This striking Berkeley hillside home, nestled among an expansive forest of surrounding trees, is truly unique in its architecture and location.   It is fully landscaped front and rear, and is oriented in such a way that it provides dramatic SF Bay area views from virtually every window in the residence.  Located at 3541 Dwight Way, it offers 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom in approximately 1435 sf of living space.  

As indicated above, the home has been situated this unique location that provides a view of this stunning Bay area scenery every day of the year.   

This remarkable great hall complex was created to take complete advantage of its distinctive location to provide extraordinary views of both the hillside and the Bay area panoramas below. A lofty door to the patio encourages easy transition of guests from one location to another when entertaining.  

While sometimes rustic in appearance, the architectural design of the home could comfortably be called Mid-Century Modern.  Constructed in 1951, it reflects the characteristics of this concept--flat planes, large walls of glass, simplicity, open space, integration with nature, and impressive doors to the exterior.  The exceptional open beam ceiling adds more drama to the ambiance.  

As the view above reveals, the basic simplicity of the floor plan allows for multiple use of of the generous floorspace that is available.  The dining area was chosen for the left of the room, and the seating space is perfectly placed to the right side-seen here- for its view, and access to the exterior decks.  

Just off the living and dining area, is this pleasant kitchen that features a wall of windows that provides both light and charm to the room.  Directly below is the expanse of the University of California campus.  

Amenities here include a electric range cooktop, a refrigerator, a pantry, and a cheerful black and white floor design. 

 Just off the kitchen is this intriguing hallway that leads to the rear of the home.  There is a fascinating interplay of colors from the white walls, richly colored overhead beams and wooden doors, tile floor, and exterior sunlight.  

The first bedroom continues the theme of gentle sunlight and white walls contrasting with the warm supplementary colors of the overhead wooden beams and reddish tile floors.  

The second bedroom is equally attractive with the same design elements.  Rather than being used as a bedroom, it is being used as an office/den.

 The bathroom offers a very spacious walk in shower, an expansive over the counter mirror, and comfortably sized counter/sink space.  

There is, on the grounds of the home, this fascinating unpermitted cottage, which has been reported to have been used as both a writer's retreat, and guest room.  

There are outdoor seating areas around the exterior of the home.   Seen here, and in the opening view above, this location provides a quiet retreat among the surrounding tree filled grounds. 

This patio space is just off the living/dining hall, and is a perfect space for an afternoon luncheon, or casual meal while enjoying its soothing ambiance.  

A reverse view from above reveals why this home is such an impressive choice as both a residence, and a unique get-away location at the end of the day.

If this home is of interest to you, I encourage you to call me promptly at (510) 517-6280.  It is truly a exceptional and dramatic place to make your own.  It is being offered for sale for $969,000.

(Listing Courtesy of Mary Canavan of The Grubb Company)



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