$1,890,000 – Sold
2825 Buena Vista Way
In a coveted location in the North Berkeley hills, near U.C. Berkeley, you will find this exquisite and unique, romantic eight year old custom home, whose architecture blends perfectly into a neighborhood filled with exceptional houses, designed by architects such as Bernard Maybeck, Wm. Hayes, J.E. Dinwiddie and Robert Ratcliff. Quality construction with the extensive use of reclaimed materials continues a tradition of houses built to last. The style is a blend of modern with craftsman-like details. Like many of the surrounding houses, the house has an intimate relationship with nature as it gradually steps down the site. From almost every room, one can enjoy the changing panorama of the San Francisco Bay, from the soft morning light to the sparkling night vistas. The spectacular views encompass the Bay Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, Mt. Tamalpais and the neighborhood architecture. Entering the front gate, covered by a trellis dripping with purple Wisteria, one descends through a wide breezeway that spills onto a French terracotta-tiled courtyard, around which the house circulates. The courtyard is connected to the kitchen and living room area and functions as another room, particularly during the warm months when the doors can remain open. Dramatic interior spaces with large beautiful double-hung wood windows, integral color plaster, built-in redwood shelving and benches flow into each other. Intimate spaces connect seamlessly to the beautiful outdoor areas; the thoughtfully conceived side yard with moss-brick landing, the elegant expansive deck that sits above the lawn area, the sweet front cobblestone yard and the Romeo and Juliet balcony off the master that looks down on the central courtyard. The living room with its pitched vertical grain fir ceiling has a black Heath tiled EPA approved wood burning fireplace under an over-sized reclaimed old growth redwood mantle, redwood built-in shelves and maple floors (which was once a basketball court). French doors open to the courtyard on one side and on the other are large double-hung windows through which one looks out to the gorgeous views. Antique copper light fixtures hang above the dining room table and built-in redwood seating in an adjoining cozy bay invites one to pause and take in the view. The cook’s kitchen has a 60” commercial stove and hood, zinc counter-tops, Heath tile back-splash, dark chocolate limestone floors and an island with granite counter-top. The open floor-plan makes this space ideal for anyone who likes to cook and entertain. Looking onto the courtyard from the opposite side of the living room is one of the 4 bedrooms, which has a loft, hand stained concrete slab floors and double hung windows facing the courtyard and the Bay. Closets and shelving line the walls of the corridor that leads to the master bedroom, with its high pitched vertical grain fir ceilings, supported by old growth reclaimed structural beams. French doors lead out to a charming balcony edged with an antique Moroccan iron banister that faces the central courtyard. Views from this room are spectacular. The master bath has a skylight, claw-foot tub, separate shower and antique style double faucet sink. The floors are large smooth slabs of heavily veined chiaroscuro antique marble. In these stone floor areas, the radiant heat that warms the house is particularly soothing on the feet. Another bedroom on this level has French doors leading out to the front yard, built-in shelving and the same fir ceilings and large exposed supporting beams as the master bedroom. On the lower level an office or family room sits next to an enclosed large capacity washer and dryer. Beautiful maple floors, high ceilings and a whole bank of windows and French doors bring a soft natural light into this area. The French doors lead out to a spacious deck with views of the Bay and easy access to the lawn below. An elegant marble bathroom on this level is consistent with the 2 others. Even the carport with its recycled brick floor is aesthetically pleasing and sits next to the one car garage with a window that looks onto the courtyard. From the garage, barn type sliding doors exit onto the carport from where stairs lead down to the courtyard. Both upper and lower parts of the parcel front Buena Vista Way, as it snakes around the bend with the native live oaks guarding the lower part. This house has all the one-of-a-kind detail in houses from another era but with the benefits and conveniences of our modern and environmentally conscious time. There are several parks nearby, namely Glendale-La Loma, Codornices and the Rose Garden and it is minutes from Tilden Park and the amenities of “Gourmet Ghetto”.