a new listing from josh dickinson
121 windsor avenue, kensington sold for $1,600,000


Beds: 4
Baths: 2
Square Footage: 1836
Lot Square Footage: 8400
Year Built: 1927

Delightful 4BR, 2BA traditional home on a peaceful cul-de-sac in upper Kensington. Spacious living room is anchored by the fireplace and has views of the bay from multiple windows. Formal dining rooms connects to the eat-in kitchen with custom cabinetry, island with cooktop and multiple doors to the sunny backyard. First floor features three flexible bedrooms and hall bath with tub/shower. Upstairs primary suite with multiple skylights, ensuite bathroom and private balcony with SF views. Lower level includes laundry room, attached garage, workbench and multiple areas for storage. The premium lot size is enhanced by multiple walkways, mature plantings, fountain and many vignettes for relaxing and reflection. The property is located a short distance from Kensington Elementary, Kensington Park, upper Kensington shops (via Public Path #6), epic hiking in Tilden Park and multiple AC Transit stops for destinations in Berkeley and beyond.



The community of Kensington is an unincorporated part of Contra Costa County in the Berkeley Hills. The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and the 1923 Berkeley Fire resulted in people looking to Kensington for housing alternatives. Streetcar #7, which connected Kensington with Berkeley, and the network of pedestrian paths made it easier to commute from here. By 1930, the population grew from 226 to 1500. Today, the population of about 5,300 cozily squeeze into 1 square mile.

Although unincorporated, Kensington does have its own police and fire departments, park services and trash collection. Tilden Park and Blake Garden are two beautiful green spaces located in and around Kensington. There is also just about anything you could need in one of its two business districts: Colusa Circle and the Arlington. It even has its own town newsletter, the Kensington Outlook. 

A few other interesting facts:

  • Claims the most number of nobel laureates per capita (2/5000)
  • Was the home of Robert Oppenheimer when he was working on the Manhattan Project
  • Kensington Hilltop Elementary is rated in the top 4% of all elementary schools in California 

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