This stunning home library, with its floor to ceiling built in bookshelves, open beam ceilings, and glowing skylights, is just one of many rooms that have been updated and remodeled in this Berkeley Craftsman home located at 260 Panoramic Way.  

A pair of tall glass doors open to lush gardens that await special events, parties, or just the enjoyment of a quiet moment at sunset.  

Just steps away from the library is this impressive living space that is both dramatic in effect, yet welcoming and relaxing.   

The central fireplace, around which many a pleasant evening will be spent, is paired with a set of matching bookcases, and handsome wooden trim.  Overhead, the open beams are enhanced with soft lighting that adds both beauty and drama with its presence.

Stepping back to view the rest of the living and dining area, one can see the many features that make this home so effective as an especially appealing living space. 

To the left is the rest of the living room that opens out onto an extraordinary view deck.  To the right is a fanciful seating area with cushioned window seats that invite one to sit and view the panoramas below .

In the foreground is the dining table awaiting an evening's meal or a special luncheon or dinner party, as needed.    

This highly efficient kitchen is perfectly placed for meal preparation and meal service.  Filled floor to ceiling with a variety of storage and display space, it has been impressively updated with the inclusion of a gas range cooktop with built in grill, refrigerator, dishwasher, and topped with a cheerful overhead skylight.  

A spacious pass through window provides efficient and instant food service to the dining area when needed.  

Just outside the living area is this delightful and spacious porch that will enchant both residents and guests with the beauty below.  

Because this impressive home is high atop the Berkeley hills, the classical views of the Bay area are revealed below, and include Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay, and both the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges.  

To complete the panoramic sweep, the UC Berkeley Campus,  along with views of Marin, complete the this astounding visual offering.  

There are three bedrooms in the home.  The first, seen here, is the  pleasant primary bedroom that sits triumphantly on the top floor of the house.  It is especially pleasing with its partial Bay area view, and warm ambiance that is enhanced with the soft light from multiple skylights.  

The en suite bathroom, cozy reading corner and seating space, makes this a unique and very personal living space.  

This second lower level bedroom is quite large, with more than enough room for additional furniture to augment the current presentation.  It is en suite, and has a separate entrance for easy access.  

The third sun filled bedroom has soothing tree top views and adjacent bathroom.  

Located over the garage is this desirable and valued asset to the residence-a bonus studio space with a half bath

Returning back to the opening view of the outstanding library space in the home, one can begin  here on a delightful tour of the well established grounds and gardens just outside the pair of open doors.   

One of the advantages of having an older garden is the profusion of plants, trees and flowers that have had years to grow and establish themselves.  This garden has been carefully designed and cared for both now, and in the past.  

This view reveals the extent of the garden's size, and the imaginative set of stairs that lead through its beauty to the top deck seen below.  

This delightful deck is perfect for parties, special events and suntans.  It is just one more element that makes the home so outstanding among so many others nearby.  

If this gracious historic, yet contemporary, home is of interest to you, I encourage you to call me promptly regarding it at (510) 517-6280.  The residence is being offered for sale for $1,950,000.   

(Listing Courtesy of Faye Keogh and Laura C. Arechiga of The Grubb Company)

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