This warm and welcoming home with its classic Craftsman architecture is ideally located in the Elmwood neighborhood and is immediately adjacent to the Rockridge neighborhood---both of which are two of the most popular dining and shopping venues in the area.

Located at 2917 Ashby Avenue in Berkeley, it offers 3 bedrooms, 2/12 baths, and expansive, lush gardens ideal for relaxation and entertaining.  Built in 1916, it reflects the imagination and creativity that was invested in the homes in the neighborhoods that surrounded the UC Berkeley campus.  The front entrance shows the attention given to making a visitor feel welcome upon arrival.  A classic wooden front door is surrounded by imaginative windows, and a pair of handsome ceramic lions add to the appeal.  


The open door offers a dramatic entrance with a view directly into the home's entrance hall, and the impressive wooden staircase to the second floor.  The sweep of warmly colored hardwood floors gives just a taste of all that awaits inside.  


 The living room is a classic example of the Craftsman design.  Anchored by a brick wood burning fireplace that is surrounded by built-in display cabinets, there are warm wooden floors, and dark wood crown moulding, floor moulding, and complete window moulding in just about every room in the house.  Extremely spacious front windows encourage the entry of the warm light from the outside.  


Just off to the left of the living room is an inviting bonus room that could offer a variety of uses for the homeowners.  


 This highly flexible bonus room has a  gently curving arc of spacious windows, hardwood floors, and classic wooden trim on walls and floors.

While this room could serve as a pleasant sitting room, it could also function as a handsome office, library, or den.  

 Another highlight of the main floor is the generous dining room space which is just perfect for casual meals but is a spot ideally designed for formal entertaining.  

Be sure to note the gentle curve of the roomy windows, and the immediately adjacent kitchen, which makes serving guests so much easier.


The cheerful kitchen has an island/breakfast bar for more casual dining, plus roomy built-in glass-fronted cabinets to display your special china or glassware.

What makes this kitchen an especially appealing asset is that it leads directly outside through generous French doors to the inviting patio area.


Moving upstairs, there are three charming bedrooms for your consideration.  This first bedroom is awash in warm light from every angle.

Another angle of this bedroom shows its truly spacious ambiance.  Note the amount of extra effort and expense that has been placed into this room to make it a warm and welcoming place.  The open door invites residents into a cheerful office space.  

While this charming little nook is being used as an office space, many other uses come to mind, including a sunroom or reading room. 

This is the second of the three bedrooms upstairs.  As with the others, it is roomy, spacious and stylish.

The third bedroom continues to carry the desirable architectural theme and is flexible as to its use and floor plan.  

This refurbished bathroom reflects the effort and detail that has been placed into the home, creating a bright, practical and cheerful space.  

Stepping outside of the home, you are greeted with the impressive back yard and patio area.  This inviting and very spacious living area boasts well-established garden, plants, and trees plus a lush lawn area as an extra asset.  


This home is centrally located just minutes from the highway interchanges of 13 and 24, allowing immediate access to Montclair, Piedmont, Downtown Oakland, and Orinda and Lafayette just over the hill.  The hills above Oakland and Berkeley are filled with picnic, hiking and bicycle trails for recreation.  

This desirable home offers off street parking, a partial view, and @2,462 sf of living space. It is being offered for sale for $1,595,000.  

 If this home, or any other home in the immediate Berkeley or Oakland area,  has attracted your attention, please contact me for further detailed information at (510) 517-6280.

(Listing Courtesy of Laura C. Arechiga, The Grubb Company)






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