This exceptional hilltop home located at 454 Vassar Avenue in Berkeley, is immediately warm and welcoming. The dramatically peaked open beam ceiling, with its many distinctive skylights and darker color, contrasts perfectly with the golden colored hardwood floors below.
The home is large, offering 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in a very generous 3522 sf of living apace.
A compelling brick fireplace, with side storage for wood and lighting, shares an extensive adjacent wall space with a floor to ceiling built in bookcase, display shelving, and generous storage space below.
A reverse perspective reveals the very inviting formal dining room to the far right, and the home office space to the top left with its panoramic view-to be seen below.
The size of the home allows an easy freedom of movement from one living space to another--perfect for entertaining. Residents and guests can easily move from one space to another for dining, relaxing, and sharing special events.
Two separate sets of floor to ceiling glass doors open to the outside view porch as seen here, and directly below.
As indicated above, just outside the glass doors of the home, there is a wooden view deck that is large enough to accommodate a long dining or serving table, and multiple seating configurations.
Directly below the home, and seen from the balcony, is this compelling Bay area panorama that is available year round, every hour of the day, and every season of the year.
Another of the home's pleasing offerings is this charming office space that looks out over the balcony and captures its own version of the Bay area scene.
Returning inside, one discovers this very engaging dining room with its elegant chandelier, and its perfectly placed location for hosting both formal and informal meals.
Just off the living room, it is also adjacent to a pair of French doors that open to a pleasant indoor seating area with scenes of the Bay area below.
Just steps away, is an outstanding kitchen that should please the most demanding of home chefs. It is warmly colored, well conceived, and generously sized.
Abundant supplement overhead lighting adds to the current ambiance that has been created by the use of the color choice for the many multi-level cabinets and shelving.
The far left side of the kitchen has a lengthy counter workspace-which is always welcome-and stainless steel appliances include a built-in range/oven, dishwasher and refrigerator.
Close by is this special breakfast room that is both charming and practical with all its available storage, and its cozy ambiance.
There are three levels in the home. This comfortable bedroom is located on the main level, and is paired with an en suite bathroom.
The upper level offers three distinctly different, but equally pleasant bedrooms. This space is especially unique in that it provides a Bay view that is spread out before it, and room for a personal desk that can be placed to take advantage of that special option.
A second bedroom is cozy, and perfect for a variety of options for its use. Other uses might include a study, another office, or a music room or playroom.
As would be expected, the home's primary bedroom is going to be exceptional. Offering a wall of view windows, hardwood floors, and plentiful floorspace, there are definitely many design opportunities available when creating one's personal space here.
Seen here are all the many remarkable elements of the primary en suite bathroom-all carefully considered, and well placed for the best use of the space.
An always welcome, and an engaging feature, is this inviting home sauna.
This lower level living unit reflects the extraordinary amount of useful and available space provided in the residence. This living room can easily accommodate a large sofa, multiple side chairs and side tables, and a large bookcase.
The nearby kitchen is both efficient and classic.
Close by is a bathroom, and this bedroom with a door access to the yard.
The backyard is surprising in its size, and has space for this cozy outside mini cabin which can be adapted to a variety of uses, depending on need.
An additional view of the yard illustrates its expanse of well established greenery, trees, gardens, and pathways. A workshop to the right awaits use.
In closing, these final three scenes reflect the size and distinctive appeal of this home. The yard, with its distinctive and dramatic solo tree is shown here, and is illustrative of the peace and serenity that this home can provide.
A sweeping bay view is yet another outstanding and highly desirable partner to the home's hillside grounds.
If you would like to return to this very special home every day, and make it your own, please call me with your interest at (510) 517-6280. The home is being offered for sale for $1,995,000.
(Listing Courtesy of Tracy Sichterman of Berkeley Hills Realty)
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