This handsome home sits in the hills above Oakland, and provides panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay area from dual balconies, a patio, and from expansive windows throughout the home.   Located at 11 Drury Lane, Berkeley, in the Claremont Hills neighborhood of Oakland, it offers 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms in a very generous 3027+/- sf of living space.  (Note-the mailing address is 11 Drury Lane, Berkeley, but it is a mailing address only) 

It would be hard to find a better placed home.  Situated above both Berkeley and Oakland, it is close to all that makes the area unique.  The favorite shops and restaurants of Elmwood, Rockridge and Montclair are just moments away. The nearby hills are perfect for hiking and walking, and UC Berkeley is close by.   Just below, the interchange of Highways 13 and 24 affords transportation to Orinda, Lafayette and Walnut Creek to the east, and Oakland and San Francisco to the west.  

This uniquely positioned home furnishes a truly sweeping view of the entire Bay area.  Seen here is Marin County, the Golden Gate Bridge, central San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, the Bay Bridge and Oakland.  Views of all the marine activities on the Bay are available year round, and impressive sunsets are regular events.

This home has been designed with the goal of capturing the entire Bay area scene below.  The room's western orientation offers multiple opportunities for enjoying this gift of beauty.  Floor to ceiling windows allow passage of gleaming light into the room, and large sliding glass doors open onto the home's exterior balcony.   The vaulted ceiling adds both elegance and drama, and enhances the light throughout

A distinctive centrally placed fireplace is a desirable centerpiece when entertaining friends.  On cooler days or evenings, it makes a perfect focal point for pleasant evening conversations.  The built in bookcase/display cabinet encourages placement of favorite art, collectibles or books, and adds an extra enhancement to the room.  

A slightly different perspective reveals an additional set of windows, and the esthetic beauty that is provided by the softly colored vaulted ceiling.

  Immediately adjacent to the living room is this very pleasant dining room that is perfectly placed to view yet more of San Francisco, Oakland and the South Bay.  What a special location for enjoying a meal with friends, no matter what the time of day.  

Another perspective of the dining room reveals its distinctive and desirable box beam ceiling, which is a special feature that is always a valued addition.  

A tastefully updated kitchen is just off the dining room, and it is both immediately appealing and efficient. It is  anchored by an imaginative center island that provides a food preparation workspace, and a wide variety of drawers and shelves that can accommodate varied and useful preparation tools and serving pieces. 

 Amenities, seen here that are included are a stone counter, a dishwasher, double oven, gas range/cooktop, built in range/oven and refrigerator. Worthy of note is that there are granite countertops and Wolf appliance installed for additional quality. 

The focal point of the kitchen has to be the beautifully tiled wall above, and on either side of the stove, which is complimented by the cream and black colors of the surrounding storage cabinets.  

Adjacent to the central kitchen workspace is this delightful eat in kitchen nook that is perfectly suited to a quick breakfast or lunch, but equally perfect for an afternoon cup of tea with a good book.  A sliding glass door to the outside balcony can easily be opened to enjoy the warmth of the sun. 

This inviting balcony just off the kitchen, is where one could spend much of the day, if desired.  The kitchen is an ideal source of sandwiches and meals, which is certainly beneficial to both residents and guests who might wish to enjoy special time here.  

On the main level is this distinctive space which is as flexible as one's imagination.  There is no doubt that it could be a study, den or office, but other uses could include a sitting room, or perhaps a music room. 

As would be expected in a home of this prominence, the primary bedroom features a captivating view of the expansive scene below that is easily accessed through a sliding glass door that is paired with two virtually floor to ceiling windows.  This private balcony is most certainly a delightful pleasure to be enjoyed daily.  

There are so many features that create a gracious living experience in this handsome room.  The unique fireplace is a delight to have and enjoy.  The adjacent bookcase  offers opportunities to display favorite books, art or collectibles, and the available floorspace provides very generous space for seating and relaxation.  

Stepping out to the personal balcony from the primary bedroom, the irresistible draw of this home is hard to deny.  One is truly "above it all" .  

Above, the primary en suite bathroom is seen here.  Softly colored and luminously lighted,  it provides a sunken tub with jets, a shower,  a sink, and a generous counter topped with large mirrored panels that reflect the glow.  

A second bedroom, seen here, represents many of the subtle elements that reveal the quality of all the rooms throughout the home--softly golden colored hardwood floors that are combined with generous wooden trim around the windows, baseboards, and ceiling, and the the addition of of spacious multiple windows.  

The third bedroom, unlike the other two, is unique in that it has its own living room, kitchen, and an exterior access, making it a perfect consideration for an in law unit, if desired.  The built in bookcase provides both display and storage space, no matter what choice is made as to the room's use.  

Seen here is the cozy and effectively conceived kitchen that is adjacent to the third bedroom.

This  comfortable sitting room, complete with sliding glass door and view, reveals how useful this space can become, depending on its potential usage.

The grounds around the home have been richly enhanced at various levels with both new, and well established plants and flowers, creating a marvelous welcome to the home for both residents and guests.

 If you would like make this your home, and return to this marvelous home every day, I would encourage you to call me promptly with your questions and interest at (510) 517-6280.  It is being offered for sale for $1,795,000.  

(Listing Courtesy of Anian Tunney of the Grubb Company)

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