High up in Berkeley's Claremont Hills neighborhood is this outstanding view home located at 1033 Alvarado Road.  Its highly appealing Mediterranean styling is reflected immediately in the multi-gabled red clay roofing, and inviting front gardens.  

It offers 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms in a very expansive 3577 sq. ft. of living space, and is exceptionally well located just a short distance from the shopping and dining of the popular Elmwood and Ashby neighborhoods. 

Nearby Highways 24 and 13 provide direct routes to Oakland and San Francisco to the west, and Contra Costa County to the east.  

As will soon be seen, this home is a perfect venue for gracious entertaining and soothing relaxation.  The side patio, seen here, is just off the dining area and kitchen of the home, and is immediately inviting and relaxing for friends, special events and parties. 

The warmly colored floors, and the off white walls of the living room combine beautifully with the incoming light from the floor to ceiling windows and door to the garden to the right, to create this soothing living space that is seen above.  

An impressive centrally placed fireplace anchors the room, and is a perfect addition for an evening's enjoyment on cooler Bay area evenings.  

An expanded perspective reveals the large adjacent dining room and the entry to the home.  As would be expected with this style of home, there is an easy transition from one room to the other throughout the residence.   

The dining room, as with all the other rooms in the house, is enhanced with large view windows to the exterior gardens. and, as will be seen,  each set of windows adds a gentle warmth and color to every living area.  

A different perspective reveals the direct view from the dining room to the distinctive outside patio that is seen at the opening scene above, and again, directly below.

Especially effective are the three floor to ceiling mirrors that capture and reflect back the surrounding interior lighting.  

Located just off the kitchen and dining area, this striking space is unique in that it exists in addition to, and supplemental to,  a huge backyard and additional patio area at the rear of the home, and, as a result, allows a flexibility of  living experiences that few homes of this size possess.

This stunningly upgraded kitchen has all the amenities that a creative chef could desire.  Anchored by a spacious central island with a stone counter, this central unit serves equally effectively as a breakfast bar, and a preparation and serving space.  

The dramatic upgrading continues with the presence of an in demand Thermador 6 burner gas range, Bosch dual ovens, a Bosch dishwasher and a stainless steel sink.  

Soft supplemental overhead lighting, and an expanse of multi-level storage drawers and cabinets add additional appeal to this already outstanding kitchen.

Just steps away, and ideal for a relaxing evening of recreation and entertainment, is a large living space that is currently the home's family room.  

Pizza, sandwiches, salad and pasta are easily produced in the adjacent kitchen to add to the ambiance.  

The relaxed atmosphere is particularly evident in this space.  The handsome fireplace is centered between a very desirable desk and bookcase on the left, and a complimentary bookcase to the right, with a chest below for storing games and media .  A wall of windows looks out on the serenity of the home's rear gardens.

This generously sized backyard is surrounded with well established plants, trees, and flowers that enclose a large semi-circular lawn-all of which furnish a perfect backdrop for an outdoor patio space.  

Returning inside, one discovers this spacious and handsome main floor bedroom that easily accommodates a large bed, and a small home office desk and chair.

Once again, the Mediterranean flair that is seen throughout the house is especially reflected in the stairs to the second floor.  Intricate and imaginative wrought iron railings enhanced the steps and the railings above.  

The second floor primary bedroom is especially notable.  Its door opens into a entryway that can be enhanced to one's personal taste, but here a simple mirror and chest greet the homeowner.  

The primary bedroom is as remarkable as one would expect in a home of this quality.  A wall of windows looks out over the gently rolling hillsides of trees, and out to the drama of the Bay area below.  

A personal fireplace and generous floorspace makes this a perfect retreat at the end of the day.  

The primary bathroom is luxurious, and centered around this outstanding sunken tub and walk in shower.  Immediately adjacent is vanity with dual sinks.

Also highly prized, is this well conceived walk in closet that should meet your storage needs year round.  

Three of the four bedrooms in the home shown for your consideration and review.  This cheerful third bedroom is upstairs.

This outstanding and commanding view of the San Francisco Bay includes the central bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin County, San Francisco, and Berkeley directly below-a never ending daily experience.  

This very exceptional home is being offered for sale for $1,998,000.  I encourage you to call me promptly regarding your interest at (510) 517-6280.  

(Listing Courtesy of David Gunderman of KW Advisors)

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