You'd never really have to leave home (can you say shelter in place?) if you moved into this nearly 5,000-square-foot shingle house in the Berkeley Hills, where sunny zen vibes and a half-acre of lush grounds feel like a retreat just above the city.
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Partially designed by Ace Architects, the five-bedroom home has high ceilings and plentiful windows throughout, as well as multiple fireplaces to keep things cozy.
Find an array of communal spaces on the main level where the grand living room has space for two seating areas—one around a dramatic, wood-burning fireplace, and and another breezier setup against a large window. Step through French doors to enter the library with custom bench seating, built-in shelves, and a gas fireplace for chilly nights.
For hosts who love to entertain, there's a large kitchen with beautiful stone countertops and loads of cabinets for storage; an elegant dining room with lots of daytime light; and a casual breakfast nook. The highlight of this level, however, is the Ace Architects–designed garden room: With a soaring glass ceiling, intricate woodwork, and a wall of windows, it serves as a foyer to the sprawling, lush backyard.
Upstairs are four bedrooms including the master suite, also designed by Ace Architects. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase views of the bay and the garden, while the jack-and-jill bathroom has a soaking tub and playful tiles.
On the bottom level, there's a one-bedroom, one-bathroom in-law unit plus another studio with its own bathroom that can be used to rent out, as a workspace, or to host company.
But our favorite thing about this home is the ample outdoor space, where multiple decks and gardens promise an alfresco oasis.
Location: 906 Indian Rock Ave. (Berkeley)
Size: 4,862 sq. ft.
Asking price: $2,695,000
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