934 Arlington Ave.
5 BR, 3.5 BA Berkeley Home for Sale 3,063 Sq. Ft.
Thousand Oaks Heights Treasure
Address: 934 Arlington Avenue
Bedrooms: 5 BR
Bathrooms: 3.5 BA
Square Feet: 3,063
Sold On: 07-Dec-2017
Nestled at the foot of the North Berkeley hills, this elegant 5 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom vintage home is situated in the heart of Berkeley’s sought-after Thousand Oaks, a stately neighborhood steeped in the city’s storied and colorful history. Just a short way down the Indian Rock Path to the renowned shopping and dining on Solano Avenue, the property is conveniently located close to Berkeley’s famed Gourmet Ghetto, the North Berkeley Library, and the Kensington Farmer’s Market and a short drive to the UC Berkeley campus and North Berkeley BART.
Built in 1919, the house offers panoramic views of San Francisco, the Bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge, and includes formal living and dining rooms; five bedrooms; three full bathrooms; a powder room; a chef’s kitchen; two sun parlors; a finished basement with bonus rooms; and an attached workshop.
The home’s wonderful curb appeal pays homage to the clean, symmetrical lines of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie architecture but also shares design features favored by the Arts and Crafts movement that was so prevalent in California at that time. A long driveway assures plenty of off-street parking, and a beautiful front garden is protected by a brick wall and vintage wrought-iron gate that shields it from the street.
Inside, a wide formal entry welcomes you to the house and offers a preview of the large, beautifully finished rooms that make this home so special. The foyer ends at the spacious living room that was designed for entertaining and features an elegant golden oak floor and traditional crown moulding on the windows and doors. A large picture window provides views of the sculptural California oaks in the expansive backyard and beyond. A fireplace with a raised hearth and limestone surround offers another vintage detail, as does the nine-foot tray ceiling that contributes to the grandeur of this impressive room.
A handsome sun parlor is adjacent to the living room, accessed by a wide open doorway. The room is embellished with a tray ceiling, crown moulding, and classic mahogany on the many window mullions and muntins. The golden oak floor was laid with an oak border, and sunlight pours in through windows on three walls. The large formal dining room is stately without being imposing. The room showcases a beautiful built-in mahogany Arts and Crafts hutch, oak floors, and a tray ceiling. Sliding doors give access to the rear deck, making indoor/outdoor entertaining a breeze.
Although period detailing is found in the kitchen with its Douglas fir floor and art glass backdoor, the room is designed to be a highly functioning kitchen. No expense has been spared on the professional-grade stainless steel appliances that include a BlueStar double-oven gas range and a built-in Miele coffee machine and Miele speed oven. The kitchen includes a casual dining area that is flooded with sunlight and large enough for family meals.
A bedroom is also located on this floor, situated to the left of the front door. This room has direct access to the powder room, ideal for a guest room, library, or office.
A traditional staircase ascends to the second floor and three of the home’s bedrooms, including the master bedroom suite. An updated bathroom at the top of the stairs is next to a large hallway linen closet and includes a cast-iron soaking tub, a tiled stall shower, a hex-tile floor, and a white vanity with a Carrara marble top.
The impressive master suite offers spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, and the San Francisco Bay. French doors open to a wonderful sun porch that was most likely originally used for a nursery or study, now a versatile space that can be turned into a fabulous closet, dressing room, or home office. The en-suite spa-like bathroom utilizes spectacular rose-colored marble tiles for the floor and shower stall and as a striking base for the dual sinks.
Two other large bedrooms are situated on this floor, and each offers beautiful original details that include a golden oak floor; a closet airing window; crown moulding window and door trim; and picture rails. One bedroom faces the front garden, and the other has beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge over a virtual sea of California oak and other ancient trees.
A special feature of this home is the heated finished basement that includes a full bathroom and two bonus rooms, easily large enough for a playroom or gathering space. A back door provides direct access to the beautiful, expansive backyard. Washer/dryer hookups, an attached workshop/storage room (formerly the garage), and abundant driveway parking completes the home.
Nearly one hundred years old, this spacious, elegant house is reminiscent of a less harried, more ordered time. This truly special home emanates sophistication and tranquility, and will undoubtedly provide a cherished home for the fortunate new owner for decades to come.
• 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms
• Built in 1919
• 3,063 sq. ft. of living space on 7,425 sq. ft. (per public records)
• Panoramic San Francisco, Bay, and Golden Gate Bridge views
• 9-foot ceilings
• Formal entrance hall
• Formal living room with fireplace and adjacent sun parlor
• Formal dining room
• Eat-in kitchen with professional appliances
• Master suite with sun parlor
• Period details include original door and window casements; vintage hardwood floors; mahogany trim in formal rooms; picture rails; tray ceilings; crown moulding
• Finished basement with bonus rooms
• Washer/dryer hookups
• Expansive deck for entertaining
• Large backyard with storage shed
• Attached workroom
• Close to Solano Avenue, Gourmet Ghetto
• Easy access to BART, UC Berkeley