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3+ Bedroom l 2 Full Baths l ~2012 SF + + Spaces l Built: 1912
Berkeley 1912 Brown Shingle Craftsman on Corner Lot
Updated & Understated - Oozing Charm
Absolute Best Location - No Car Necessary
Surrounded by trees & flowering gardens, this true Berkeley style Craftsman home, with generous proportions, oversized windows, period charm and sweet garden views, sits on a corner lot in the heart of the Elmwood/Claremont neighborhood of Berkeley - just one block off College Avenue (in the pocket between the Claremont & College Avenue).
Well-maintained including designer updates, the floor plan is both functional & flexible. It has been graciously updated while retaining its hard-to-find historic vintage charm. Enter to show-stopping, gracious public living and dining room rooms on either side of the entry hall (with closet). The oversized, vaulted, and box-beamed ceiling in the living room is breathtaking, with fireplace, large windows on three walls, and built-in bench and bookcase. The dining room retains its buffet/built-ins which frame the windows. The lovely hardwood floors (with decorative old-world inlays) of these two entertainment-sized rooms were recently refinished.
While maintaining the character of the property, the eat-in kitchen has been updated with timeless, yet on-trend materials (new countertops, stainless steel sink and herringbone Carrara tile backsplash) and includes a vintage/collectible Merritt & Keefe gas-burner stove and new Bosch dishwasher. The kitchen opens to a back deck for convenient al fresco dining/entertainment. The main level includes two spacious bedrooms with decent sized walk-in closets and a great separation of space for privacy. A recently resurfaced bathroom on this level is located off the hall and includes a separate loo.
The upper level is land of opportunity! It opens into a sunny super-sized room with kitchenette and exterior exit on the south side. 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 storage closet has been used as a bedroom in the past, with a full-sized mattress comfortably fitting on the platform. It is perfect for an exercise room, zoom room or home office. The pass-through room to the bathroom could be used as another office, dressing room or your desired need and a large walk-in closet is adjacent. Lovely spaces with the tree-top vistas from the windows, the large room could be used as a den, an art studio, a spacious primary suite – or possibly an income unit (check with zoning/city planning). This space also appears to be easily configurable into multiple bedrooms if desired.
The home provides over 2,000 square feet plus bonus space (harvested from the attic space on the upper level).
And there is more! The laundry with utility sink is in the basement level with plenty of space for additional storage. The subarea of the home is partially visible, showing off the seismic retrofit and old-school, solid redwood framing. A lower level door and secondary stairway actually have "trap doors" accessed from the back deck to allow for easy access to the storage in the basement from the back deck.
A low maintenance lot is perfect for busy lifestyles. It provides fabulous livability with its perfectly located deck off the kitchen and mature, sweet landscaping surrounding the corner lot with garden seating area. The parking pad is ideally situated with electrical car station potential. There is also a shed for garden storage.
LOCATION One of Berkeley’s most coveted neighborhoods: on a low-traveled, quiet, and tree-lined street. It is truly an unbeatable location: two blocks to Elmwood shops while Claremont & Rockridge amenities are just a few blocks further -as is UC Berkeley. Local children gather for school yard play at Emerson Elementary, only three blocks away. You will find dog parents gathering with their pets daily at Willard Park, just a four block walk (where there is also a fenced toddler park).
With a 95 out of 100 WalkScore and 89 Bikescore: 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 2716 Stuart Street is 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. This property is flexible and would be a great home for all types of buyers!! Be prepared to fall in love!
Additional Showings by Appointment:
Contact Diana Yonkouski, Broker
(510) 368-1440 cellular
Small Town Feel - Urban Offerings
Homes on the leafy side streets provide old-fashioned Berkeley elegance, with turn-of-the-century brown shingles, revivals, prairie-, custom contemporary-, and Tudor-styled structures offering residents a place to call home within the landscaped confines. 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.
Elmwood's shopping district on College Avenue in Berkeley offers old-fashioned shops, access to the Rockridge neighborhood, including Rockridge Station - Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), grocery stores, bookshops, and flower stands. Restaurants, a movie theater, a bakery and the Zip Code "94705" Branch of the US Post Office are all a short stroll away. The local shopping district centered at 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.
Small town activities throughout the year in this coveted neighborhood! The Star Grocery pumpkin carving contest, held annually for many years is a fun way to get to know your neighbors (and express yourself!). Russell Street (between College Ave & Claremont Ave) is closed to traffic every year on Halloween (pre-COVID) where thousands are attracted in costume, visiting the many decorated houses.
The landmark of this area is the majestic Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, a vast Victorian edifice perched on 22 acres in the hills. Three outdoor pools, 10 tennis courts, a full-service spa, a fitness club, and three onsite restaurants deliver stunning views, and the resort has become popular with generations of locals as a luxurious getaway. As a 30+ year member of the Claremont Pool & Tennis Club, Diana Yonkouski, Bay Area Properties Broker, is happy to answer any questions and introduce you to the club and it's management.
The Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve, 208 acres of open space managed by the East Bay Regional Park District and more than 200 acres outside of the canyon owned by the University of California, Berkeley is close by for hiking, the trails reward ambitious hikers with panoramic San Francisco Bay views - special all day, but especially so for sunrise/sunset. Garber Park, a 13-acre oak-and-bay-tree woodland south of Claremont Avenue, is owned by the city of Oakland.
As with any university city, Berkeley residents benefit from the arts, sports, intellectual offerings and entertainment that the world renown campus of UC Berkeley brings to the community. The campus is beautiful, the surrounding streets lined with restaurants of all kinds. Embracing the arts, CAL campus has multiple theater & performance spaces: CAL Performances with world-class live, in-person music, dance, and theater productions held at Zellerbach Hall on the CAL campus or "the Greek Theatre" (William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre) - an 8500 seat outdoor ampitheater on the CAL Berkeley Campus which is perfect for taking in a concert. Off-campus, Berkeley is lucky to have multiple live regional theater offerings including the Tony award winning Berkeley Repertory Theater ("Berkeley Rep" to locals) and the Aurora Theater.
A Bicycle Plan was adopted by Berkeley City Council on May 2, 2017 with the purpose to make Berkeley a model bicycle-friendly city where bicycling is a safe, comfortable, and convenient form of transportation and recreation for people of all ages and abilities. 2716 Stuart Street is one short block away from one of the Berkeley Bicycle Map routes!
So much to offer! A great place to call home!