This handsome living room, with its dramatic overhead open beam peaked ceiling, and anchored by a large and welcoming fireplace, is one of the first of many outstanding living spaces that greet both guests and residents upon arrival.  

Located high in the hills above North Berkeley at 547 Grizzly Peak Boulevard, the home offers 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in an generous 2855 sf of living space.  

One of the most remarkable features of this house is the view through the far right wall of windows, seen above, that reveal a panoramic view of the Bay area below that includes both San Francisco, Oakland, SF Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

One of the joys of living in the Berkeley and East Bay hills is the availability of this spectacular scene 24 hours a day, every day of the year.  

Yet another perspective of the living room reveals the glowing daytime warmth that is created by the many large and well placed windows  around the entire space that invite in both the sun, and the soft colors of the exterior trees and garden.  

Additionally, as one tours the home, one becomes aware of the attention to detail, and the quality of construction, that is seen at every turn.  Generous supplemental and complimentary wooden trim is seen at door and window sites, and each room offers glowing hardwood floors, and richly colored walls.  

Just above the sunken living room, and perfectly located for entertaining, is this well conceived dining room.  The trio of windows on the far right wall reveal the quiet gentility of the outside gardens, and adds a charm to the living space.  

For those that truly enjoy entertaining, one could not find a more carefully designed space.  The counter along the far right wall becomes an entire serving platform for meals, with a potential location for a cocktail service, and an expansive buffet surface.    

This view, and the view above, depicts the extraordinary storage space that is available around the room.  Above, a glass topped cabinet has space for the display of favorite china and glassware, and the additional cabinet doors around the room offer an impressive capacity for a wide variety of serving pieces, silverware, and linen. 

Moving from the dining room towards the kitchen, one discovers this outstanding living space that combines all that makes living here a genuine pleasure.  Carrying through with a theme of gracious living,  this combination of these many desirable features offers a perfect melding of kitchen space, family room and breakfast nook.  

This perspective gives a perfect view of all that is available in the kitchen to the creative home chef.  A lengthy central island anchors the space, and serves multiple purposes for both food preparation and presentation.

The island has a built in gas range cooktop that is placed between two companion workspaces that can provide serving spaces when offering multiple buffet dishes, and it also act an useful location for a quick  breakfast or luncheon, or as a place to chat with the chef during meal preparation,.  

Updated  kitchen features include a double oven, a gas range, a dishwasher, a refrigerator, new countertops and a pantry. 

Off to the far right, is a delightful eat in kitchen spot that is ideally placed in the far corner of the room to take advantage of the multiple views of the engaging gardens seen on just the other side of room's wall of windows.   

For those that enjoy hosting parties and events, this room will certainly meet one's needs, and more.   

Especially worthy of note is the French door that opens to the outside patio, allowing a free flow of activity from one space to another.

Stepping through the open French doors to the outside patio, one is immediately aware of this spacious and well planned outdoor living site.  As can be seen here, and later below, the privacy and serenity of this spot is a perfect addition to an already desirable home.

While there are three bedrooms in the home on the second floor, the most notable one is certainly the primary bedroom, seen here.  This glowing living space is awash in light during the day, with views of the lush surrounding gardens available through a variety of window configurations.  

A reverse perspective illustrates the room's generous floorspace, and the door leading to the adjacent en suite bathroom 

Above are two views of the impressively updated primary bathroom.  The extraordinary conception of this space features a delightful Jacuzzi style tub, an expansive counter with dual sinks, a glass walk in shower, and bright overhead skylight.  Also available is a large walk in closet.

While not currently a bedroom, this outstanding view space that is currently being used as an office, could be converted to one, should the need or desire arise.  

A second of the three upstairs bedroom is especially delightful.  It has its own private balcony that opens out onto the garden, and the view below is outstanding, as can be seen below.  

This multi-level green expanse seen in the home's gardens is the result of years of long term growth of established trees and plants that offer a quiet solitude and serenity.  

If this truly exceptional indoor outdoor living experience is one that you would like to make your own, I would encourage you to call me promptly with your questions and interest regarding it.  

This handsome home is well located high in the Berkeley hills, and has been uniquely updated by Berkeley's Visionworks.  It is being offered for sale for $1,998,000.  Please call me at (510) 517-6280 regarding it.   

             (Listing Courtesy of Doris Dee of Red Oak Realty)

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