Perfectly located in the hills of North Berkeley is this beautifully conceived, and classically styled, Mediterranean home.  It offers all the design elements that have made this style of home such a classic over the years.  

At 30 Alamo Avenue, it features 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in a very generous 2462 sf of living space.  

One's Mediterranean's living experience begins at the sturdy, and classically designed front gates-complete with studded front door panels, and large curved gate pulls. 

Directly ahead, is the entrance to the home, and the base of the first step features just part of the many multi-colored tiles that you will see throughout the home and patio as you tour.  

The home's front doors continue the theme of dramatic front entries, and, as they are thrown open, a warm and welcoming front room greets both guests and residents.  

There are so many compelling features that greet one upon entry.  One of the most engaging has to be the fascinating use of ironwork seen at every level. 

Most appealing may be the compelling wave like curves of the stair handrails that are replicated again in the large arched transom window above the door.  

An expansive skylight just above the entry provides soft, glowing light, as do the large patio doors seen below.  Open beamed vaulted ceilings add the final dramatic touch. 

On cooler days, when outdoor living is not comfortable, the inviting central fireplace (embellished with delightful blue and white tiles) will provide warmth and cheer for all.  

Alternately, the pair of French doors along the right wall swing wide to open onto an expansive outdoor patio, encouraging and providing a free flow of movement from the living room to the outdoors-one of the core elements of the Mediterranean living concept.     

This sun dappled patio is perfect for entertaining, relaxing and holding special events for friends.  It is easily accessed from three separate locations in the home-the living and dining rooms, and the master bedroom on the far right side.  

Just off the patio is the dining room.  Well placed just off the living room for easy access when hosting friends, it could also be a perfect buffet table for parties on days when a large indoor/outdoor event is planned.  

A reverse perspective shows the proximity of the patio and kitchen.

The centrally placed kitchen is easily accessed from both the patio and dining room.  It is anchored by a large gas range/cooktop, and a central island that easily doubles as a work station, eat in lunch counter, and serving site.  

There is plentiful stone counter workspace, and the appliances include a dishwasher, and a gas range/cooktop.  

The rear of the home is enhanced with this truly spacious, and highly  imaginative, primary bedroom that opens onto the patio.  Richly colored wooden floors contrast dramatically with the almost theatrical overhead peaked open beamed ceiling.  

Closets line the far left wall, and a striking fireplace (non-working) adds a imaginative feudal like appearance to the room. 

What a joy to be able to wake up each morning, and stroll into the patio area to relish a private moment while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea.  

As would be expected in a home of this quality, this updated primary bathroom is unique and colorful.  Rich in varied tiles, it includes a stall shower seen at the right, and dual sinks.

There are three bedrooms in the home.  Two will be shown for your consideration.  Above, is one of the two that are located on the second floor. 

A pair of corner view windows draw in cheerful sunlight.  Additionally, the shape of the room allows for various furniture placements and configurations.  

The pair of bedrooms on the upper floor share this very large bathroom that provides an inviting soaking bathtub, and roomy stall shower.  

Worth noting-the home's lower level has a bonus plus room, seen here,  which is currently being used as an extra bedroom. 

If this extraordinary home is of interest to you, please call me promptly at (510) 517-6280 regarding it.  It is being offered for sale for $1,695,000.  

    (Listing Courtesy of Bebe Mcrae of The Grubb Company)

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