In 1946, Cal School of Architecture graduate Henry Gutterson (Class of 1905) took home an AIA award for his contributions to the profession—he had collaborated on several projects with the famed Bernard Maybeck, contributed to the Panama-Pacific Exposition and, as supervising architect, designed 75 houses in San Francisco's tony St. Francis Wood.
But it was back in 1914 that Gutterson, who also studied at Paris' Ecole des Beaux-Arts, started his own practice; a year later, he witnessed the construction of this Arts and Crafts gem in Berkeley's Thousand Oaks neighborhood.
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Anything but cookie cutter in style, the 3,800-square-foot, four-bedroom home embodies the19th century British and American movement to revive handicrafts and, in Gutterson's hands, is an utterly charming nod to history that feels perfectly relevant—and livable—today.
The home has a brick facade with decorative windows and elegant white trim, and promises a dramatic entrance thanks to a windowed and redwood-paneled foyer that glows with natural light. The warm wood paneling continues throughout the house, as does the brilliance of ample sunlight, especially in the living room where a cathedral ceiling with exposed crossbeams rises a heavenly 20 feet.
French doors let in leafy views throughout the main floor and even open onto a 1,000-square-foot south-facing edible garden, complete with deer-proof fencing, that bursts with vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, and even some exotic superfoods. In the dining room, a classic floral-print wallpaper picks up on the eden vibes, while both the kitchen and dining area open onto the yard.
A house such as this must have a grand staircase—take the curving redwood steps past leaded glass windows, which peek out to views of SF, and head upstairs where two of the four bedrooms have en suite baths (there are four bathrooms in all). Here you'll also find an office, sun room, and a deck with a hot tub. A separate "moon garden" is planted with night-blooming jasmine and evening primrose, as well as milkweeds and dutchman's pipevine which provide a habitat for endangered monarch butterflies and pipevine swallowtail butterflies.
Modern amenities including solar panels, dimmable LED lighting, and a two-car garage finish out the home, which is minutes away from local gems including Monterey Market, Cheeseboard, and Indian Rock Park.
Location: 715 The Alameda (Berkeley)
Size: 3,800 sq. ft.
Asking price: $2,350,000
// For more information, visit 715thealameda.com.
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