This notable, and immediately engaging home is located at 955 Mendocino Avenue in North Berkeley.  With its distinctive mansard style roof, and gently curved exterior walls, it is a very special residence.  

It offers 4 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms in a spacious 2543 sf of living space.  

An additional appeal is its location in the Berkeley Hills.  Not far from  Tilden Regional Park, with all its hiking and biking trails, the house is just two blocks from Solano Avenue and all the many popular shops and restaurants found there, while nearby is Berkeley's famous Gourmet Ghetto. 

The home's portico, with its matching classical side columns, adds a special appeal to the front entry.  

Just inside, guests are welcomed into this handsome living room that is anchored by a classical Craftsman Arts and Craft fireplace that awaits quiet evenings in the cooler East Bay hills, or a time with friends, when its warmth can be fully enjoyed. 

To its right is cozy bench seating, and the far wall easily accommodates a large glass fronted bookcase. The richly colored hardwood floors compliment the white walls and ceiling.   

Of special note when viewing this entire home, is the quality of construction that is seen in virtually every room as one tours.  Every door and window has additional supportive and decorative wood moulding around each, as do the entryways to all the rooms in the home. 

The dining room has extensive wainscoting to add to its charm, and the home's ceilings display a variety of crown molding or distinctive trim.  

French doors open to welcome guests to this gleaming dining room that is lit from the exterior by a trio of tall multi-paned windows.  

A wall to wall built in buffet/sideboard commands the far wall of the room.  Ideally suited for both storage of favorite china, glassware, serving pieces, linen and napkins, it easily represents a perfect choice for entertaining.  Service of food is easily accomplished when needed.  

The three paneled bay window above captures the beauty of the exterior greenery .  

Just off the dining room is this charming eat in kitchen niche complete with matching benches, a drop down table, and view windows.  

Also just steps away from the kitchen niche is this gleaming updated kitchen that offers a very pleasing array of amenities, the most impressive of which is the extensive stone countertop workspace. 

The central island provides a gas range/cooktop with an oven below, and nearby are a built in dishwasher and refrigerator.  

A different view reveals the generous storage available, and the counter at the end of the kitchen, seen here, doubles as both a preparation space and an eat in kitchen site.  

Just off this kitchen, and perfectly placed, is this very pleasant family room.  Its proximity to the kitchen allows ease of food service for parties and events, and the wide open door space to the home's patio encourages easy movement from one space to another during when hosting events. 

A reverse point of view reveals the chairs and counter combination for the eat in kitchen.  This combination can easily function as seating space, or as a serving site for a buffet or bar.  

Just outside, this inviting private patio awaits a pleasant afternoon luncheon or event.  The yard is fully fenced, and surrounded by well established grounds that offer plants and fruit trees

The home's bathroom is well placed on the main floor, and features a marvelous clawfoot bathtub, wide counter space, a toilet, generous storage space, and artisan tile.  There is a half bath upstairs off the primary bedroom as well.  

The second floor has three delightful bedrooms, and the first, seen here, is cheerful, sunlit, and opens to directly onto a personal balcony that overlooks the rear yard.  

A reverse view of the room reveals its size, and handsome view windows. 

The primary bedroom is especially expansive, and is enhanced with the presence of three floor to ceiling view windows.  It has an adjacent half bath.  

The third upstairs bedroom is equally large, and easily accommodates dual twin beds with excellent supplemental floor space for additional furniture, or another chest of drawers.  

An outstanding feature of the upper floors is this large, window filled sunroom.  It is one of the amenities that is often included in quality designed homes of this era to provide a warm and inviting place to relax, or to be used as a family room. 

Be sure to view the floor map at the end of this presentation to see how these many fine features of this residence are so artfully coordinated. 

An exterior rear view reveals the sunlit covered balcony mentioned above, the fenced side yard, and the path to a delightful outdoor rear cottage that replicates the design of the main home.  

This very charming rear cottage provides one numerous opportunities for its use.  Just steps away from the rear patio shown above, it has a pair of glass fronted doors that open to invite one in.  

As seen here, the space is being used as a living room/office with a desk at the rear, but other options could include a full sized office, an arts and craft room, music or play room.  

This very engaging home offers so many pleasant and useful living spaces that make it highly desirable.  For that reason, I encourage you to  call me promptly with your questions and interest regarding it at (510) 517-6280.  It is being offered for sale for $1,795,000.  

(Listing Courtesy of Aaron Brown of KW Advisors East Bay)

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