This treasured Berkeley hillside home, with its Tudor drama of steeply pitched gabled roofs, sturdy front door and distinctive brick stairs and entry, is the epitome of gracious living.   Located in the Claremont Hills at 178 Hillcrest Road, and just moments from the desirable shops and restaurants of the Elmwood and Rockridge, it offers 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms in a generous 2642 sf of living space.  

At the base of the steps to the left,  is this delightful patio area that is surrounded by well established trees, plants and flowers that provide a perfect site for a pleasant lunch, or perhaps as a sheltered retreat for reading a book with a favorite cup of tea.  

Stepping inside, one finds this expansive living room that is built around a handsome fireplace with soft multi-colored tiles that enhance its beauty.  To add to the room's appeal, two large floor to ceiling French doors open to the front patio area, and encourage a free flow of activity from one space to another-perfect when entertaining. 

A reverse view from the patio to the front room reveals the ease by which both areas can be combined into a delightful living space.  

Returning into the living area, the far wall features a built in bookcase that is ideal for displaying cherished books and collectibles. Just beyond is a classic sunroom.  

This glowing sun room provides virtual floor to ceiling sets of windows, and a outstanding location for relaxation and conversations.

Adjacent to the sunroom is this very distinctive dining room where friends and residents can gather.  Spacious enough to contain a large dining table, it is enhanced with two sets of gracefully arched glass display cabinets that can house and display favorite guest china and glassware. 

Just off the dining room is this charming breakfast nook that is perfect for a quick breakfast or casual lunch.  It is accompanied by a large china storage/display cabinet (seen directly below) that can serve as an additional storage space for everyday dishes and glassware.  

The kitchen is cheerful with its white cabinets and a blue and black design flooring.  It is also close to both the dining room and breakfast nook for efficient food service.  

Amenities here include a tile counter, dishwasher, an electric range/cooktop and pantry.  

There are four bedrooms in the home.  Two will be shown for your consideration.  The first, seen here, is large, with multiple view windows on various walls, two mirrored closet doors, and a flexible floor plan allowing various creative design configurations.  

A second bedroom offers a large mirrored door closet, a built in bookcase on the left wall, very generous floor space, and most especially pleasing, a set of large doors that open directly onto the back porch and rear gardens.  

What an outstanding location for a quiet retreat under the soothing tree lined rear decks.  A few steps down, an even more spacious porch awaits both guests and residents for an afternoon or evening of enjoyment.  

A reverse view at dusk of the dual decks reveals the partial Bay area views below the home, and attendant serenity provided.  

Note: Not shown here for the sake of space, is a lower level large bedroom and bath, a home office, and separate entrance.  

If this beautifully designed home, with its classical architecture, is of interest to you, please call me with your questions regarding it.  I can be reached at (510) 517-6280.  The residence is being offered for sale for $2,200,000.  

(Listing Courtesy of Sheila Sabine of The Grubb Company)  

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