Hear ye! Hear ye! A Bernard Maybeck home has stepped out of the pages of history and onto the MLS.
Built in 1907 by the architect famous for the Palace of Fine Arts, this five-bedroom Craftsman house has all the cozy refinement and whimsy that were the designer's trademarks. It even has a barn believed to be the last in Berkeley.
With just a look at the facade—all redwood shingles, lattice, fleur-de-lis, and sweet red trim—any romantic would fall in love; and then immediately swoon inside upon catching a glimpse of the majestic marble fireplace poetically inscribed with the words of Alfred Lord Tennyson: "Ring in the love of truth and right, ring in the thousand years of peace."
If you're looking for a flipper, forget this house. With a redwood kitchen and vintage sink, a large library with a vaulted ceiling and views of the bay, and high exposed beams that lend a country-retreat-for-royals vibe, this 3,250-square-foot residence is for lovers of novelty and history.
The upstairs has a brighter mood, though, with coved white walls and ample windows, and of course warm redwood underfoot and framing windows and doors. The master suite has a study and doors that open onto more than half an acre of forested grounds. It is there you can take your copy of Call of the Wild for a stroll to the barn—it has electrical and plumbing!—that once served as a potter's studio with an outdoor kiln. This is the stuff of which romantic dreams are made.
Location: 1321 Bay View Pl. (Berkeley)
Size: 3,250 sq. ft.
Asking price: $3,500,000
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