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47 Alvarado Rd. Berkeley
Offered at $2,595,000
5 BEDROOMS / 5 BATHS
OVER 3000 SQ FT GLA
ON A QUARTER ACRE
Travel back in time and experience a world that is truly magical, when exquisite architecture and captivating details were thoughtfully considered. As you walk into 47 Alvarado Rd. you will notice that every room has had special attention paid to the quality of light that enters at different times of the day. A perfect amalgam of formal and unpretentious, this 1918 home has it all.
Just down the road, a “secret” foot path traverses through the Claremont hotel & Spa, which lands you directly below on Domingo Square in just minutes. Enjoy Pete’s coffee, Rick & Ann’s, Fornee bakery, a Florist, Amphora Olive Oil, a handful of salons, a UPS store, a Juice Bar, The Station Beer garden & burgers, The Berkeley Tennis Club and more, but best of all…the direct express commuter bus to SF. The Star Market is just a few blocks further, with all that vibrant College Avenue has to offer just another jaunt down the way.
Situated on a quarter acre, as you enter down a brick terraced Garden with rock walls, your formal entry hall awaits, opening up to an expansive living room with a stately fireplace, gleaming hardwood floors and two huge picture windows, one of which looks out to the Bay. Below is an enchanting wrap around yard, with an expansive deck, and a large flat area to enjoy the outdoors, and a myriad of generous side spaces, perfect for raised beds, fire pit, games, or whatever your heart desires.
One of the charming features of this home is the beautiful sunroom which boasts a Juliette balcony, perfect for enjoying your morning coffee, and looks out to the gardens below. Adjacent to this, is your formal dining room, with leaded glass built in cabinetry, and is fit for a king OR Queen, with an original copper and kiln fired tile fireplace.
The kitchen is awaiting your personal vision, and looks out to a beautiful blooming vine covered arbor with side entry for ease of loading and unloading deliveries. Upstairs are four generous size bedrooms, three of which have full en suite bathrooms, still outfitted with the original tile and tubs. Imagine waking up to glorious views of the Bay, Golden Gate Bridge & Mt. Tam each day! A fifth private bedroom with en suite bath below off the main entry would function as a perfect home office or guest room. Don’t miss the miniature claw foot bathtub, perfect for bathing furry friends!
The bonus basement retreat is enormous, which opens up directly to the generous sized deck, and gardens. The detached garage currently functions as a workout studio or zoom room, but could possibly be converted back into secure parking. Directly below that is a cellar, which will entice wine collectors, or could be reinvented into a cigar room for poker night.
Don't miss a unique opportunity to own a remarkable home in this prestigious neighborhood.
(*Ability to convert detached garage back into parking is unknown. Sq. ft. of home and lot size not verified or guaranteed by Seller or Listing Agent. The square footage the Lot Size advertised in the MLS is derived from public records. The square footage of the home advertised in the MLS is derived from Measurement & differs from the square footage in the (Matt Smith, Yovino & Young, & may also differ from what is noted in the Public Records. Neither Seller(S) nor Listing Agent has verified the accuracy of the information in any of these documents. Public record has year built as 1918; BAHA records shows Designed and built by Donald H. McCorkle, in 1911.)
Just steps down the street is a secret foot path that traverses through the ledgendary Fairmont owned "Claremont Hotel & Spa", and you will not be dissapointed to find that the best bakery in the Bay, "Fornee," is just steps below, or Peets Coffee, or Rick & Ann's, famous for their red velvet Beet & Bacon Hash!
You will also find a "serious" Tennis Club, (the BTC), a Beer Garden, two hair salons, a postal shop, 2 fill stations, a juice bar, an imported olive oil store, & a hand curated gift shope, an art gallery, a jewelrey store, & a high end clothing boutique, a holistic dental store, a dry cleaners, a stationary store, an auto shop, plus more.
Below is Elmwood's shopping district on College Avenue in Berkeley offers old-fashioned shops, access to the Rockridge Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), grocery stores, bookshops, and flower stands. Restaurants, a movies theater, and a bakery are all a short walk away.
The Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve is 208 acres of open space managed by the East Bay Regional Park District and more than 200 acres outside of the canyon owned by the University of California, Berkeley. Garber Park, a 13-acre oak-and-bay-tree woodland south of Claremont Avenue, is owned by the city of Oakland. Trails reward ambitious hikers with panoramic views of San Francisco Bay.