Sitting high atop the Berkeley hills is this commanding view home located at 1061 Sterling Avenue.   One of the many advantages of living in the San Francisco Bay Area, is the ability to secure a home such as this that provides both beauty and drama in its presentation. 

 Located in the North Cragmont area of Berkeley, it is just below Grizzly Peak Boulevard and the hiking and biking trails of Tilden Park, and just a short distance from the shops and restaurants of North Berkeley and the University of California.  It offers 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms in a spacious 2845 +/- sf of living space, and an inviting view deck that provides the spectacular views that are seen below.   

This sweeping panoramic bay view is available in whole or part in many rooms throughout the home, and as such, is a daily gift that changes in effect as the seasons and time of day change.  It encompasses everything from Marin and Mt. Tamalpais, to Berkeley, both the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, and San Francisco southwards.  

An open floor plan that is always in demand, is very much in evidence here.  The concept is to encourage guests and residents to move freely throughout the living areas, while enjoying a stunning and unique atmosphere where one room compliments the other. 

This exceptional living room is centered around a spectacular fireplace which can offer a warm welcome on cool Bay Area evenings.  The set of grand picture windows open the world outside to all inside by drawing in gleaming light during the day, and sparkling lights in the evening.  

A different perspective of the room reveals the generously sized floor space that is available for creative use of multiple design concepts.  To the far right, a set of French doors open onto a view deck.  

At the far end of the living room is a handsome and expansive built in bar that is perfect for entertaining year round.  Ideally placed, it is ideal for use while entertaining guests,  whether they are moving to the outside decks, the dining space, or the living room.  

Tucked into the corner to the right of the bar above, is this imaginative, and very useful, office niche with its own private garden and exterior views.   

Just over the divider wall from the bar is this gleaming dining room.  With ample room for a pleasant dinner party, it also has room for a generously sized buffet server if desired.  A unique feature is the graceful arch to the right, below which is a serving space for beverages made at the bar below.  

Seen from a different perspective, the two arched windows reveal the beautiful Bay Area vistas below--a perfect compliment to a perfect meal. 

Just off the dining room is this irresistible kitchen space that offers the fussiest of chefs a perfect working space.  Most notable is the generous preparation and work space around the room.  In the center is a counter that easily doubles as an eat in kitchen spot for casual lunches or breakfasts, as seen below.

   No matter what the time of day, the room glows in light due to the natural light through the expansive view windows, and the generous use of recessed overhead lighting.  Steps to the lower level family room are to the right.  

A reverse perspective illustrates the impressive collection storage drawers and cabinets available at every level for storage of favorite glassware, china, serving and cooking utensils.  Amenities included are a free standing range/oven, dishwasher and refrigerator.  

Just a few steps down from the kitchen is this spacious and versatile family room.  The far wall is highlighted with a large built in bookcase which is a useful as it is practical.   Drawers below provide generous space for favorite treasures, board games, media,  etc.. 

The spacious upper shelving is ideal for books, favorite collectibles, and art.  Straight ahead is a casual dining area that is a perfect base for a luncheon buffet for  guests, allowing them to move freely from the table to the stunning adjacent view balcony   

The left wall of the family room is virtually floor to ceiling windows, as is to be expected, with the distant views and greenery that compliment this side of the home.

There are three bedrooms in the home.  The first, seen here, is the primary bedroom- a relaxing light filled space that reflects gracious living.  It is a marvelous retreat, no matter what the time of day or season, but it comes into its own when the marvelous sliding glass door opens up to the dramatic balcony that appears to sit on top of the world below.  

What a stunning spot from which to enjoy a soothing moment in the sun, or reflect on the beauty below at sunset.  

The irresistible updated primary bathroom is close by, and illustrates the dedication to making this an outstanding asset to the home.  The impressive sink is placed in such a way that it engages the scenery below, and provides more than generous counter space .

The luxurious spa like atmosphere is further enhanced with the presence of this very generous glass enclosed steam shower and heated floors.  

The second bedroom, seen here, is  encircled in glass.  A double set of view windows is paired with a door that leads to the inviting view deck. 

The third bedroom, smaller than the other two, is still appealing and flexible in its use, and a window seat could fit perfectly under the larger of the two windows. 

This gracious balcony is both dramatic and comfortable, and most especially inviting year round for its unique hillside location.  

If this stunning treetop hillside home invites you, please call me with your questions and interest at (510) 517-6280.  It is being offered for sale for $2,399,000.  

(Listing Courtesy of Devang Parikh of Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty.)

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