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Many of us who have lived in Oakland for a long time continue to be amazed at this special place on earth!

If you’re seeking a unique spot in a spectacular setting , my new listing is a  magical 3+bed /2 bath home is situated on over half an acre of terraced gardens, and includes an exceptional detached artist studio with half bath above a 2 car garage.

There was no way we were going to neutralize this home into a sea of grey for sale!
Instead the owner and stager “curated” the  wonderful selection of tasteful and artistic treasures to showcase the home and possibilities for the detached studio!

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Both the indoor and outdoor spaces have been lovingly and meticulously updated and maintained.  A perfect spot for the creative and contemplative soul, this true gardener’s and artists delight has planted terraces , hidden patios and a slice of the golden hills.

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Come  enjoy a few minutes of contemplation, the scrunch of car wheels on a gravel driveway , birdsong and wind in the trees!

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The first open house at 1807 Blake Street is this Sunday from 2:00 to 4:30 and what a great time it promises to be!
Central Berkeley continues to be a hot market according to pundits who analyze national real estate data…

Do stop by and visit if you are in the neighborhood!

Reportedly, this was originally one of 3 buildings built by a retired sea captain .
The beautiful woodwork, grand staircase and built-ins harken back to the days of quality craftsmanship, and there are huge amounts of storage to keep everything ship shape!

The 2 story format of the house displays the beauty of Craftsman detail at its best. With handsome detail in every room, upstairs and down,  functional built-in storage benches and a full size attic .

Foyer and true Craftsman staircase

This quintessential turn of the century 3 bedroom 1.25 bath home is close to BART and all the surrounding conveniences many of today’s buyers appreciate. Restaurants, extensive Farmer’s market,  shopping, cafés, theatres, schools and … more restaurants!

Kitchen leads straight out to the deck

The kitchen is open and sunny, and has a classic O’Keefe and Merritt stove.  An attractively designed deck, lawn area and planting beds offer space for outdoor entertaining and exercising your green thumb.

Yes, that’s a wisteria growing up  the garden staircase and up over the arbor!

Beautiful to look at and functionally updated, the foundation and roof were replaced within the last 10 years and a number of energy-efficient upgrades were installed, including two furnaces with separate upstairs and downstairs thermostats and a tankless water heater.

The next owners of this well-cared for home will enjoy some major pluses:

  • Wood floors, gorgeous paneling and built in details
  • Level garden and lawn, rear deck, vegetable boxes, auto-irrigation system
  • Eat in kitchen with garden access
  • Vintage O’Keefe and Merritt stove,
  • Miele dishwasher, lots of cupboards and access to back yard
  • Separate ¼ bath and laundry room,
  • Full attic, window seat and basement storage
  • New foundation, Roof, & Furnaces installed 2002–2003
  • Sewer lateral and RECO compliant

Mean time I’m going to enjoy showing this house!

Sit back and enjoy the light through the authentic windows

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3 bedroom, 1.5 bath craftsman in central Berkeley – Coming soon!

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Retreat driveway

Flowers on Tour!

Coming down the driveway from a very unusual mid-century estate in the Oakland Hills!
Great project for someone who wants to redo a fabulous retreat with bay views!

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