This glowing living area is spacious, welcoming, and designed in such a way to take advantage of the expansive Bay area views below its desirable Berkeley hills location.  Located at the aptly named 1457 Olympus Avenue, it is perfectly placed to make use of all the amenities provided by North Berkeley shopping, the University of California, and the nearby Lawrence Hall Of Science.  For those who enjoy hiking and biking, it is directly below Tilden Regional Park and other nearby regional parks and preserves.

 It offers 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in approximately 2375 sf of living space.  Seen here is the upper floor that has been conceived  to create the maximum visual impact of the panorama below for both residents and guests.  One of its most impressive features is the dramatic vaulted ceiling with its exposed beams seen above this relaxing living and dining area.  

A reverse perspective reveals a dramatic floor to ceiling brick fireplace adjacent to a wall of greenhouse windows that frame the scene below, and create a cozy seating space just to the right of the door to the outside deck. 

Stepping out the door from the living room, guests and residents can settle down on a spacious view porch, and enjoy a pleasant luncheon or evening party while watching the sun set on San Francisco, and all before, as seen below.   

What a pleasure it would be to be able to experience this ever changing scene below-varying, as it will, with days of the year, and time of day.  

The gently curving Bay Bridge leads to this outstanding, and truly sweeping, view of San Francisco and San Francisco Bay.  


To the north and west, the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge stretches to Marin county, and the hills above.  

Returning indoors, visitors are greeted with this sun dappled sunken living space that is a flexible in use as one's imagination.  It could be a full living room, a solarium, or, as seen here, an office space.  

Directly above the office area, is a dining area located just off the kitchen.  This perspective reveals the charm of  the warm colors that are seen here through the combination of the golden colored hardwood with the similarly colored ceiling, and dark wooden beams above.  

An additional aspect of the dining area is its proximity to the charming kitchen, and its cleverly placed adjacent counter which doubles as as a buffet server. This counter effectively provides both storage and display space for favored dinner dishes and glassware, and a presentation space for special meals.

This cheerful kitchen makes use of every square foot of space to create an ideal workspace.  Everything is just steps away, but is is spacious enough to provides multiple walls of display and cabinet space at every level.  A large window over the sink, and the generous recessed lighting adds more glow to the already gleaming kitchen.  Amenities here include a tile counter, a gas range cooktop, and built in oven, and refrigerator.  

There are 4 bedrooms in the residence. Three will be shown here for your consideration.  The first, seen above in two separate views, reveals the large trio of view windows in the front, and the other to the side, all providing impressive scenery daily.  There is plentiful floor space with space for a choice of dressers, side chairs,  or perhaps a small desk or soft sofa under the window.  An expansive closet adds even more desirability.

A second bedroom furnishes a garden view and a comfortably sized living area, and continues the theme of softly colored hardwood flooring. 

Stepping down to the lower level, one discovers this delightful, and well thought out, in law unit.  Entry is provided from both the home and through a private entry, and it offers a cozy kitchen space and a generous living space, in addition to its own bathroom and bedroom.  

Just off the main room in the in law unit is this pleasant bedroom space and adjacent bathroom.  The door can be closed for privacy and quiet.  

Above and behind the home is this exceptional garden.  Well designed, with an eye to both beauty and practicality, it provides an opportunity for creative landscaping and recreational space, if desired,

 What a joy it would be to retreat to this eagle's aerie on a sunny afternoon, or warm evening.  So much work has already been done to make this an ideal spot for relaxation, but there is space for more plantings, if desired.  

 If this home, or another, has caught your interest and attention, I encourage you to call me promptly at (510) 517-6280 with your questions and comments.  The residence is being offered for sale for $1,349,000.  

(Listing Courtesy of Laura Arechiga of The Grubb Company)

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