A rare opportunity to own a unique two-parcel estate in the North Berkeley hills, a serene park-like sanctuary with over a half-acre of usable space.
This elegant 5 bedroom, 3 bath classic Cape Cod home designed by renowned Berkeley architect Paul Hammarberg for Mr. and Mrs. Louis Stein affords the best of a Berkeley lifestyle and the ideal setting for indoor-outdoor living. The bright, newly remodeled kitchen features gourmet appliances (Subzero, Viking, Bosch), marble countertops, and all-new cabinetry. The large living room showcases a classic fireplace to warm gathered family and friends and a large picture window to view the beautiful tiered-stone, flora, and native oak landscape beyond. Look through other living room and dining room windows to several of the property’s majestic redwoods and Cerritos Creek, the small waterfalls of which can be heard from the kitchen during moderate rains. A huge picture window in the formal dining room brings the outside in, with a pastoral view of more cloistering redwoods and the creek.
The master suite includes a newly upgraded full bath and shower, new vanity, and custom cedar-lined closets. A sunny, second downstairs bedroom opens to the backyard through a new premium sliding glass door, providing more flowing access to the outdoor living and entertaining area. The third downstairs bedroom and remodeled bath afford convenient level-in living for the entire family and guests. Refinished wood floors are found throughout the home, with new and updated tile in the kitchen and baths.
Upstairs features a remodeled fourth bedroom – a cheerful, bucolic knotty pine escape complete with a Hunter ceiling fan and spacious hidden storage closets – and a third updated full bath. Turn at the top of the stairs to the entire north end of the house and be wowed: Beyond the home's reported square footage, two additional capacious rooms have been remodeled into a contemporary open floor plan retreat, with new lighting and Hunter ceiling fans, functioning for the current owner as a huge family and game room and an enormous additional private bedroom with two generous closets and additional cavernous hidden storage closets. Installation of a new on-demand water heater and central furnace and the ducting system was completed by local experts Hassler Heating and Air Conditioning in 2019.
Extraordinary storage exists throughout the house, with even more storage area in the large basement equipped with built-in cabinets and doubling as a wine cellar, and a caboose-sized outbuilding with tiered storage shelves. The roomy remodeled two-car garage features a Tesla charger, custom built-in storage cabinets, and a staircase to the full-size loft, providing even more storage.
Your family and guests will love accessing the stunning backyard deck and patio area and magical landscaped garden, stepping through the doorway featuring new glass-paneled French doors leading from the kitchen and mudroom onto the huge new high-end Trex deck designed by local landscape architect Sue Oda. The brick-walled cabana, recently reroofed, features a classic outdoor brick fireplace, making memorable evening gatherings a year-round reality. Round the cabana onto the terraced stone patios featuring built-in stone benches and a softly babbling Mediterranean fountain. Beautiful boulders and stonework abound throughout the irrigated gardens that include rose gardens, fruit trees, raised vegetable beds, and a separate fenced vegetable garden, with gated entrances from both Rugby and Vermont. Your family and friends will delight in the casual pleasures of playing bocce on the beautifully maintained oyster-shelled bocce court, and the arboreal views and magical sanctuary of the treehouse will enchant all who ascend, enhancing the full spectrum of your family’s lifestyle.
This beautiful and serene redwood and oaks sanctuary is uniquely situated on an expansive, wooded corner bounded by Cerritos Creek. The huge backyard, garden paths, outdoor “rooms,” and leisure features afford limitless potential for special gatherings. The estate includes parcels located on Rugby Avenue and Vermont Avenue in the vibrant, well-organized, and culturally rich Rugby-Vermont neighborhood, offering limitless potential for quality living and investment. A short walk to the shops and restaurants in upper Kensington Village and just minutes from Tilden Park, Indian Rock, John Hinkle Park, and the Berkeley Rose Garden, with convenient access to UC Berkeley, Solano Avenue, and BART, the estate is well-appointed and ready for year-round entertaining. The perfect setting to enjoy all the benefits of an upbeat city lifestyle from your own peaceful sanctuary set in nature. A private paradise! First time on the market in 23 years.