a luxury property presented by josh dickinson
7361 claremont ave, berkeley offered at $2,950,000


Beds: 5
Baths: 4
Year Built: 1923
Square Feet: 4742
Lot Square Feet: 6532

Historic 5BR, 4BA home nestled into a wooded hillside near the Claremont Hotel and Spa. The main level features a light-filled living room with original hardwood flooring and exposed beams, as well as a vintage eat-in kitchen with a balcony for BBQ or cocktails. This level also includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms and multiple bonus spaces for an au pair, family room or game room. The upper level owners’ suite is graced with vaulted ceilings, private bathroom and additional bedroom which could also function as a nursery or home office. This level also has direct access to the upper yard, with separate areas for al fresco dining while enjoying sweeping canyon views and gardening. The lower level of the original estate is currently being used as a rental. The grand stone staircase has been preserved but closed off to the main floor. 
7361 Claremont also includes detached caretaker’s quarters, along with entitlements to add two bonus accessory dwelling units (ADUs). The permitted 1BR ADU is located in the current right garage bay, currently under construction with updated facade. The permitted 2BR ADU is an expansion of the existing shed structure at the top of the property.  
7361 Claremont Avenue represents the romance and architecture of Berkeley in the early 1900s, yet with modern upgrades and amenities. Once part of the large land ownership of the Holabird Estate, the building boasts unique and exceptional details including keystone arches, fireplace bricks with century old horseshoes & hidden hearth seating and, grand staircases. In addition, a small artistic wall of prohibition bottles can be viewed in the rear garden, a tribute to the local lore that this was once the site of Prohibition bootlegging operations.  
Tucked behind the Claremont Hotel and Spa and walkable to Elmwood, Rockridge, and UC Berkeley, the property feels secluded in the canyon just moments to protected and serene Garber Park with its lush hiking trails. Yet the cafes, stores and amenities of the Claremont District and Elmwood are around the corner, as well as access to the 13/24 freeways and AC Transit 80 to BART for commuters.  
Jerri Holan, FAIA a nationally-recognized architect and BAHA member (Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association) notes "The 5 plex of 7361 Claremont is a unique and beautifully intricate brick construction dissimilar to any other structure on Claremont, clearly built with extreme skill and preserved with care" 


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Berkeley is a city that transcends its small population. While it is only the 30th 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 northern Oakland Township, the 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. The Gourmet Ghetto, inspired by places like Chez Panisse and Peet's Coffee, is a premier food destination. Brilliant masterpieces from architects Bernard Maybeck and Julia Morgan abound. Coupled with its natural amenities from the Berkeley Hills to San Francisco Bay, Berkeley is one of the most desirable places to live in the US, if not the world!

Useful Links:
City of Berkeley Homepage
Berkeley Unified School District
The Daily Californian
University of California, Berkeley

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