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Enter a world of classic elegance and grace with this circa 1914 Berkeley residence. Restoration began in 2006; using award winning architects and builders; creating a distinctive, livable home that emphasizes the use of structure and materials, elegant detailing, spatial continuity and a perfect floor plan for today’s modern family.


  • Filled with graceful proportions, high ceilings and classical lines; the public rooms are rich in architectural details including high ceilings throughout and deep crown moldings. Elegant Entry Foyer with dramatic sweeping staircase.  
  • Living Room and Dining Room each with it’s own wood burning fireplace with custom drapes and Conrad shades.
  • Kitchen/Breakfast Room/Family Room has professional appliances and oversized windows with stunning vistas. 
  • European oak hardwood floors with hand-oiled finish in Entry, Living Room, Dining Room and Family Room. 


  • Generous upstairs landing and desirable floor plan; 4 bedrooms with 3  baths on one level. 
  • Master Suite includes large light-filled bedroom with his and her closets. Wood burning fireplace, custom Conrad shades and custom drapes.  Views of Oakland and San Francisco Bay from adjacent office.  Oversized Terrace with outlook to The Claremont Resort and the Berkeley and Oakland Hills.
  • Three additional large bedrooms and two baths complete this perfect family upper floor plan.


  • Game Room with recessed lighting, custom built-ins, including oversized computer desk.  Arts and Crafts room with large walk-in storage. Oversized custom pocket doors allowing a sixth bedroom suite, including large closet and designer bath with marble tile and Waterworks fixtures.
  • Architect designed Guest Suite with multi-curved windows, Conrad shades, custom drapes, walk-in closet and luxurious Carrera marble bath equipped with Waterworks fixtures.
  • Spacious Laundry Room with slate floors and multitude of storage, and built-in Mud Room equipped with cubbies and hooks for active family.


  • Extensive remodel in 2006 with the majority of work to develop 2,000 square feet of the Lower Level.  Work completed by Jarvis Architects and Steen Construction.  Architectural plans available upon request.
  • New electric wiring, upgraded 200-amp service panel with circuit breakers, all new copper plumbing, large capacity hot water heater, all new gas lines, and new insulation in all exposed walls, ceilings and floors.  Wiring completed for phone and cable, and Wi-Fi is available throughout the house.
  • 2006 - Substantially upgraded foundation and structural framing; including seismic retrofitting by James Pearl, Structural Engineer. 
  • 2006 - Steam heating system installed by LJ Kruse Plumbing in newly designated Utility Room.
  • Professionally designed and planted front and rear gardens by Joey Mota Landscape. Materials included mature trees, elaborate boxwood plantings, large lawn, low voltage lighting, irrigation systems, large slate patio and two front upper terraces above dual garages. Extensive drainage system installed to include french drains surrounding the house. 
  • 2007 - Fidelity Roof Company installed new slate roof and copper gutters and flashing. Front walls were refinished and re-stuccoed and Master Terrace was newly rebuilt with added drainage and slate flooring.

Documents and receipts for all work available upon request.

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Claremont Court

The Claremont neighborhood straddles both the Berkeley and Oakland borders. The landmark of this area is the majestic Claremont Hotel, a vast white wedding cake of a Victorian edifice perched on 22 acres in the hills. Two outdoor pools, ten tennis courts, a full-service spa, a completely equipped health club, and three onsite restaurants deliver stunning views and is popular with generations of locals as a luxurious getaway.
The Claremont district was originally developed as a “city in a garden,” and featured lush landscaping, curving streets that hug the canyon hills, and open space. Homes on the leafy side-streets here provide a sense of old fashioned Berkeley elegance, with turn-of-the-century brown shingles, revivals and prairie-style houses sited on landscaped yards bursting with flowers. 
Local shopping is centered on the Elmwood shopping district on nearby College Avenue. Old fashioned shops, friendly merchants, BART, the bank, grocery stores, bookshops, flower stands, cafes, restaurants, movies, the bakery, and the cleaners are all a short walk away. 
The canyon is preserved as open space, with 150 acres owned by the University of California and 200 acres managed by the East Bay Park District. Garber Park, a 13-acre oak and bay tree woodland south of Claremont Avenue, is owned by the city of Oakland. Hiking trails reward ambitious hikers with panoramic views of the bay.
The community is served by John Muir Elementary and Claremont Middle School, which feature an active PTA and a new administration dedicated to providing more opportunities for students including a digital media lab, music program, and community garden. 

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