Berkeley: Asking Price? I Don’t Think So


It baffles me sometimes how realtors and homeowners decide on an asking price.

This gorgeous Charles S. Kaiser designed Arts & Crafts style home has just come on the market for $1,995,000. But it is patently obvious it will go for more than that – possibly much more. This house is included on architectural heritage tours for goodness sake! Do people just relish the excitement of a bidding war, I wonder?

The particularly appealing aspects of this 5-bed/3-bath, 3,044 sq ft home are its myriad original features. The windows, wood-paneling and in-built seats and cabinetry are almost to be expected. But there is also a lovely little library (below), a reading room, a large semi-covered back deck with views of mature Redwoods and steps down to the garden, and a wonderful sun room on the first floor – positioned between two bedrooms – which literally drew admiring gasps from open-day visitors the day I saw the house.


It might cost $655/sq ft but you sure can see what you’re spending your bucks on.

The entrance with its pretty, private garden and trellised front porch (above) is delightful. The kitchen is spacious and includes both an eating area and a “sitting around on sofas” area. There’s a semi-converted basement too.

The downsides: the back garden, although a good size and very secluded, is crying out for a landscaper’s touch (it has huge potential); the shingles, particularly on the back of the house, looked old; and the house is tucked very snugly in between its neighbors.

The street is one of Berkeley’s most desirable, in the Claremont Court enclave. The house two doors up also recently went up for sale, but you would have to add another $900,000 at least to snag that one.

I will report back one day on how much this gem goes for. I don’t want to be proved wrong.