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The 10 Most Expensive Homes for Sale in Berkeley

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  1. 1280 Grand View Drive, BERKELEY, CA 94705 $2,298,000

4 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms | 4,975 square feet

About a mile to your choice of the Claremont Club & Spa or the Highlands Country Club and within minutes to UC Berkeley and the shopping and dining of Montclair, Rockridge and the Elmwood district is this dramatic 4 BD/3++BA contemporary Mediterranean. A grand staircase connects four levels of entertaining, resting, working and daily living space where no expense was spared in the luxurious finishes at every turn. Natural light washes over much of the interior from French doors that open to a variety of flagstone terraces overlooking the expansive and picturesque property.

2. 178 Hillcrest Rd, BERKELEY, CA 94705    $2,200,000

4 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 2,642 square feet

Casual yet elegant living awaits you in this exceptional tradition nestled in the heart of the Claremont neighborhood. Enjoy the many fine architectural details such as arched doorways, windows, and built-ins. Greet your guests in the spacious living room with craftsman tiled fireplace and connecting sunroom. Enjoy festive gatherings in the light filled dining room with generous cabinets or share private meals in the cozy breakfast room. Unwind upstairs in the three large bedrooms with wonderful light and space. Explore the lower level with a large bedroom, bath ,home office and separate entrance. Enjoy the large rear decks for impromptu gatherings or relax in the huge rear yard with family and friends. Lovingly maintained for 32 years- it’s time to share the love.

3. 98 The Uplands, BERKELEY, CA 94705     $1,995,000

4 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 2,807 square feet

Rare Claremont home – 98 The Uplands showcases the grace and refinement of a bygone era. In the same family for over 50 years, this traditional 1908 brown shingle home features a grand viewing terrace and entry portico that opens to a generous foyer. A graceful staircase leads to three airy bedrooms, 1.5 baths, and a light-filled sunroom. Downstairs the spacious living room, formal dining room, kitchen with butler’s pantry, a fourth bedroom, and a full bath retain all the elegantly designed original details of the period. High ceilings and large picture windows throughout frame vistas of the hills and historic Claremont Hotel nearby.

4. 836 Spruce St, BERKELEY, CA 94707    $1,995,000

3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 3,642 square feet

Designed by noted architect W.H. Hooper this exceptional Spanish Mediterranean was built in an era where craftsmanship and materials mattered. Sited in the N. Berkeley Hills with floor to ceiling windows that showcase tremendous SF Bay views. Authentic period details at every arch, curve and corner, high ceilings, hand hewn Viga beams and one of a kind wrought iron work, all blended with masterful modern updates. The kitchen is replete with a Wolf range, a suite of high-end stainless appliances, marble counters and adjacent to the breakfast room housed in the rounded turret. A centerpiece sweeping spiral staircase accented with Spanish tiles leads to three bedrooms and two baths inclusive of a spectacular primary suite again with stunning views. The lower level has an expansive art studio/family room or flex space with recessed lighting and original rustic fir floors.

5. 1110 Parker ST, BERKELEY, CA 94702      $1,976,000

8 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms | 3,392 square feet

A beautiful house with a big back yard for future expansion! 2 units . Rare 6-bedrooms , 3-bathroom home with an additional 2 bedroom , 1 bathroom unit on the second floor with its own access in the back for rent or extended family . Gourmet chef’s kitchen featuring custom cabinetry ,quartz countertops , 6 burner gas range and stainless steel appliances. Large living room can be used as an office . The main unit features 3 big bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor . 3 bedrooms and one bathroom with a shower and double sap tub are on the second floor .Easy walk to the shops and restaurants and convenient to Ashby BART and other transportation options.

6. 1241 Grizzly Peak Blvd, BERKELEY, CA 94708   $1,935,000

5 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms | 3,764 square feet

Here even the trees step aside to let the epic Bay views take command. It is rare to have a grove of redwood and pine trees paired with views and such wonderful light. The house was designed by local architect Claude Stoller using simple lines to enhance its setting and embrace the views and natural landscape. Claude Stoller also utilized passive solar ingenuity. Recent design updates were sensitive to Stoller’s connection to nature. The entry was dressed elegantly by adding a feature wall of tree-motif wallpaper and a branching light fixture. The kitchen backsplash repeats the theme with a marble leaf mosaic and punch of pear yellow. The master bathroom was reimagined to evoke the zen quality of bamboo. The house is simple and yet grande.

7. 24 Eucalyptus Rd, BERKELEY, CA 94705     $1,850,000

4 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | 2,628 square feet

 

This charming, 4+ bedroom 2 bath, Mediterranean in the coveted Claremont neighborhood of Berkeley offers an easy floor plan with spacious living and dining rooms, kitchen with ample storage and adjoining cozy breakfast nook, big rumpus room on lower level and large rear deck with morning sun and expansive views of the Berkeley Hills. A few blocks to College Ave, coffee, shops and restaurants, the Claremont Hotel, Berkeley Tennis Club and Rockridge BART. Walkscore: 84.

8. 2700 Dana St, BERKELEY, CA 94705    $1,795,000

5 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 3,174 square feet

 

This grand 5 bedroom, 3 bath Edwardian home is an elegant neighborhood standout. Its stately exterior has a beautifully manicured yard & is situated on a fully fenced lot on an entire corner. The home was built in1902 w/luxurious interiors, high ceilings, classic craftsman woodwork & generously sized rooms. A handsome foyer flanked by a spacious living room with bay windows. The formal dining room, w/boxed beams, original built-ins and brick fireplace. A flex room that can be used as a 6th bedroom, family room or a library. Large kitchen w/plenty of cabinets & large countertop, a full bath and access to the back yard. Up the staircase to 5 additional bedrooms and 2 full baths off the hallway. At 3,149sf there’s room for everyone.        

9. 2330 Vine St, BERKELEY, CA 94708    $1,695,000

1 bedroom | 1 bathroom | 1,246 square feet

The Marston Studio, built as a dance and theatrical studio, and designed by Eldridge Theodore Ted Spencer is one of the most picturesque cottages in Berkeley. Its exquisite, dramatic architecture has been called Elizabethan, but it feels both medieval and California modern with its wall of intricately leaded glass windows overlooking the formal, enclosed garden/patio. The Great Room’s vaulted beams, loft for musicians and half-timbered plaster and wood ceiling is truly dramatic. Over the entrance to the dining room (a slightly raised stage crying for thespians) is a charming, stenciled gable end, lovingly created by Jennette Spencer. The bedroom features a raised fireplace, window seat framed by leaded glass windows, and other nooks and crannies. An elegant period bathroom was done in black, green and white tile.

10. 2706 Virginia St, BERKELEY, CA 94709 $1,650,000

4 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | 3,150 square feet

History, privacy and the magic of the natural world in the Ellen & Herbert Jenness House. This one-of-a-kind house was owned in the past by many noteworthy artists & academics, including the photographer, Dorothea Lange. Hidden from the street & at the end of a long gravel path, surrounded by majestic Oaks, Liquidambar, and flowering plants of every kind, you are transported to a time when being a few blocks from Campus was akin to living in the countryside. Massive wood beams, built-in details in every corner & a charming country kitchen with vintage stove formerly owned by Alice Waters. Numerous upgrades over the years including new foundation & roof. Close to the amenities of Gourmet Village, Codornices, the Rose Garden & Tilden.

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