$1,751,000 – Sold
2708 Virginia St
Berkeley, Alameda County
First time on the market in 106 years, this charming, spacious and secluded home began as a small brown shingle cottage in 1911. Built by designer-builder Carl Ericsson it was expanded in 1921 and 1929 by renowned architect John Hudson Thomas who was the brother of the 2nd owner Nora Bray. The upstairs front bedroom was added later. It is called the Ericsson-Bray house.
It has many features seen in Craftsman houses, such as an unusually wide welcoming front door, Redwood board and batten walls, box beam ceilings, high baseboards, a brick fireplace and tile hearth. Many of the massive beams are decoratively notched and there are numerous Redwood alcoves framed by arches that lend a sense of mystery. The floor to ceiling windows flood the home with light and create a connection to the beautiful vegetation and lovely Bay views.
The house has multiple common areas on the main floor, connected yet separate. Box beam ceilings continue from the living and dining rooms into the kitchen. The living room circulates around the large fireplace hearth with clinker bricks and a solid Redwood mantle. The conservatory connects to the dining room and is surrounded by windows and Bay views. The unusual use of vertical-scratch plaster on the interior and large Flagstone floors, gives the space an additional connection to nature and leads out to the storybook garden. To the West, is the piano vestibule, with narrow long windows on either side facing the view but allowing wall space for the instrument. The elegant library with Romeo & Juliet French balcony doors facing the street, is a perfect home office or family room. The vintage kitchen is spacious with gorgeous beveled glass windows looking out to the greenery facing East.
Also, on the main level, facing the street, is a bedroom with vintage wallpaper trim and a half bath.
Upstairs there are 3 spacious bedrooms and one bathroom. A carved wood, high gabled room with various charming built-ins: desk, twin bed and ladder leading to an attic storage space, bring to mind an English turn of the century cottage.
The lower basement level has a bedroom, bathroom and laundry and connects to the garden on the south and to the garage on the north. Also at the basement level are several undeveloped storage spaces.
With a High “Walk Score”, close to the UC campus and Northside, with views of the Campanile, San Francisco, the Bay bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge and Mount Tamalpais. This unique, historic home is warm and inviting and ready for a new owner’s upgrades.