2+ BED     1 BATH     OFFERED AT $989,000

First time offered for sale. Designed by recognized Architect David Baker - built in 1984. This home exemplifies peace and serenity. Efficiently designed, this residence embodies Zen tranquility with Swedish minimalist aesthetic. Completely updated/renovated in 2009, the finishes are both beautiful and functional. It features inspiring Bay views, a private setting in a prime location.

Well-built and impeccably maintained, this home is not only stunning architecturally, but is also a perfect blend of comfort and elegance. Located in beautiful Kensington, close to award-winning Kensington Hilltop school, shopping and two blocks from the TransBay Express and BART direct bus stop.  Kensington neighbors Berkeley and is a short distance to the University of California and San Francisco. A rare gem!


•   Enter through the Japanese style custom gate, to the hand selected stone path that leads to the front heart redwood landing, and through the handcrafted mahogany door. Everything about this home is thoughtfully
designed reflecting refinement and taste.

•    Two private bedrooms have nice proportions, one with custom built-ins. The principal bedroom has a customized walk-in closet.

•    One spacious bath with custom Carrara marble toped vanity, steam shower, porcelain tub and heated floors.

•    The kitchen is the perfect blend of warm wood cabinets, stone counters, stainless appliances, pantry and an open intelligent design.

•    The dining area is opposite the kitchen and affords intimate dining and space for a table that can extend for larger gatherings. Sliding doors lead to private view deck.

•   Living room has a vaulted ceiling and a cozy seating niche, gas fireplace and an open flexible design.

•   Rich quarter sawn oak floors throughout.

•   Adjacent to the living room is a personal Chashitsu (Tearoom), this space expresses a Japanese sensibility, a peaceful place where you can reflect, and feel a connection with nature and others all at the same time.

•   The dramatic two-story vaulted ceiling rises above the center of the home and stairs lead to loft office with built-in shelving and attic storage.

•   Parking pad for 2 cars and ample storage.

•   The garden is a rich tapestry of varied hues of green providing a peaceful natural backdrop that harmonizes with the elegant simplicity of the home’s architectural design.



Thanks to its proximity to the University of California, Berkeley campus, Kensington may boast the largest number of Nobel Prize winners of any community in the world. But one look at this neighborhood of large homes in the hilly streets above Berkeley, its commanding views of the Bay Area, and sunny terraced yards will explain why this community is one of the most sought after in the East Bay.
Famed architect Bernard Maybeck had a home on Purdue Street. The homes he designed here at the turn of last century have become an informal blueprint for the signature home in Berkeley. These well-proportioned homes are designed for family life and dinner parties. Shingle siding, rustic construction, and bright expansive vistas are the hallmark of the homes in Kensington.
Tilden Park provides the boundary to the east. Miles of biking and hiking trails, a miniature steam train, exhibition farm, merry go-round, and the naturally landscaped swimming hole at Lake Anza make Tilden a popular destination for families.
Transportation via Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is convenient. Heading on Colusa Avenue leads to the El Cerrito Plaza BART station and a short drive down Arlington Avenue takes you to North Berkeley BART and North Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood. There are two distinct shopping districts in Kensington.


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Ruth Frassetto

Realtor® AssociatePlatinum Circle AwardThe Grubb CompanyDRE# 00779030510.697.8606