Located in the Northbrae area of Berkeley at 1215 Colusa Avenue, is this truly delightful English Tudor style home that offers both charm and style to its residents.   Classic in its architecture, it brings a piece of historic England to the Berkeley foothills, and a bit of imagination as well. 

With 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms it is comfortably sized with 1488 sf of living space.  Despite the location's rural ambiance, it is especially well located just moments from popular Monterey Market, and all the shops and pleasant restaurants on nearby Solano Avenue.  

A delightfully picturesque wooden bridge crosses over a soothing stream in front of the home-both providing quiet and privacy from the outside world.  

A different perspective of the bridge reveals the front gate entrance, front fence, and the home's picturesque front facing garage.  

A virtually magical entrance incorporates both the stone walk, the depth of the surrounding greenery, and the unique garage with its tall peaked roof.    

As one arrives at the home itself, its exterior Tudor architecture begins to reveal itself.  As seen here, and at the opening view. it is immediately identified as Tudor by its steeply pitched roof, a central dormer with window, and its contrasting coloring of white walls and hallmark dark timbering.  Leaded glass windows in the front add the final touch.  

Throughout the home, there is a fairy tale/castle like architecture that can be seen immediately at the entrance, where a  sturdy wooden door entry is uniquely partnered with a gracefully arched entryway.  

Sturdy wooden stairs lead to the upper floor, and are enhanced with impressive wrought iron railings. 

This is certainly where the term "great room" means something.  Historical Tudor style homes were noted for this style.  Built around a massive central fireplace, this room would house the major living and gathering space for the home. 

As is true today as then, a tall peaked open beam ceiling adds yet more drama to the room, with the goal to impress all who enter.  

A floor to ceiling sliding glass door to the left invites guests and residents to pass through to the engaging, and private, rear gardens of the house.  

Just to the right of the stairs is the entry to the home's dining room, seen here.  Bright and cheerful, it overlooks the rear yard, and is just steps from the kitchen.  

Just off the dining room, is this efficient, softly colored kitchen that provides very generous multi-level storage space, and a format that ensures ease of food preparation.  

Six large windows over the sink insure a tree top view, and a cheerful ambiance for the home chef.  

There are three bedrooms in the home.  Two will be shown for your consideration.  The first, seen here, is on the main floor, and is spacious, and flexible in its potential usage. 

Here, it easily accommodates a bed, a mini office, and still has space left over for a pair of side chairs or dresser.  An en suite bathroom is just steps away.

Large, multi-paned windows are the source of both views and sunlight.  

On the second floor are two additional bedrooms that share a bathroom.  

Just off the living room seen above, is this private and serene back yard patio with plenty of room for entertaining under the sheltering, and well established, trees that surround the home.  

Another view of the patio reveals just a few of the multiple windows that bring light and cheer into the home.

If this unique and imaginative home is of interest to you, please call me with your questions regarding it at (510) 517-6280,  It is being offered for sale for $1,250,000.  

(Listing Courtesy of Tracy Sichterman of Berkeley Hills Real Estate)

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