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Happy Making, House by House
Classic and elegant, this grand traditional built in 1912 is positioned high off the street in all her glory. While period details throughout have been beautifully preserved like the coffered ceilings and original leaded windows, the kitchen and bathrooms have been tastefully updated. Grand proportions and verdant outlooks grace the living area while an original fireplace anchors the space. A second fireplace in the dining room provides warmth and coziness for holiday gatherings or just a quiet night in. 4 spacious bedrooms including an airy primary suite and additional bath await on the 2nd level. Enjoy year round barbecues and Berkeley’s temperate climate in the inviting backyard with its’ sunny patios, a built-in grill and established plantings. Situated in Berkeley’s treasured Claremont neighborhood and mere blocks to the Berkeley Tennis Club, the historic Claremont Hotel & Club and Domingo Avenue’s famed La Fournee Bakery and Rick and Ann’s. Replete with basement providing ample storage, a walk-in kitchen pantry and wine cellar.
The Claremont neighborhood straddles the Berkeley and Oakland borders and features lush landscaping, curving streets that hug the canyon hills, and open space. Homes on the leafy side streets provide old-fashioned Berkeley elegance, with turn-of-the-century brown shingles, revivals, prairie-, custom contemporary-, and Tudor-styled structures offering residents a place to call home within the landscaped confines.
The landmark of this area is the majestic Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, a vast Victorian edifice perched on 22 acres in the hills. Three outdoor pools, 10 tennis courts, a full-service spa, a fitness club, and three onsite restaurants deliver stunning views, and the resort has become popular with generations of locals as a luxurious getaway.
Elmwood's shopping district on College Avenue in Berkeley offers old-fashioned shops, access to the Rockridge Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), grocery stores, bookshops, and flower stands. Restaurants, a movie theater, and a bakery are all a short walk away.
The Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve is 208 acres of open space managed by the East Bay Regional Park District and more than 200 acres outside of the canyon owned by the University of California, Berkeley. Garber Park, a 13-acre oak-and-bay-tree woodland south of Claremont Avenue, is owned by the city of Oakland. Trails reward ambitious hikers with panoramic views of San Francisco Bay.