This classic Art Deco home was designed in 1937 by award winning home architect John Dinwiddie, and reflects all that is appealing and dramatic about this architectural style. The  expected, and in demand, design elements will reflect simple clean lines, with a streamlined look being paramount inside and out.  Note the wrap around deck that reflects this concept.  Everything together combines to form an amazing curb appeal.  

Located at 95 Parnassus Road in Berkeley, it features 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, and offers views of the Bay area and the North Berkeley hills.  

The entrance, through glass doors, the simple lines of the stairwell, and the dramatic hardwood floors, give a sense of what to expect in the the rest of the house.

The living room is a delight.  Imaginative Art Deco features here include various metallic trims on the mirrors, lamps, the overhead lighting, the furniture, and most especially, the dramatic fireplace.  

Other design features to expect are mirrors and multiple windows everywhere.  Be sure to note the cocktail table and the trim on the crown molding.  


A sparkling formal dining room with plenty of space for entertaining continues the theme.

The kitchen and the appliances have been updated.  It has a stone counter, eat in capability, plus lots of storage, and work space for entertaining friends.  

There are two bedrooms upstairs.  The first is extremely flexible, and has doors that open to a deck with a view.

The second bedroom is equally handsome and it, too, has access to a partially covered wrap around deck.  Both decks are shown immediately below.


No matter which of these two outdoor patios you choose, you are sure to enjoy your choice.


The lower floor has what could be a guest or au pair unit.  It comes complete with its own living area, complete with fireplace, and a spacious door and windows that open onto a private patio area.  Additionally included is a separate kitchen and bedroom.  

This home has approximately 2055 sq. feet of living space, and and is being offered for sale for $1,3500,000.  As I have indicated above, it is unique in many ways.  If you would like to see it, or other homes in the area, please call me at (510) 517-6280.


(Listing Courtesy of Kathy Nitsan, Red Oak Realty)

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