1930’S BERKELEY HILLS
$1,527,500 – Sold
770 Hilldale Ave.
Built in 1934, this house has been in the same family for 38 years. Many upgrades and updates have been done over the years, including recessed lighting in the living and dining rooms, many other lighting upgrades and a remodeled kitchen in the 1980’s. Spacious and bright, it has beautiful hardwood floors, picturesque Bay views, coved ceilings in the living room, a garage with interior access and a good floor plan. There are 4++ bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and tons of storage on 3 levels.
the lowest level is a 1 bedroom in-law, with a bathroom, kitchenette, living room with fireplace and a separate entrance.
Just 3 steps up to the handsome front door, one steps into the hallway, from where the lovely arched doorways focus one’s glance to the gorgeous San Francisco Bay views. The beautiful basket-weave parquet floor pattern, with walnut in-lay stripes, defines the hall and the walnut in-lay continues into the living and dining rooms.
The black slate tile on the living room fireplace provides a simple and elegant contrast to the white mantle and walls. On the north side of the living room is a built-in full wall cabinet and shelves.
A bank of dining room windows on the south side of the house are dual pane and a custom Asian-built screen provides a unique and elegant window covering. The Asian theme is repeated in the main level bedroom.
There are 2 outdoor spaces on the main level, the deck off the living room and patio off the breakfast nook.
The spacious and bright kitchen, with a charming breakfast nook, was remodeled in the 1980’s, with an energy efficient refrigerator being added more recently. Sliding glass doors look out to a private front patio, somewhat protected from the elements and perfect for outdoor dining. All the windows and doors in the kitchen are dual pane, there is abundant storage and it gets soothing morning light. The floors are engineered oak, the range and oven are Kitchen Aid and the refrigerator GE. Numerous recessed lights and under-counter lights provide excellent lighting for the serious cook.
The main level bedroom was used by the owners as an office and has a wall of built-in shelves and drawers. The beautiful Asian custom-built screens on the windows provide privacy and interest and there are lovely Bay views through the large, tempered, dual pane picture window.
The beautiful oak floors have been refinished throughout the house.
The handsome tiles and fixtures in the main level bathroom and the one below it are probably original and are complimented by the tasteful contemporary sconces.
Another bathroom with a closet sits off the master bedroom and on the other side of the room is a generous walk-in closet. The master and other bedroom on this floor both have Bay views.
The views from the house are the Bay Bridge, San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge and the coastal mountains. The garden, with its wandering pathways, is terraced down and is accessed from the lower level and from the south side.
Close to Tilden Park, it is minutes from Monterey Market and the amenities of Solano Ave.