a luxury listing by Josh Dickinson
1701 spruce st, berkeley 2,850,000


Beds: 5
Baths: 4.5
Square Feet: 3729 sf
Lot Square Feet: 8000 sf
Year Built: 1932

Majestic Mediterranean masterpiece in Berkeley’s coveted Northside neighborhood. Catch your breath in the entryway as you feel the history of this space...the two-story staircase, archways and original hardwood floors, all maintained to honor their origins. The living room is anchored by the fireplace and exudes charm with its exposed beams and large picture windows that draw you outside. The adjacent pentagonal sunroom with tile floors, cove ceiling and an abundance of natural light represents a perfect location for reading and reflection. Heading to the back of the house, prepare to nourish family and friends in the amazing chef’s kitchen with custom cabinetry, Wolf range, Subzero refrigerator and large island. Main level also features spacious breakfast nook, formal dining room, bedroom/office + powder bath. At the top of the stairs, step into the primary suite sanctuary with private balcony for San Francisco views, ensuite bathroom with walk-in shower, Jacuzzi tub, dual sinks + walk-in closet. The upstairs also includes two additional bedroomswith ensuite bathrooms, laundry room + library. The private backyard, accessed from the lower level or off the kitchen, begins with the large deck overlooking the majestic California Oak, multitude of roses, of raised garden beds. Passed the pond and up the stairs, unwind on the bench and look out tothe jacaranda tree, clay tile roof and Bay views beyond. Additional features of the property include:r 700+SF of unfinished space on the lower level used for storage, closets + wine cellar; detached one-car garage + lower level 1BR/1BA accessory dwelling unit apartment ideal for a rental, au pair or guest suite.The location is unbeatable with proximity to UC Berkeley, North Shattuck restaurants, Downtown Berkeley BART and world-class healthcare + schools.





Berkeley is a city that transcends its small population. While it is only the 51st largest city in California (and only 4th largest in Alameda County!), Berkeley is world renowned for academic achievement, free speech and the arts. Originally part of the northern Oakland Township, its new name was adopted in 1866 after Anglican Bishop George Berkeley and applied to both the town and the College of California's new location along Strawberry Creek (later known as UC Berkeley).

Berkeley grew immensely following the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, and again during WWII with many wartime jobs in the area at places like the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond. Later, the city became synonymous with social change and political activism, as the hippie movement spilled out of San Francisco in the late 1960s. Berkeley was the center of national attention in 1974 when Patty Hearst was kidnapped from her apartment at 2603 Benvenue Avenue by the Symbionese Liberation Army.

Today, UC Berkeley is one of the world's top universities. North Berkeley, inspired by places like Chez Panisse, Cheeseboard Collective and Peet's Coffee, is a premier food destination. Brilliant masterpieces from architects Bernard Maybeck and Julia Morgan abound. Coupled with its natural amenities, such as Tilden Park to the east and the Berkeley Waterfront to the west, Berkeley is one of the most desirable places to live in the US, if not the world!

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