a luxury property presented by josh dickinson
262 cambridge ave, kensington sold for $1,775,000


Beds: 5
Baths: 4
Square Feet: 2,922
Lot Square Feet: 5,152
Year Built: 1928

Grand 5BR, 4BA 1920s Traditional home in Kensington with breathtaking Bay and bridge views. Generous living room beckons for entertaining with its gleaming hardwood floors, barrel vault ceiling, arched windows and access to the deck. The formal dining room connects to the renovated kitchen, modernized with new quartz counters, appliances & terrazzo tile floors. Main level also features a spacious bedroom and fully remodeled hall bathroom, equipped with new double-vanity, walk-in shower and tile. Two bedrooms on the second level, one of which has a secret hideout for adventurers, share a vintage bathroom with bathtub and overhead shower. Up a few stairs reveals the stunning views afforded the primary bedroom, with vaulted ceilings and views from each window and door. The ensuite bathroom has a newly tiled walk-in shower, and adjacent walk-in closet. The lower level has a separate entrance and features a sitting area, bedroom, kitchenette and bathroom, an ideal configuration for an au-pair or guest suite. The backyard has room to explore and play, while also feeling very private. Two-car garage with built-in storage and laundry adjacent to the kitchen. Located a short distance to Upper Kensington shops 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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