This striking hillside home at 211 Lake Drive in Kensington, is nestled in  among the expanse of surrounding trees, and bordering on Wildcat Regional Park and the Tilden Nature Area in the hills above the home.  It offers a truly distinctive architectural concept.  It has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in approximately 2375 sf of living space.  

It is well located.  While it is settled in among the East Bay hills, the popular shops and restaurants of North and Central Berkeley and Albany are close by, as is the University of California, and all that it has to offer.  

The design of this home is plainly conceived with the goal of "bringing the outside in".  Both views above reveal the floor to ceiling windows and multiple doors to the outside decks that invite freedom of movement in and out of the living space.  This expanse of light is enhanced with the use of  peaked open beam ceilings above the entire floor,  

The doors to the far right of the room open up onto an inviting view deck, while a pleasant seating space for reading or relaxing has been created just inside the doors.  This use of this space is as flexible as one's needs demand.  

A rather dramatic perspective reveals the sweep of the space of the second floor, and the path to the second floor rooms.   The richly colored dark wood of the railings harmonizes beautifully with the off white of the walls, the beautiful hardwood floors. and the ceiling.  

Just above the living room is this large  formal dining room that can easily provide additional space for a distinctive sideboard.  It is well placed for formal dining, and, additionally is ideally sited to act as a large buffet table for guests when entertaining outside on the adjacent view deck.  

For those who enjoy entertaining, this inviting corner of the home is a delight with its free flowing access to the outdoors.

 At the opposite end of the second floor is this handsome library/office space with its own personal balcony.  The large bookcase invites displays of favorite collectibles, but is more than adequate for varied sized books and office materials.  The cabinets below are an additional asset for storage as needed.  

A reverse perspective shows the space available for a desk and side chair, and the outstanding overhead view that can be enjoyed while working from home, if preferred.     

As with all homes, the kitchen is the heart of a home, and this one does not disappoint.  Extremely flexible in use, it provides an immense amount of both cabinet and storage space at virtually every level.  Food preparation space is plentiful, and is enhanced with the central island that runs its length.  

Dual dining locations are possible--whether the choice is the eat in kitchen table and chairs, or the outside balcony area, either is ideal.  

This outside deck just off the kitchen is just one of many perspectives that reveal the expanse of land that surrounds the home-both personal land and regional park lands.  

There are 3 bedrooms in the home.  One, the primary bedroom, will be shown for your consideration.  The room epitomizes the indoor-outdoor living concept of the home. 

The room's soft off white walls combine with the darker wooden beams, and golden colored hardwood floors, to give a rustic, but distinctive outdoor feel.  Drawing in the outdoors from the adjacent view balcony adds just the right touch.  

What a pleasure to be able to step outside and enjoy the soothing ambiance of this hillside retreat. 

The nearby rolling green hillside, topped with lush greenery and diverse trees, is always a year round pleasure.  

If the peace and serenity of this comfortable home is of interest to you, please call me promptly with your questions at (510) 517-6280.  It is being offered for sale for $1,295,000.  

(Listing Courtesy of Theresa D. Carlisle of Compass)

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