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A Panoramic Hill Oasis...
Designed by local craftsman Berton D. Garey and built in 1981 resides a custom home with exceptional finishes and expansive views of the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Level in off a small cul-de-sac shared by another Garey home, it strikes a masterful balance with the natural landscape. Sited on a third of an acre, the grounds are private, lushly landscaped and studded with spectacular trees.
Influenced by the craftsman and midcentury homes of the East Bay, it has exposed redwood beams, floor to ceiling glass doors, rough hewn redwood board and batten siding and intricate redwood and mahogany detailing throughout. Each door, cabinet, window, beam was hand hewed with meticulous care. A story of lines, light and views this home has been artfully carved into the landscape creating a splendid retreat fit for entertaining or peaceful solitude.
The driveway leads to a level-in entry through a handcrafted dutch door. Once inside the living rooms open to a wall of glass, showcasing dramatic tree framed views and access to the multi-levels of decking. The architectural rhythm throughout moves your sightline across the spectacular bay views. The indoor/outdoor connection is pleasantly blurred. The kitchen has been updated with a suite of stainless steel high-end appliances and is open to the formal dining room. A wood burning fireplace, red oak flooring, skylights and gallery lighting add to these spaces. The lower level is home to all three of the bedrooms, two of which open to the lower tier of decking. There is a large bathroom with soaking tub, laundry closet and ample storage on this level. The exterior decks have built in benches, railings with incredible joinery and showcase the serene vistas from every vantage point.
The garden has been meticulously tended with deer resistant and drought tolerant species. It meanders through your own private canyon with a seasonal creek. There are paths and stairs with copper railings that lead to artful flagstone patios and quiet spaces to enjoy.
There is a one car attached garage with interior access, storage, two additional off street parking spots as well as driveway space.
First time on the market ever, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be the next caretaker of such a treasured home.
Landscaping Highlights: California Live Oaks, Maple, Bay, Echium Fastuosum, Star of Madeira Echium, Euphorbia, Juniper, Mexican Bush Marigold, California Butterfly Iris, Australian Tree Fern, Sword Fern various flax, Iris, Lavender, Rosemary, Butterfly bush, Potatoe Vine and Satsuma plum,
*The following parcels are being sold together: APN#48H-7701-7-1,
APN 48H-7701-5, APN 48H-7701-6, APN 48H-7701-31
Berton D. Garey
1944 - 2021
Living with Nature...
“Not only is this an area of great architectural significance, but the intimate relationship between houses, paths, and landscaping—all perched on the hillside, with narrow, circuitous Panoramic Way as their common bond—has resulted in a most charming and scenic district.
Panoramic Hill has been compared to a European hill town, but with its brown-shingle houses and lush vegetation, this “hill town” could only be found in the Bay Area. There are few sidewalks, but the many steps and paths will let you bypass the street often. The stunningly beautiful and romantic Orchard Lane, a classically inspired stairway designed in 1910 by Henry Atkins of Vickery, Atkins & Torrey, begins at the foot of the hill. Leading off in another direction is quiet Mosswood Path with its soft carpet of redwood needles. Arden Steps is arduous, but well worth the climb.
Co-existing with the early homes are some of the finest mid-century Modern houses. Set in such proximity, one can readily see the continuity and harmony between the redwood houses of the two eras.”*
Home to one of the most prestigious universities in the country, Berkeley offers the intellectual and cultural stimulation from its campus -- which is within walking distance of downtown. Berkeley has long been at the forefront of culinary innovation. Locals flock to the original Peet’s Coffee & Tea and for residents who like to savor their meals at home, nearby retail districts allow them to shop like Europeans, going from store to store to purchase everything they need.
Panoramic Hill is adjacent to Claremont Canyon regional preserve. The canyon preserve is made up of 208 scenic acres, with miles of picturesque hiking, off leash dog and equestrian trails to observe wildlife in its rightful home.
The demographic of the Hill hosts longtime residents, families, professors and students. The major thoroughfares are Telegraph Avenue, Bancroft Way, and College Ave, where street vendors, bookstores, galleries, record shops, cafes and eateries cater to the local residents. Nightlife is abundant, thanks to the proximity to campus, The Greek Theatre, Zellerbach Hall, and Downtown Berkeley theatres.
Downtown Berkeley BART station serves the neighborhood, as do a number of Alameda-Contra Costa Transit buses, making it a snap to get to downtown San Francisco, local airports, sports stadiums, and other locations in the Bay Area.
*Sited Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association 2005 (BAHA)