This very spacious Berkeley home, located at 1280 Grand View Drive, features this expansive living room with its distinctive fireplace and vaulted open beam ceiling.   It becomes yet more appealing when the pair of large doors to the balcony are thrown open to a dramatic view balcony.  

Located in the hills above Berkeley, with views of the Bay area below, it is perfectly placed to enjoy the advantages of the many popular shopping and dining areas of Elmwood, Rockridge and Montclair .  It offers 4 bedrooms, 3/2 bathrooms in a very generous 4975 sf of living space

This inviting balcony can easily serve a dual purpose--it can be a quiet retreat high above the surrounding hillside on a lazy Sunday morning, or just as easily become a gathering place for guests when entertaining.  

Just off the living room, through a pair of graceful arches, one moves easily into the formal dining room.  A large curved view window, with two panels that open to the exterior,  is complimented by a pair of nearby smaller windows to allow views of the surrounding rolling hillsides.  

This sunny dining area, just off the kitchen, is especially flexible in its use.  It is equally suitable as a casual luncheon spot, or it can become a more formal evening site with a sunset view.  

This substantial kitchen space should please the most demanding of creative chefs.   A perfectly placed central island  provides an ideal work and storage space that integrates perfectly with the large counter and preparation space along the far wall.  

A different perspective reveals the additional amenities available.  Included are a dishwasher, double oven. gas range cooktop, refrigerator and pantry. 

A congenial eat in kitchen area to the left is included, and would be the perfect spot from which guests can watch and enjoy the meal preparation and "supervise" the chef.  

This eat in kitchen area can easily become the site of buffet serving area on special days when a larger event is planned.  Friends can move smoothly in and out from the kitchen to the deck that is just outside the sliding glass door.  

Just off the kitchen is another balcony surrounded by delightful hillside greenery.   Its imaginative wrought iron railing trim adds yet more appeal.

Just off the kitchen is this very inviting family room.  Large sliding glass doors open to the outside balcony, and the handsome central fireplace, with a gracefully arched mantel space, can anchor a myriad of  design conceptions for this generous living area.

Just off the family room, is a part of the home's grand staircase that connects all four levels of the house.  The intricate design of the graceful railings is replicated in the outdoor balconies throughout the residence.  

There are four bedrooms in the home.  Two will be shown for your consideration.  The primary bedroom, seen here, is large and softly color coordinated.  It features a handsome fireplace, and pleasant overhead lighting.

An additional enhancement is a pair of floor to ceiling glass doors that open to an exterior view deck, and literally invite the outside in, when desired.  

What a pleasure it will be enjoying this personal and private space.  

This glowing primary bathrooms offers all the quality that one would expect in a home of this caliber.   A large luxurious tub, with a window that opens to the outside greenery, is complimented with the wide dual sink counter that provides plentiful storage space.  Also included is a split bath format, and a stall shower with multiple shower heads.  

A second bedroom continues the theme of creating warm and inviting living spaces.  A built in desk/counter space is seen to the right.  

The size of this home is impressive.  At 4975 sf of living space, there is room to create dramatic and flexible living spaces to meet multiple needs.  Always in demand is a recreation/rumpus room, and this home does not disappoint.  

With three sets of large windows that can be thrown open to enjoy the exterior grounds, and yet another set of doors to the rear patio, this is a outstanding space for media, game nights, and parties.  

The rear terrace of the home is settled in comfortably around well established trees and scenic hills.    

If this extraordinary home is of interest to you, please call me with your inquiries at (510) 517-6280.  The residence is being offered for sale for $2,298,000.   

(Listing Courtesy of Dana S. Cohen of The Grubb Company)

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