3+ BR, 3+ BA Berkeley Home for Sale: $1,950,000
Behind historic iron and brick gates sits one of Berkeley’s most gracious residential areas: Claremont Court. Fortunate enough to be just blocks from the shops and restaurants of College Avenue, the Berkeley Tennis Club, and the renowned Claremont Club and Spa, this exclusive enclave has welcomed the most discerning Bay Area residents since its inception in the early 1900s. Set in the very heart of Claremont Court is this grand 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom* Georgian residence.
The home opens with a formal center-hall entry graced by half a dozen hand-blown Murano wall sconces and original oak floors which flow throughout the home’s living areas and bedrooms. Also abundant in the home are soaring ceilings; crown molding and period finishes; French doors; and original built-ins.
On the main level, the spacious living room offers a tiled fireplace, original moldings, and picture railings as well as access to the largest of three gardens through sliding glass doors. The formal dining room boasts French doors. Also on this level is the lovely kitchen, with its marble center island and soapstone counters. Two butler’s pantries are joined by the re-enameled antique 6-burner Wolf range surrounded by custom tile work, a Jenn-Air refrigerator, a Fisher & Paykel 2-drawer dishwasher, custom soft-close cabinets, and gorgeous light fixtures. Adjacent to the kitchen is the relaxing sun room which overlooks the second garden and is surrounded by mature trees. Halfway up the wide oak main staircase is the windowed mezzanine level, perfect for a relaxing break with a good book or quiet conversation.
On the second floor, the master is separated from the other bedrooms by a large, open hallway. The master retreat has its own entry hall, high ceilings, and laundry room. A true escape, the suite has a second sun room in the trees as well as a newly remodeled bathroom with a claw-foot tub and subway-tiled stall shower. Two additional bedrooms are bright and airy with copious built-ins and treetop views to the Claremont Hotel. They are joined by an en-suite bathroom with a stall shower and a separate jetted tub as well as radiant-heat floors and Venetian plaster walls.
The lower level of the residence is accessible via an interior staircase and is ideal for an au pair or extended family. A sitting area, and a full bathroom with claw-foot tub join a spacious guest room; this level has its own laundry room with a washer and dryer as well. Additional abundant storage space on this level is perfect for a workshop, wine cellar, and more.
Attached to the home is a self-contained office with its own entrance, full bathroom, and air conditioning. The entire house has been updated for seismic safety; it has dual-zone central heat, an updated electrical system, and a tankless hot-water heater. A detached garage offers parking for 2 cars.
A place in coveted Claremont Court is a crowning achievement, and this elegant historic residence is a rare find. It sits in a park-like setting just a one-mile meander through peaceful manicured streets to UC Berkeley’s campus and a stone’s throw from the amenities the best neighborhoods of both Berkeley and Oakland have to offer.
• 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms*
• 2,695 sq. ft. per public records
• Foyer with Murano hand-blown wall sconces
• Formal living room
• Formal dining room
• Updated kitchen
• Master bedroom with updated master bathroom
• Separate office/guest room with full bathroom
• Bonus living space on lower level with sitting area, full bathroom, and guest room
• Large storage area in basement
• 2 laundry rooms with washers and dryers
• Attached office/guest room with full bathroom and separate entrance
• Detached 2-car garage
• Shops/restaurants of Domingo Aveneu less than 2 blocks away
• Claremont Club and Spa and Berkeley Tennis Club less than 3 blocks away
• Vibrant College Ave and Elmwood District nearby
* 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms per public records
Listed At: $1,950,000