Architectural Heritage And A Peaceful Retreat In The North Berkeley Hills


The mist was rolling in off the Bay and there was a smell of wood-smoke tinged with Eucalyptus in the air when I visited this appealing house on Keeler Avenue.

There is something compelling about the north Berkeley hills generally. Most of the homes on these twisting, winding streets have been there for some time. It’s an established neighborhood set amid swathes of trees and greenery. Some of the houses are eccentric, as I imagine some of the residents are too – but in a nice way.

This 3 bed/2 bath home, nestled among all the foliage, was designed by architect Elizabeth Austin in the 1930s.

It has some lovely features – I particularly liked the fine wood casement windows, the hardwood floors, the sensitively remodeled kitchen and the fireplace in the master bedroom which is on a lower level. I imagine on foggy days one would appreciate the extra warmth that would bring.

The master bedroom does not have an en-suite bathroom and the space for a dining table is relatively small.

The first floor back deck looks over an ample garden with many mature trees and partial Bay views and there’s a study tucked in the back of the house which also gives onto the garden.

The asking price is $975,000 and there was a definite buzz about this newly listed home on the open Sunday I stopped by.