This inviting home, at 1519 Westview Drive in Berkeley, with its exterior view balconies and expansive glass doors and windows, is high above the city in the Claremont hills, and offers sweeping Bay area views of San Francisco, Oakland, The Golden Gate and Bay Bridge, and Marin. 

While above it all, it is close to all from the many amenities that make living in these hills unique--The University of California, the delightful shops and restaurants of nearby Elmwood, Claremont, Rockridge and Montclair neighborhoods.   It provides 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in approximately 2376 sf of living space.  

This can truly be called a sweeping view of the Bay area.  Facing directly west, it is sure to provide some stunning sunsets, as well as a daily presentation of marine activities that include colorful sailboat races, ferry boats, cruise ships, and the ever present container ships that ply the Bay.

Guests entering the home are immediately made aware of the drama of this open floor plan that provides a marvelous staircase that surrounds and enhances this space.  The rich golden wood color of the stairs is repeated in the soaring ceiling of the second floor, and the hardwood floors.  

The living room is placed in such a way that guests can gather around the distinctive fireplace seen here, and be wonderfully comfortable on cool Bay area winter evenings, or, on the many sunny days available, step outside while visiting or dining, to enjoy the expansive views available from the full length front porch.  However, no matter what the season or temperature, the Bay vistas are always there.  

 A slightly different perspective of the living room reveals its simplicity.  While featuring a handsome display case to the right of the fireplace, the space is straightforward enough to accommodate any decor or design that would be envisioned by homeowners. 

Just steps from the living area is this desirable dining room which can be used equally well for a formal dinner with multiple guests, or as a large buffet table for a more casual party where friends can move outside to the pleasant deck spaces.  

Within the dining room, the floor to ceiling windows add even more drama and charm to the dining experience, no matter what the time of day.   

Seen here is the outstanding view deck referred to above.  There is plentiful space for entertaining, and yet a private serenity is equally available, if desired.  

Just steps from the dining room is this gleaming white kitchen space that is sizeable enough to accommodate an eat in kitchen table and chairs, and literally walls of cabinets, display cabinets and storage space for dishes, glassware, and favorite cooking and serving pieces.  

The softly colored recessed lighting reveals the many amenities that are provided here.  They include a stone counter, a dishwasher, a built in double oven, and an electric range/cooktop.  

These flowing and captivating wooden steps lead to the upstairs level that provides even more engaging living spaces.  

At the top of the stairs is this voluminous living space that is as flexible in its use as imagination provides.  While it is ideal as a large family or sitting room, it could be converted into an office/ study or media room.  Its elegant open beam ceiling adds yet more distinction, and the personal view balcony offers a private retreat, if desired.

 This graceful passageway leads to the first of two bedrooms located on the top floor.  

This sizable master bedroom is oriented towards its own set of unique view windows, and the large glass fronted closets reflect and enhance the already subtle light that enters, creating a soothing and relaxing ambiance.  

Just off the bedroom above is this handsome and colorful bathroom that is generous in size and desirable features.  Included is a shower over a tub,  dual sinks, and plentiful counter and storage space.  A pleasant overhead skylight completes the scene.  

The second bedroom continues the theme of view windows, mirrored closet doors, and the subtle coloring and atmosphere that is both pleasing and engaging.

It would be difficult to conceive of a more dramatic and impressive home to call your own than this one.  The light and colors are ever changing with the hour and the seasons, presenting stunning panoramas to enjoy.  If this home is of interest to you, or another, I encourage you to call me promptly with your interest at (510) 517-6280.  It is being offered for sale for $1,550,000. 

(Listing Courtesy of Martha Hill of Compass Real Estate)

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