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Classic Berkeley Home!
This classic Berkeley, Brown Shingle home exudes charm and warmth. It is located in the highly desirable North Berkeley neighborhood. It is two blocks to the North Berkeley BART station, one block to Totland and three blocks to Ohlone Park. Monterey Market, the Gourmet Ghetto and a Berkeley Public School bus pick-up location are conveniently close by. This wonderful, sunny home is set back from the street with a charming front porch, attractive front landscaping, a spacious, level-out, back garden and a side yard with a vegetable bed. There is a separate studio/office building with possible ADU potential. This home's many upgrades include remodeled bathrooms and Marvin windows. The 18 solar panels fully provide the current owner's electrical needs. The 2-car off-street parking is EV charger ready.
The main living level features:
- A charming living room with a wood stove on a stone platform and hardwood floors.
- A spacious dining room with hardwood floors and original built-ins.
- A primary bedroom with hardwood floors, a beautifully remodeled tiled bathroom, and a stall shower.
- A galley kitchen with plenty cabinetry, a double sink, Eco Home countertops, genuine linoleum flooring, a Bosch dishwasher, and a work area.
- A second bedroom off the kitchen which has wood flooring, wrap around windows and is multi-purpose.
- A second bathroom is also beautifully remodeled and has a stall shower. The T&G wood paneling is from reclaimed California Cypress, the flooring is genuine linoleum, the shower floor tile is made from recycled glass and the pocket door is made from recycled redwood.
- A laundry area with genuine linoleum flooring is conveniently located off the kitchen.
- A spacious primary bedroom with vaulted ceilings and hardwood floors.
- A fourth bedroom which has creative wall décor, hardwood floors and a partial bay view.
- A third beautifully remodeled bathroom which has a recycled material countertop, a shower over tub and extra storage cabinets.
- Access to a spacious attic, which is perfect for extra storage.
- There is a spacious structure with electricity (garage originally) which is currently used as a studio/workshop. Possible ADU conversion is worth exploring.
- The backyard and a side yard with recycled redwood decks are sunny and spacious. These are ideal spaces for entertaining, gardening and play.
- There is 2 car off-street parking which is EV charger ready.
- There are new recycled old-growth redwood grape stake fences.
- There are three extra storage spaces off of the back yard area.
- There is copper piping throughout the home.
- 18 solar panels provide all of the current owner’s electrical energy needs.
- There are newer Marvin windows throughout the home, many are Marvin Clad.
- See the lists for home improvements supplied by the seller in the property disclosure packet.
A Note From the Sellers!
What we’ve loved about living at 1635 California Street:
- Great, long term friendly neighbors with families that have grown up here
- Neighbors help each other with projects and keep an eye out for each other
- Yearly fireworks and ground hog day parties
- 1 block to BART, bus lines - no need to look for parking, the neighborhood has parking stickers for off-street parking (residents only)
- 6 blocks away: fresh fruits and vegetables at Monterey Market, local-catch fish market, pizza, coffee
- 10 blocks away: neighborhood grocery market, the Cheese Board, and restaurants from Chez Panisse to Barney's
- Neighborhood walks to see historic homes, and the rambling pedestrian and bicycle Ohlone trail runs through the neighborhood, parks, community gardens, and coffee places on its way from Strawberry Creek to El Cerrito Del Norte BART
- California Street is a former Trolley Car route, so it is wide and has generous bike lanes
- Highly ranked public elementary and middle schools within the neighborhood
- Multi-denominational churches and synagogues near by
- Pickle ball, tennis and outdoor yoga in nearby Cedar-Rose Park
- Dog park, soccer, basketball, and kid baseball diamond nearby in Ohlone park
Perched above the city and offering the best panoramic views in the entire Bay Area, North Berkeley Hills is an incredibly peaceful residential neighborhood, yet not far from the hustle and bustle of the city’s more urban areas. Homes in the neighborhood are built in a variety of styles and feature spacious patio decks, manicured lawns and lushly landscaped gardens.
Depending on where you live, North Berkeley Hills residents can enjoy views of the San Francisco and Oakland skylines, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and Mount Tamalpais. For even more great views plus a variety of great outdoor activities, residents can take a short trip to nearby Tilden Regional Park. Park amenities vary between free and paid activities. Free activities available at TIlden Park include a beautiful botanical garden, the Little Farm, and nearly 40 miles of scenic hiking trails. For a small fee, the public can also swim at Lake Anza, take a spin on the Merry-Go-Round, or enjoy a round of golf at Tilden Park Golf Course.
Some residents in the southern part of North Berkeley Hills are within walking distance of the thriving retail district on Solano Avenue. Featuring a wide variety of stores, shops, and plenty of great restaurants, including:
Safeway Community Markets: Located at the southwest corner of Solano and Fresno Avenues, this is a great place to check off everything on your grocery list.
Noor & Sons Rug Gallery: Find handcrafted Oriental Rugs for your home, as well as rug cleaning and repair services.
Peet’s Coffee: It all started in Berkeley, and this location is ideal for your morning cup of coffee before you begin your commute.
Additionally, foodies who love a variety of cuisines are just a short walk or drive away from the infamous Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood.
Despite its elevated location, North Berkeley Hills is extremely transit-friendly. The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District bus lines that serve the neighborhood drop residents at the Downtown Berkeley BART station for a quick commute to downtown San Francisco. Berkeley Hills residents who live near the western section of the neighborhood are less than one mile away from the heart of UC Berkeley, making it a great area for faculty and administrators to live.
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