboo. Step through the open doorway into a light-filled dining room, graced by twin built-in Craftsman hutches with glass fronts flanking a tall window from the ceiling hangs an elegant bronze and fabric chandelier.
A short back hall leads to two bedrooms with large closets and Japonesque Sue Johnson leaf-figured lacquered-paper ceiling fixtures; the front bedroom has a second door to the living room; the back bedroom has corner windows overlooking the yard. The bath is updated in white, with tile floor, pedestal sink, shower over tub and cute built-in cabinet.
The kitchen features a cheerful black & white checkerboard vinyl floor, light gray-green cabinets, white composite counters, an oversized stainless steel sink and refrigerator/freezer. A black gas stove picks up the color scheme, breakfast nook with curved open shelves and window over the back yard works perfectly as office/homework space. A walk-through laundry room with washer/dryer and storage leads to the back porch, and a large, open, fenced, private back yard with concrete patio, small mature trees, garden beds and plenty of space for further creative gardening.
Two blocks to Hopkins/Gilman shopping (Monterey Market, Berkeley Horticultural), dining and Hwys 80/580 access. More shopping/dining on Cedar, San Pablo, in Gourmet Ghetto, Downtown Berkeley. Two Blocks to No. Berkeley BART, Ohlone & Cedar Rose Parks.
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.