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In the heart of Berkeley, nestled between the majestic Claremont Hotel and bustling College Avenue, this stunning and spacious Craftsman - circa 1913 - offers a sophisticated lifestyle with formal living and dining rooms, an updated chef’s kitchen with an attached family room, and an inviting back garden perfect for sipping coffee or al-fresco entertaining. A handsome central staircase leads to an upstairs consisting of four sunny bedrooms including a primary ensuite, generous closets, and laundry. The lower level provides flexible finished space with a large family/media room, mudroom, full bathroom, and separate entrance. Grand and gracious, this thoughtfully renovated home consists of many period details throughout, including box-beamed ceilings, hardwood floors, and dual French-pane windows. With a Walkscore of 91, it’s both rare and wonderful.
The Claremont neighborhood straddles the Berkeley and Oakland borders and features lush landscaping, curving streets that hug the canyon hills, and open space. Homes on the leafy side streets provide old-fashioned Berkeley elegance, with turn-of-the-century brown shingles, revivals, prairie-, custom contemporary-, and Tudor-styled structures offering residents a place to call home within the landscaped confines.
The landmark of this area is the majestic Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, a vast Victorian edifice perched on 22 acres in the hills. Three outdoor pools, 10 tennis courts, a full-service spa, a fitness club, and three onsite restaurants deliver stunning views, and the resort has become popular with generations of locals as a luxurious getaway.
Elmwood's shopping district on College Avenue in Berkeley offers old-fashioned shops, access to the Rockridge Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), grocery stores, bookshops, and flower stands. Restaurants, a movies theater, and a bakery are all a short walk away.
The Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve is 208 acres of open space managed by the East Bay Regional Park District and more than 200 acres outside of the canyon owned by the University of California, Berkeley. Garber Park, a 13-acre oak-and-bay-tree woodland south of Claremont Avenue, is owned by the city of Oakland. Trails reward ambitious hikers with panoramic views of San Francisco Bay.