Northern Clarity. Better than the best of both worlds, this is the best of all worlds—a lofty nest high in Berkeley’s Claremont Hills with enviable cityscape and Bay views, occupying a peerlessly spacious .75-acre lot allowing room for expansion. Custom designed by noted local architect Geoffrey Holton, known for his hyper-focus on eco-conscious design with palettes of natural materials, this stellar 4-bedroom, 3-bath masterpiece was built in 2004 to take full advantage of the magnificent vistas that inspired the original owners. Ever since, this outsized property, rare in this coveted area, has resided at the apex of Scandinavian-inspired modernist design, uniting its spectacular setting with an equally sophisticated interior profile. The nearly 3000 sq. ft. footprint masterfully balances natural materials, including gorgeous blonde wood and tile, with industrial-commercial accents including steel support girders, metallic finishes, and signature lighting pieces. The large parcel of land affords myriad opportunities for development and/or subdivision: possibilities include the addition of Babylonian-style sloped gardens or even a second home, studio, or ADU on the landing building pad. An ADU or a 2nd home is definitely possible further down the slope, where the previous home used to be at the cul-de-sac. The beauty of that is the entrance would be off of Alvarado Rd. Only minutes from all the culture, cuisine and community of Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco, this is truly the best place to call home.
Southern Hospitality. With the elegance of minimalism but never its haughty chill, this is a home intended to delight in the human experience and celebrate the bounties of nature. The front gate leads to the resort-style entry staircase which connects the main doorway, a grand entertainer’s deck with total privacy, and an extra studio/office with its own entrance. The clean-lined and airy ambience, featuring towers of floor-to-ceiling windows and vaulted open beam ceilings, unites indoor and outdoor living areas; the open concept great room with fireplace, dining area and dozens of dainty built-ins also enjoys incomparable sunset views from the attached deck. The showcase kitchen deftly couples a jaw-dropping one-piece wooden breakfast bar with professional appliances, including a Viking Pro range, and segues into the sunny nook with country cottage storage benches. Sequestered in a separate wing, the decadent primary suite has its own deck, walk-in closet, desk, jacuzzi tub, and glass shower--a true refuge. Along the way, a bonus room is tucked away, perfect for use as a den, secret getaway, or gym. Another wing houses a full guest suite plus laundry room, and the bottom floor has a sun-drenched media room with double-stacked windows that soar all the way to the mezzanine. No property better sums up the aesthetic of Berkeley life—smart, enlightened, and engaging. You belong here.