This glowing Mediterranean style home sits in the Claremont Hills of Berkeley, at 769 Alvarado Road.  It represents the warmth and color of its architectural roots with richly colored gardens and outdoor patios designed to bring the "outside in" for your enjoyment.  

It offers 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms in a very spacious 2536 sf of living space.  

Further, it has one more stunning asset-a dramatic and sweeping Bay view :

One of the real delights of living in the Berkeley hills is this view.   Incorporating all of San Francisco, Berkeley, the Bay Bridge, and Bay waters, it is an ever changing delight of light and color.  

A deck, with both a view of the Bay and the adjacent rolling hills, runs along the side length of the home with the sole purpose of capturing this beauty.  

Guest are welcomed into the home through a wooden gate into this charming and private patio space.  To the front of this view is a sunny seating area where colorfully tiled stepped planters add contrast to the soothing ambiance.  

Entry into the gracious living room reveals a handsome central fireplace around which many a pleasant evening can be spent.  

The living area is generous in size, with a flexibility for a variety of potential design concepts that can be custom made for entertaining or relaxing.  A large view window is centered on the far wall, and is complimented by the window to the left, and the door to the right.  Each provides its own interpretation of the stunning hillside scenes just outside.  

Extra distinction is provided by the built in display bookcases on the far wall that are ideal for favorite books, art work or collectibles.  

Just off the living room is the dining room.   While it can easily function as a formal dining area when desired, it can just as easily function as a buffet table for parties where guests are invited to move freely in and out to the deck.   

This deck is the reverse view of the SF view deck seen above.  In all, this side of the home captures an astounding panorama of water, hillsides, and rolling hills.  

In addition to the upper deck, there is a lower seating level and garden for yet more outdoor living space.  

It is often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and this one does not disappoint.  It is at once charming and efficient.  Colorful built in window seats offer views not only of the outdoor scenery, but also a delightful place to sit and confer with the chef as meals are being prepared.  

This updated kitchen with its cheerful black and white floors and softly colored tile counters, is a very efficient workspace.  There is plenty of preparation space and storage space at every level which should please a busy chef.  Amenities include a gas range/cooktop and refrigerator.  

There are three bedrooms in the home.  Two will be shown for your consideration.  The first, seen here, is the spacious primary bedroom.  Its richly colored hardwood floors contrast handsomely with the off white walls and ceiling, and it offers multiple exterior views, the most impressive of which can be seen below. 

Just off the primary bedroom is this marvelous private balcony with is own distinctive views of the scenes below.  

This second bedroom is especially pleasing with its cheerful view of the gardens and greenery.   An extra benefit includes the placement of a unique built in bookcase.  This would be an ideal student room, and could be enhanced with soft window seat under either window.  

On the lower level of the residence, is this pleasant family room that furnishes an easy access to the lower garden area.  This room can be a site for casual relaxation, media events, or holiday parties.  

If this very distinctive home has caught your attention, I encourage you to call me promptly at (510) 517-6280.  Its location in the Berkeley hills and its proximity to the popular Elmwood and Rockridge shopping and dining, makes this an outstanding choice.   It is being offered for sale for $1,595,000.  

(Listing Courtesy of Colette Ford and Anja Plowright of The Grubb Co.)

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