This bright and inviting two bedroom two bath Mediterranean home features a sunny enclosed front porch entry that opens onto a living room with hardwood floors, skylight and fireplace. Immediately adjacent through the arched opening is an airy dining room with bay window, and closet for storage. Cozy kitchen has new stone countertops and a separate breakfast room with built-ins, from which to bask in the full splendor of the afternoon sun.
A flexible floor plan affords privacy and versatility. The upper bedroom looks out onto the garden and patio, lush with plantings. The bathroom pops with colorful Provencal-style tilework. On the lower level, there is a spacious laundry room with interior access to a one-car garage. Also on this level, leading to the bedroom, is an area that has been utilized as a workspace. The bedroom has a wall of closets and an en-suite bathroom with steam shower. This level has direct access to the garden with its many mature specimens of deciduous plants, including a dogwood tree, fruit trees that birds adore, and rhododendron, rose & camelia bushes. A green paradise, private and serene, the outdoor area has been lovingly maintained and provides a retreat for reading and contemplation, as well as a perfect atmosphere for hosting BBQs and gatherings with friends and family.
Located in a very desirable part of Berkeley, the Westbrae area has a wonderful strip of local shops; the nearby Northbrae shopping intersection has some of the finest grocery stores in the region. A weekend gathering place for the neighborhood, Cedar Rose Park is a popular picnic and activity area, with nearby pickleball and tennis courts. Quick access to transportation ensures this area is an appealing place to call home.
Home to one of the most prestigious universities in the country, Berkeley offers the intellectual and cultural stimulation from its campus -- which is within walking distance of downtown. Many Berkeley neighborhoods were established in the 1920s, with quiet, tree-lined streets, brown-shingled homes, and lushly landscaped yards.
While a small community, there are many neighborhoods. This property is located in the Westbrae neighborhood with good walk scores and accessibilty to parks, Bart and San Francisco. Other known neighborhoods are Thousand Oaks, the original developers preserved ancient oak trees and left rock outcroppings intact. Also, Elmwood, with its thriving business district, remains one of the city’s most sought-after neighborhoods. In Claremont, the Claremont Hotel, a gleaming white Victorian-era landmark, has provided generations of Bay Area residents with a luxurious getaway.
Berkeley has long been at the forefront of culinary innovation. Locals flock to the original Peet’s Coffee & Tea location. For residents who like to savor their meals at home, small retail districts sprinkled throughout Berkeley allow them to shop like Europeans, going from store to store to purchase everything they need. Those in a hurry can always visit major grocery stores nearby.
Neighborhood green spaces abound throughout Berkeley, from small community gardens to the Berkeley Rose Garden -- which boasts more than 3,000 rose bushes. The gem of the area is 2,000-acre Tilden Regional Park, with its miles of biking and hiking trails and the naturally landscaped swimming hole at Lake Anza."