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This one-of-a-kind architectural jewel was meticulously designed and built by celebrated Bay Area Architect, David Baker as his personal residence back in 1993. Coined “Revenge of the Stuccoids”, this unique dwelling was a true collaboration that brought together local artisans to inject each of their own artistry bringing life and personality to David Baker’s vision. A masterful mix of modern geometry and craftsman elements, this exquisite home boasts an imposing façade constructed from stucco, concrete and wood panels softened by wisteria-draped terraces in a lush nature-filled setting. Spectacular views of San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge and Mount Tamalpais can be enjoyed from multiple decks and throughout the home.
Built in contrast to the quintessential Berkeley bungalows and brown shingles we have come to expect within the Berkeley landscapes, this off-the-wall angular residence dares to stand out with its bold bright colors, fortress-like exterior and commanding presence. Gargantuan succulent gardens of prehistoric proportions compliment the majestic oak trees that frame the front landscaping. Not everything is hard-edged and serious however. Light-hearted, whimsical elements are abundant throughout the exterior and interiors including a tubular metal mailbox, found objects embedded into walls and stairwells, colorful mosaic-covered bathrooms, and humorous cabinet fixtures that will make you smile. It’s no wonder pedestrians, hikers, and students often stop to marvel at its beauty and ponder with curiosity of its interiors!
Inside, you’ll find impressive gallery-like open spaces with towering beamed ceilings, multiple skylights, and strategically placed spot lighting perfect for displaying artwork. The massive wood-burning fireplace and radiant-heated concrete floors create a warm and inviting great room for entertaining. The stunning gourmet kitchen features custom wood cabinetry of varying earth-toned patinas and mixed-medium counter tops with concrete, butcher block, and hand-laid mosaic tiles surfaces. High-end appliances dressed in striking copper and stainless steel include a subzero refrigerator and a six-burner gas stove centerpiece. The dining room off the living room is intimate and cozy and was once used by Baker as his home office and study.
Up the stairs you’ll discover several half levels which houses two wonderfully asymmetrical bedrooms each with walk-in closets and serene treetop vistas. Unexpected creative flourishes greet you in every corner including stairwells filled with quirky window cutouts and embedded seashell décor. The master bedroom is fittingly located at the uppermost level of the home with heavenly views of Berkeley and beyond. The hand-crafted armoire wall was specifically built to mirror the same geometrical distinctiveness of the home. An over-sized multi-car garage complete with an EV charging station is the cherry on top of this truly unique rock star residence of the Berkeley hills!
Located in the desirable Claremont/Elmwood neighborhood with great schools and within walking distance to U.C. Berkeley and College Avenue amenities, this idyllic and peaceful setting offers privacy yet close proximity to many restaurants, cafés, regional parks, hiking trails, outdoor activities, and daily life conveniences. Commute is a breeze with easy access to multiple bus lines and Downtown Berkeley BART just minutes away.
Home to one of the most prestigious universities in the country, Berkeley offers the intellectual and cultural stimulation from its campus -- which is within walking distance of downtown. Many Berkeley neighborhoods were established in the 1920s, with quiet, tree-lined streets, brown-shingled homes, and lushly landscaped yards. In Thousand Oaks, the original developers preserved ancient oak trees and left rock outcroppings intact. Elmwood, with its thriving business district, remains one of the city’s most sought-after neighborhoods. In Claremont, the Claremont Hotel, a gleaming white Victorian-era landmark, has provided generations of Bay Area residents with a luxurious getaway.
Berkeley has long been at the forefront of culinary innovation. Locals flock to the original Peet’s Coffee & Tea location. For residents who like to savor their meals at home, small retail districts sprinkled throughout Berkeley allow them to shop like Europeans, going from store to store to purchase everything they need. Those in a hurry can always visit major grocery stores nearby.
Neighborhood green spaces abound throughout Berkeley, from small community gardens to the Berkeley Rose Garden -- which boasts more than 3,000 rose bushes. The gem of the area is 2,000-acre Tilden Regional Park, with its miles of biking and hiking trails and the naturally landscaped swimming hole at Lake Anza.
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