Charming Central Berkeley Traditional
$1,185,000 – Sale Pending
2337 Ward Street
Berkeley, Alameda County
First time on the market in more than 30 years, this charming traditional Berkeley house sits in a sought after neighborhood, on the edge of Elmwood, close to U.C. Berkeley campus, Whole Foods and Berkeley Bowl. Its charming curb appeal invites you back into a time when detailed craftsmanship was the standard. Beautiful double-hung windows and a pretty cut-out pattern on the top story window-boxes welcome you from the street. The exterior is clad with wood shingles on the upper level and wide clapboard on the lower. The covered corner porch frames a handsome wide door with an original door plate, welcoming one into the generous front hall. A Gingko and Fig tree sit on either side of the entrance, both currently budding. In the living room, dining room and hall, the recently refinished Oak floors have an inlaid border. Under the front windows in the living room is a built-in bench and above the fireplace is an elegant mantle and mirror, framed by more double hung windows on either side. Though never a wood-burning fireplace it could be turned into a gas fireplace again. The whole room is infused with light. In the dining room there is a wood-burning fireplace and built-in drawers and cabinets for dishware. Large windows on two sides keep this west facing space also filled with light. A swinging door takes you into a small kitchen alcove, common for its time. The alcove expands into a larger eat-in kitchen area with room for a breakfast or dining table. A laundry with an on demand water heater sits off the main kitchen and beyond that is a separate powder room. A shower and sink were added off the back porch some years ago. Small diamond shaped pane windows appear halfway up the stairs and stream light through the elegant stairway. The upstairs contains four bedrooms, a small deck, an office and a bathroom, all circulating off a very generous hall. The floors on this level are Douglas Fir, which have just been refinished to a buttery caramel. The high coved ceilings give an expansive sense of space and depth. Large windows all around light up the rooms. The rear west room leads out to a small deck, which looks onto a sweet backyard. In the backyard, a brick path guides you to a patio for al fresco dining. A shed in the backyard serves as storage or for hobbies. The long driveway allows for tandem parking for 2 or more cars. This spacious home with a wonderful traditional floor-plan, maintains its original integrity and awaits the next owner’s personal touch.