This very handsome classic brown shingle home has so many positive features-one of which is its appealing location.  It is located in Berkeley in the exceptional Claremont Court neighborhood at 2709 Claremont Boulevard. With its gracious curb appeal, and in demand traditional architecture, it is exceptional.  

As you tour this home, be sure to note all the premium  touches that make this home unique, and reflects the added thought that went into each room.  An example starts at the doorway.  The wide and welcoming front door is framed by a pair of partially mullioned windows, and the entryway beamed ceiling features a period designed lamp.  


Stepping inside the roomy entry hall, you are greeted with a beautiful and traditional staircase, imaginatively patterned hardwood floors, and immediate welcoming warmth.

This truly expansive living room highlights much of what this home has to offer.  Quality of workmanship and design is found at every turn.  One of the immediate first impressions has to come from dramatic box ceilings that reflects the level of investment found in the home's construction.  The expansive central fireplace is classic for the era, and features a huge surround, and a spacious mantel that could display special collectibles.


Other exceptional features include rich crown moulding, graceful wainscoting along the walls, and expansive door and window wooden trim.  

Also featured is a corner recess that is created by a set of box bay windows, and is perfect for a cup of tea or coffee among friends, or as a reading nook.  

Just off the living room is a dining room that is congenial and inviting, and continues the home's architectural concepts.  Expansive and engaging, it would be a welcome spot for a formal dinner when desired, but it could be equally casual, as is evidenced by the open door to the outside patio that would allow an indoor/outdoor luncheon or formal tea.  

The kitchen has be carefully updated to appeal to the most demanding of chefs.  It features desirable stainless steel appliances, a Wedgewood stove, and a natural stone counter.  A very cozy breakfast nook has been included just to add a bit more charm.

Don't miss the unique and pleasing contrast between the glowing light that flows in from the multiple windows and the attractive wooden floors.  Be sure to note the outstanding workspace, and the varied shelves and cabinets that are perfect for your special utensils and fine china.  

While there is another way to move to the upper level, this set of stairs just off the entryway has to be the most stunning.  With an imaginative and delightful window seat under multiple leaded glass windows, it has to be a favorite highlight in the home.

Below is a view of the very expansive master bedroom suite which, due to its size, offers a great deal of flexibility in its floorplan.  Included are two walk in closets to add to its appeal, and it is worth noting that it presents the same box window design as shown on the main floor, allowing for more imaginative use of the space.  

A second bedroom is shown here that is absolutely captivating in its charm.  Be sure to view the continuous use of desirable door, window and wall wooden trim as we tour the other rooms.  

This third bedroom shown below is especially unique.  Its exceedingly generous use of built in shelving, and an immediately adjacent bonus room, could make it an excellent choice for an office, library or study 

There is yet another imaginative room that could be available as a bedroom, family room or office/study.  In addition to the built in shelving and attractive ceiling design, it has an extra benefit to add to the mix--a delightful and sunny enclosed porch.  What an outstanding combination of practicality and fun.  

Turning to the exterior, the backyard features an engaging porch and patio combination that is perfect for enjoying the attractive back yard, with its long established shade trees and imaginative garden space.  The garage is worthy of note in that it has a bonus space that could be used in a variety of ways-from an art studio to a craft room.    

This very desirable home has 5 bedrooms and 3/12 baths in a very spacious 3431 sf of space.  It is located in a highly desirable area of Berkeley that is just moments from the University of California, The Claremont Hotel, and the appealing shops and restaurants of College Avenue.  Just over the hill is Highway 24 that leads easily to Orinda, Lafayette, and other Contra Costa cities.  Highway 13 connects nearby as well, with routes to downtown Oakland, Piedmont, and Montclair.  

The home is being offered for sale for $2,495,000.  Please call me with all your questions and interests regarding it, or others like it.  I would welcome working with you.  I can be reached at (510) 517-6280.

(Listing Courtesy of David Gunderman of Alain Pinel Realtors)

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