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Serene, Pristine & Green
The invisible hands of nature join with the very real hands of talented artisans to craft this home of uncompromising beauty with a deep connection to its environment. Begin your experience in this perfectly serene setting; from the quiet street in an ideal location to the creekside sanctuary, embraced by the boughs of the Live Oak trees for which the neighborhood is known. The front yard echoes nature’s repose with meandering river rock and drought-resistant perennials anchored by a walkway of Ann Sacks’s refurbished French terracotta stable tiles. Deft Intentionality continues as garden gates interplay with shadow and light and are elevated to fine sculptural by artist Eric Powell. The theme of tranquility is further evoked with glass panels, flanking the cherry front door, etched with a bamboo motif by Dorothy Lenehan from Architectural Glass. Inside a warm and soothing color pallet and Sue Johnson light fixtures soothe the workday away.
Expertly modernized and equipped to the height of luxury, this pristine home was originally built in 1925 and extensively renovated in 1999 - 2000. The permitted remodel lifted the house, installing a modern foundation with a french drain system and added functionality to the attic and lower level. The work included new electrical, plumbing, kitchen, bathrooms, plaster inside, and new external stucco.
The kitchen offers state-of-the-art appliances from Wolf, Subzero, and Asco. Concrete counters, a slate backsplash, and cherry cabinets ground the space in natural materials. Light refinished oak floors throughout the first floor feel warm to bare toes. The living room's original fireplace was restored and a gas starter added. The spa-like primary bath boasts an enormous jetted tub and heated marble tiled floors.
The lower level’s additional space hosts a second bath; a laundry area featuring a Miele washer and dryer and built-in cupboards that include an ironing cabinet. A climate-controlled wine cellar keeps 340 bottles of your favorite vintage at a consistent 55 degrees. The rest of the space is well-suited for an office or impromptu extra guest space.
The upstairs attic room is studded with brilliant skylights and flanked with built-in shelving. The shelves are great for children’s toys, an avid reader, or to house an amazing designer shoe collection. An antique fan adds character to the ceiling and helps keep the space cool in the summer.
In the back, the converted garage offers more room for artful living. Man cave, she shed, or they hide-away? Whatever your pronouns, the flexible space is made comfortable with insulation, sound wiring, and flooring. Even the yard is fully equipped with a lovely stone bench, grill area with a granite work surface, and a well-appointed roof deck overlooking the creek.
This house takes care of you like none other. Health-friendly improvements change the very air you breath and the water you drink, cook and bathe in. Replete with a whole house water filtration system and gentle, allergy-friendly radiant heat, there really is no place like home. Good for you, and good for the planet, this property scored a perfect ten on BESO's Home Energy Assessment. Green features abound from LED lighting, Energy Star appliances, tankless water heater, upgraded insulation, and dual pane Anderson windows. Twenty-one solar panels mean you don’t even need to stress about the electric bill. Feel your shoulders drop and diaphragm soften, this is the ultimate house of aaaaaahhhhh.
"Tucked in between the Berkeley Hills, Kensington, and the vibrant Solano Avenue shopping district, Berkeley’s Thousand Oaks neighborhood is a family-friendly enclave that boasts a great suburban feel close to the big city.
Natural rock outcroppings are a notable feature of this neighborhood, with many such formations incorporated into backyards, driveways, and even interior home design. The original developers in Thousand Oaks were sensitive to the natural landscape and laid out the streets to follow the gently curving topography. Ancient oaks were preserved, and the largest rock was donated by the developer and turned into a public park. Today, Great Stone Face Park in the hills is still popular with rock climbers practicing their skills.
Public transportation in Thousand Oaks is great. Several Alameda-Contra Costa Transit transbay buses whisk commuters from Solano Avenue to San Francisco. Residents in Thousand Oaks have two BART stations to choose from: both the El Cerrito Plaza and North Berkeley BART stations are just a few miles away.
Large yards, safe streets, and a quiet vibe make Thousand Oaks popular with families."