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Located in the heart of the Elmwood close to UC Berkeley and the Berkeley Playhouse, this brown-shingle Craftsman has been extensively and tastefully remodeled. A fenced front garden leads to a generous front porch and multiple outdoor areas for play and entertaining. Enter into an open living and dining area that is flooded with light and graced with an elegant central gas fireplace for cozy family lounging or formal entertaining. The modern kitchen features a breakfast bar, newer stainless-steel appliances and granite/marble countertops. An adjoining laundry room and half-bath are conveniently located nearby. Freshly painted in a contemporary color scheme, the home evokes a warm and inviting feel. Upstairs, four efficiently layed out bedrooms share two bathrooms. The primary bedroom has ample closet space, vaulted ceilings and a built-in desk.
In the fenced back yard, the 1-car garage was converted to a studio with full bath as a work or guest area, plus space for extra storage. Conveniently located around the corner from shops, eateries, UC campus and access to nature and trails.
The much sought-after neighborhood of Elmwood has a rich architectural history. Early 20th-century houses, estates, and some of the more notable homes designed by prominent turn-of-the-century Bay Area architect Julia Morgan can be found in this neighborhood.
The local shopping district centered on the intersection of College and Ashby avenues is a bustling hive of activity, featuring an array of gourmet eateries, boutique shops, cafes, and restaurants. Residents of Elmwood also enjoy an easy walk to public transportation, a library, and parks. For an only-in-Elmwood, experience, visit Mrs. Dalloway's, a shop that combines a bookstore and garden supplies, or Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, a Berkeley city landmark that houses a three-screen cinema.
In terms of hyperlocal culture, Julia Morgan Theatre offers camps and classes as well as performances of music, dance, and theater throughout the year.
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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