2716 [email protected] Corner of Stuart & Cherry in the Elmwood
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loading one of Elmwood's most charming homes
3++Bedroom l 2 Full Baths l 2012 SF + Deck l Built: 1912
Corner Lot! Elmwood 1912 Brown Shingle Craftsman
Updated & Understated - Charming
Absolute Best Location - No Car Necessary
Off-Street Parking Pad NOW Restored
Surrounded by trees & flowering gardens, this charming, spacious property with flexible space and big house feel sits on a corner lot in the Elmwood/Claremont neighborhood of Berkeley just one block off College Avenue (in the pocket between the Claremont & College Avenue).
One of Berkeley’s coveted neighborhoods: on a low-traveled, quiet, tree-lined street, this 1912 Elmwood Brown Shingle has been graciously updated while retaining its hard-to-find historic vintage charm. The oversized, vaulted, and beamed ceiling living room is breathtaking, with fireplace, large windows on three walls, and built-in bench. The dining room retains its original wainscotting and buffet/built-ins that frame the windows. The lovely hardwood floors (with decorative old-world inlays) of these two entertainment-sized rooms were recently refinished.
Maintaining the character of the property, the eat-in kitchen has been updated with timeless yet on-trend materials and includes a vintage Merrit & Keefe gas-burner stove and new Bosch dishwasher. The main level includes two spacious bedrooms with descent sized closets (one a walk-in w/window) with a great separation of space for privacy. The recently refinished bathroom includes a separate loo.
The upper level is land of opportunity! It opens into a sunny super-sized room with kitchenette and exterior exit (likely, this used to be 2 bedrooms at one time, at another time, the whole upstairs likely was used as a separate unit). A plus room with large closet has been used as a bedroom in the past – currently staged as a yoga room. The bathroom includes a dressing area with large walk-in closet. Lovely spaces as-is with the tree-top vistas from the windows, but also has the potential to become a stunning primary suite – or income unit. This space appears to be easily configuable into multiple bedrooms if desired. It is definitely luxuriously sized now.
The efficient-sized low maintenance lot is rather perfect for busy lifestyles. It provides fabulous livability with its perfectly located deck off the kitchen and mature, sweet landscaping surrounding the corner lot. Ideal for a car-free lifestyle. The parking pad recently been restored! And we think the electrical hookup for the spa (which was removed many years ago) is still available should a buyer have an electrical car needing a charging station (confirm this with an electrician!).
The laundry with sink is found in the partial un-finished basement with separate sink and plenty of storage. The subarea of the home is visible, showing off the seismic retrofit and old-school redwood framing. The door and stairway which appears to be abandoned, actually has "trap doors" from the deck to allow for easily accessible storage in the basement (from the deck!).
Move-in ready! The wood floors have been refinished, the house painted in and out. Many updates throughout. The property has had seismic upgrading and is sewer lateral compliant.
Truly unbeatable location: two blocks to Elmwood shops while Claremont & Rockridge amenities are just a few blocks further -as is UC Berkeley.
With a 92 out of 100 WalkScore: daily errands do not require a car. College Avenue shops in the Elmwood are within two blocks, Claremont & Rockridge shopping districts are just a bit further. Also minutes away from the sprawling world renown UC Berkeley campus as well as hiking trails with stunning views of the Bay in Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve. Take advantage of multiple San Francisco commute options in any direction: Rockridge BART (Direct no-transfer line to SFO!), Casual Carpool & easy highway access. The Express Bus to SF picks up close by (AC Transit Line E @ Ashby & Claremont)! And it's located one block from one of the streets (Russell Street!) connecting Berkeley by bicycle: Berkeley Bike Routes!
Top rated schools and transit are all close by. Be prepared to fall in love! Transparently Priced - ready to sell.
The much sought-after neighborhood of Elmwood has a rich architectural history. Early 20th-century houses, estates, and some of the more notable homes designed by prominent turn-of-the-century Bay Area architect Julia Morgan can be found in this neighborhood. The local shopping district centered on the intersection of College and Ashby avenues is a bustling hive of activity, featuring an array of gourmet eateries, boutique shops, cafes, and restaurants. Residents of Elmwood also enjoy an easy walk to public transportation, a library, and parks. For an only-in-Elmwood, experience, visit Mrs. Dalloway's, a shop that combines a bookstore and garden supplies, or Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, a Berkeley city landmark that houses a three-screen cinema. In terms of hyperlocal culture, Julia Morgan Theatre offers camps and classes as well as performances of music, dance, and theater throughout the year.