This stunning welcoming entrance is one of the many elements that have been created to add more beauty to an already impressive Berkeley hills home located at 910 Hilldale Avenue.  This distinctive, glowing atrium combines with the ginkgo tile clad entryway to create a breathtaking entry for guests.  

Located high above the city, with accompanying views, it offers 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in approximately 2993 sf of living space.  

This gracious home, settled comfortably among well established trees and lush gardens, was built in 1915 when Craftsman architecture was highly prized, and thus, very much in demand. 

This home represents much of that design concept, especially with its low-pitched gable roofs and overhanging eaves.  It still retains this vision, both inside and out, but it  has also been imaginatively reconceived throughout.  

This home has always been large enough for entertaining, but now it offers this expansive space seen above, for casual dining and relaxation.    Highlighted by a full length dining table, and paired with a dramatically updated kitchen, this space could easily become the heart of the home.  

Anchored by a large central island, the kitchen easily meets the needs of both the original formal dining room to the left, and the more relaxed ambiance of the table and chairs to the right.   

This kitchen should also meet the needs of the most particular of home chefs.  It provides a more than generous work space, with plentiful storage opportunities for both china and serving pieces.  

Three sets of large casement windows combine with the supplemental  overhead lighting to illuminate this impressive workspace.  

Distinctive amenities include a Fisher Paykel range and cooktop, a dishwasher, a refrigerator, and pantry.  

Just outside the kitchen door is an inviting view deck to tempt your guests to enjoy the outside panoramas below.  

This handsome dining room begins to reveal the touches of the original Craftsman concept of the residence.  Formal dining rooms, spacious enough to entertain comfortably, were expected, and used.   

Dark, richly colored trim is seen throughout the home on windows, doors, archways, baseboards and ceilings.  This darker color is complimented with softly colored off white or beige walls, and the dark golden color of the hardwood floors.   

A built in buffet server and glass display cabinets is also classic for the era, and included here.  A delightful, and impressive asset to the room is the set of wood and glass sliding doors that lead to a marvelous sun room just to the right.  Guests can move easily from one room to the other.  

Certainly one of the most outstanding features of this home has to be this full length sun porch that provides a sweeping hilltop view of the Bay area below.  It has entryways from both the dining and living room.

Just off the sun porch, is this built in charming and cozy nook that offers a relaxing setting for reading a book, or talking with friends.  Multiple windows open to the scenic views below.  

The adjacent living room has both desirable and distinctive features that add to its already impressive presence.  The large, and traditional, central Craftsman fireplace is complimented with built in glass fronted bookcases to the right, and to the left, a historically accurate, "inglenook space" - a snug seating area next to the warmth of the hearth.  

A reverse perspective reveals the easy association of all these many elements to create a harmonious living space.  

There are three bedrooms on the main floor.  Two will be shown for your consideration, as will one of the two bathrooms.  This handsome bedroom is just off the main floor, and could easily serve as a guest bedroom, if needed.  

Close by is this very attractive bedroom space with dual pairs of windows that feature views of the surrounding trees and garden, and the Bay views below.  

Nearby is this gleaming primary bathroom with twin sinks, a full length mirror, and plentiful storage.  An updated stall shower is in the foreground.  

There is a second floor in this home, and it provides an impressive additional living space in the house.  Fully able to accommodate a living room, dining room, kitchen, and bedroom, it is a very desirable asset to this distinctive home.    

A reverse view reveals its size when including the bedroom and kitchen space.  An attractive built in bookcase, and an impressive open beam ceiling adds to its charm.   

(Note: There is also a small studio room adjacent to the garage that is not shown here)

The bayside frontage of the home is closer to nature with simple rock gardens and greenery, but the highlight of the space is this imaginative, and very unique, stone hideaway. 

It is an ideal entertainment venue with plenty of seating, space and lighting from above.  An added treat are the multiple inset locations for placement of softly lit lanterns.  

If this very engaging home is of interest to you, I encourage you to call me promptly at (510) 517-6280.  The residence is being offered for sale for $2,000,000.  

(Listing Courtesy of Tracy Sichterman of Berkeley Hills Realty)

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