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Views for Miles

To say this home has premium views is an understatement. This captivating Cape Cod style home, doesn’t just have views... It has spot-on Golden Gate Bridge views, which are not marred by wires or blocked by trees. It doesn’t just have uninterrupted Golden Gate Bridge and Bay views... It has them from every level and all twelve west facing windows in the house. Some homes are lucky enough to enjoy a nice view from the master bedroom or, better still, the living room. Yep, this house has both. And also from every room on the west side of the structure, from the upper corner master bathroom to the lower level theater room! Watch the glorious California sunsets over the Bay from almost any room in the house!

This home is so much more than just its pretty views. Elegant style radiates from the exterior design elements featuring corner quoin details, wood clapboard dormer windows and a graceful entry with sophisticated metal canopy. 

Inside, the generous entry opens to the jaw-dropping views seen through the dining room window. The dining room features original French doors providing access to the lavish deck. This room is accented by a striking geometric wood ceiling motif that is repeated on the interior of the front door. The living room is large enough for multiple seating arrangements and features a fireplace, beamed ceiling, random plank wood floors, and of course, picture windows perfectly framing the Golden Gate Bridge. The kitchen is updated with warm toned granite counters, stainless steel appliances and a sweet Bay facing breakfast nook. Interior access to the large garage is conveniently located off the hall opposite the kitchen and near the guest bathroom on this level.

Follow the quarter sawn white oak floors upstairs to three generous bedrooms featuring architectural interest. Two spacious plus rooms add more function to the floor plan. A plus room off the front bedroom buffers the bedroom from the street and offers a wonderful play space or quiet place to read or study. Another plus room opposite the master bedroom can either be an office, nursery, yoga room or easily turned into the master walk-in closet. Both the master bathroom and the second full bath on this level have been remodeled with opulent marble or stone tile upgrades and new fixtures.

The lower level has a fully equipped theater room with a large retractable 120 inch screen, projector and Atmos ready surround sound. Two large windows overlook the garden and the bay beyond. The lower level unfinished basement side has laundry facilities and a former dark room. With a window to the Bay, an exterior door, plumbing, and electricity; one can imagine developing this basement area into even more living space. The home has been further updated throughout with refinished wood floors, dual pane windows, and luxurious radiant heating.

The yard continues the theme of this property's exceptional qualities. Rare 7,869 square feet of gently sloped yard means there is room to meander through a beautiful front garden (with camellias, magnolia, graceful red and green maples and rhododendrons), entertaining on the expansive back deck, lounging on the rear patio, planting in garden beds and enjoying a lush lawn. Mature fruit trees in the backyard include lemon, lime, apple, hachiya persimmon, fig and a bountiful plum tree. Old world rose bushes with a return bloom will provide cut flowers throughout the summer. Access to both nature and urban amenities abound in this location. Nestled just a stone’s throw away from highly rated Hilltop Elementary School and above the beautiful Kensington Park (wonderful play structure, tennis courts, a track and grassy field, picnic benches with bay views, a wonderful Community Center and library). Numerous pathways and hiking trails near the home lead into Tilden Park and also take you down steps toward the Arlington shops. The AC Transit Transbay bus picks up down at the corner of Westminster and Arlington Avenue and is the one of the most convenient ways into San Francisco. The 67 bus stops right on Kenyon at Trinity and takes you to UC Berkeley campus.

Neighborhood


Thanks to its proximity to the University of California, Berkeley campus, Kensington may boast the largest number of Nobel Prize winners of any community in the world. But one look at this neighborhood of large homes in the hilly streets above Berkeley, its commanding views of the Bay Area, and sunny terraced yards will explain why this community is one of the most sought after in the East Bay. Future Nobel laureates are nurtured at Kensington’s highly rated Hilltop Elementary School, perched above a nicely landscaped public park featuring tennis courts, paved walkways, play structures, and Golden Gate Bridge views.

The town’s business core is clustered around a friendly shopping strip on Arlington Avenue, that includes Young’s Market, Arlington Wine and Spirits, Inn Kensington and Raxakoul Coffee and Cheese to name a few. Kensington is served by its own police and fire departments, also located on Arlington Avenue. A second district around Colusa Circle includes Semifreddi’s Bakery and the Kensington Circus Pub. This English-style pub attracts many families with small children with a coveted “play corner,” and provides an opportunity to hear live music. The circle hosts a vibrant weekly Farmer’s Market with live music and established food trucks.

Along the city’s eastern crest, Tilden Park is a treasure trove of activities for adults and kids alike. Year-round you can enjoy the Animal Farm and Environmental Education Center, the Botanic Gardens and hiking and biking. All summer you can enjoy Lake Anza and the merry-go-round and steam trains. During the rainy winter months the park features its own waterfall below the naturally landscaped swimming hole at Lake Anza.



Features


  • Built in 1934
  • Elegant entry foyer
  • Spacious living room with beamed ceiling
  • Formal dining room
  • Updated kitchen
  • Three bedrooms
  • Two additional bedroom-level plus rooms
  • Two and a half baths (all remodeled)
  • Home theater/Family room
  • Large garage and two car driveway
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Garden level unfinished basement with former dark room
  • Radiant heat throughout with individual room controls
  • Upgraded dual pane windows
  • Quarter sawn random plank wood floors on main level
  • Hardwood floors throughout upper level
  • 2,356 square feet of living space per public records
  • Extra large 7,869 square foot lot per public records
  • Stellar Hilltop Elementary School district
  • Exceptional Bay, Bridge and San Francisco City views


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