a luxury property presented by josh dickinson
15 arlington lane, kensington sold for $1,000,000


Beds: 3
Baths: 1
Square Feet: 1385
Lot Square Feet: 5290
Year Built: 1946

Delightful 3BR, 1BA one-level home at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac in Kensington. Designed by architect Paul Hammarberg, former Kensington resident known for important projects throughout the East Bay, 15 Arlington Lane embodies vintage charm along with the addition of modern, eco-friendly updates. The sunny living room features original hardwood flooring and is adjacent to the dining area. The kitchen updates include Energy Star appliances, sustainably sourced countertops and a built-in compost and recycling center, all with a nod to the past by reusing the original cabinets and marmoleum flooring. Three private bedrooms are separate from the living areas, and share access to the bathroom with updated vanity, tile and low-flow fixtures. An attached, 2-car garage also has built-in cabinets and shelves, while an unfinished area below the house provides opportunities for additional storage. The secluded backyard, a certified butterfly habitat, provides plenty of room to roam, mature fruit trees such as fig and plum, and a treehouse with swing. The home is conveniently located near the Upper Kensington shops, while also easily accessible to Colusa Circle, Solano Avenue and AC Transit stop around the corner. The property is zoned for Kensington Hilltop Elementary, a California Distinguished School and Gold Ribbon Recipient.

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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 also made it easier to commute from here. By 1930, the population grew from 226 to 1500. Today, the population is about 5,000 cozily squeezed into 1 square mile.

Even though Kensington is unincorporated, it 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 need in one of its two business districts: hardware store, bank, restaurants/pubs and a liquor store. 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 3% of all elementary schools in California