This spectacular main hall one of many rooms that impress in this custom made home located at 7 Maybeck Twin Drive in the hills above North Berkeley. Anyone familiar with Berkeley history know the architectural heritage of Bernard Maybeck, after whom the street address was named.
In fact, it was he who named the street, and developed it, and Maybeck's studio was at the base of the drive on the left. The lot on which this home is constructed was purchased from his daughter.
This house was custom built, and has an intriguing mixture of both modern and Craftsman character. It is hard to deny the Maybeck influence when viewing the floor to ceiling stained glass windows and the dramatic bookshelves. It offers 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in a very generous 2978 sf of living space.
A reverse perspective reveals another stunning stained glass window, the dramatically peaked ceiling, and the richly colored, and well matched, floors, walls and bookcases.
To the far left, is one of many view balconies that enhance this home. All provide sweeping views of the Bay area below.
Just off the great hall is this long, covered balcony that sits high above all the many trees and gardens that surround it.
One glance at this sweeping Bay Area view of Berkeley and San Francisco below, reveals why this very spot was chosen by all who live here.
Just steps from the great hall, is this attractive family room that illustrates the theme that will be seen throughout the rest of the home--dramatic open beamed ceilings, generous floorspace, Bay area views, and free flow and sight lines from one room to another.
Immediately adjacent to the family room, and on the way to the dining room, is this striking view porch with dual access doors that is certainly going to be the center of much of the entertaining that will be done in this house.
An exterior view of this porch reveals its tree top position, and the views below that change effect with each day, season, and time of day.
Just the other side of the porch, is this warm and welcoming dining room, complete with a large buffet server space adjacent to the kitchen that offers a choice of drawer configurations for storage of favorite dishes and serving pieces.
The adjoining kitchen is well placed, and features a free standing range over, electric range cooktop, and dishwasher. The kitchen is just steps from the large central exterior deck where parties and events will require a variety of food services.
There are four bedrooms in the residence. Two will be shown for your consideration. The prime bedroom, seen here, is softly aglow with with the light from the virtual wall of windows that lead its special exterior balcony.
The floorspace is expansive, and as such, invites a number of design configurations to make it one's own.
A large, covered adjacent balcony sits high above the pleasant gardens below.
A second room is a unique and imaginative combination of sleeping space, library, and office. Its very unique wooden coffered ceiling, charming trim, and large mirrored closet complete the effect.
Steps at the rear of the home lead down to a very spacious, and well conceived, back yard that combines both the softness of sheltering trees with the beauty of the artfully conceived garden.
The garden features a very unique children's playhouse which certainly should please all who enter. A large deck with plentiful seating space is immediately adjacent.
The interior of the playhouse is a joy. Its multiple seating and play spaces are a delight, as is the colorful door.
If this captivating and imaginative home is of interest to you, please call me with your requests for information at (510) 517-6280. This residence is being offered for sale for $1,795,000.
(Listing Courtesy of Bebe McRae Of The Grubb Company)