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"