Berkeley: A Room (or Several) With A View

Street names can be funny things. “Wisteria Lane” in a gritty urban ghetto, say, or “Royal Crescent” in a humdrum suburban cul-de-sac.

Panoramic Way in Berkeley’s hills lives up to its name. I discovered it recently on a morning hike with a friend and it wasn’t just because I was out of breath after climbing Claremont Canyon to get there that I had to keep stopping to admire the view. It really does offer the most stunning vistas of the Bay, including the skyline of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Panoramic Way is also “above it all” in a different way. It’s a meandering, twisting street with several switchbacks along the way. You might want to check out the time it would take a fire engine to make its way to your home before buying here.

But if you are a professor at UC Berkeley’s Clark Kerr consider this: if you lived on Panoramic Way you could roll out of bed and down the hill to the campus before beginning your morning lecture (as demonstrated by map, below).

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There are two properties you might want to check out on this rather amazing road:

265 Panoramic Way is a $1,045,000, mid-century contemporary, three-bedroom that’s “Coming Soon” courtesy of The Grubb Company.

And the local paper lists 200 Panoramic Way as having an open house on March 4. It looks like a rather grand pile (below), priced at $2.75 million, but I advise double checking it’s still on the market before venturing up to the hills. A little online research didn’t inspire confidence either with regard to its price or its availability.

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