How to get top dollar Selling Berkeley real estate

March 4th, 2016

1912 Fairview Street Berkeley CA

Conveniently located off of Adeline and Ashby, this Berkeley neighborhood is an annexed area that joins with Oakland and Emeryville. Family friendly, the home offers immediate access to a neighborhood park and is a few short blocks from Ashby BART and Highway 580, offering a central location with plenty of options for commuters. Weekly farmers markets, weekend swap meets and lots of small local eateries and shops can be found all around this eclectic East Bay neighborhood.

The exterior has a whitewashed stucco facade with terracotta roof shingles and royal blue decorative tiles framing a cathedral style window. The lovely lawn is lined with florals and a driveway, while steps leading up to the front porch are supported with a wrought iron banister.

The interior holds plenty of charming period details, including decorative alcoves, baseboards, and original wood floors with vintage heating vents. Renovations to the kitchen and main bathroom effortlessly join contemporary upgrades with well preserved original elements. The space is cleverly designed with plenty of large windows and an open floorplan to maximize the flow of natural light, with elevated lighting options throughout the home.

Stepping through the front door, the foyer provides a deep coat closet and connects to both the living room and the breakfast nook. The living room is an ideal gathering spot- lofty peaked ceilings are accented with roof beams and wrought iron detailing. Stationary windows at the front of the house extend floor to ceiling, giving a glimpse of the tree-lined Berkeley Hills. Cathedral style windows complement the room’s unique shape with split light panels. A brick fireplace is framed by two addItional windows, and set into a stucco facade is topped with a decorative mantle and cutout display for cherished family mementos.

An open, peaked entryway leads to the formal dining room, with two decorative alcoves framing the view. An updated drum light fixture topping the table area is connected to a dimmer. The dining room anchors the common living space with open access to the kitchen while benefitting from a fireplace view of the living room. A tall set of double hung windows encourage a flow of sunlight into the space. A door connects the dining room to the back corridor and common bath.

The kitchen is a perfect example of contemporary upgrades effortlessly mixing with vintage details. The spacious silver flecked countertops and checked grey linoleum flooring complement the crisp white tile backsplash and shaker style cabinets with 1950’s pulls. An immaculate Wedgewood gas oven with griddle is nothing less than awe inspiring for period enthusiasts. An updated stainless steel basin is set under a view of the side yard and playground next door.

The cheerful breakfast nook is loaded with natural light, connecting to the kitchen with a peaked entryway and built-in hutch. Extending floor-to-ceiling, the hutch features French-doored glass display shelves and loads of hidden storage. A mini chandelier with artisanal glass shade top the table area.

Accessible from the dining room, the common bath features immaculate subway tiled floors and a sparkling surround tiled shower with bottle green glass accents over a vintage bathtub. Updated Kohler fixtures include a sprinkling showerhead and classic chrome faucet set in the pedestal sink. A double hung window is inlaid with privacy glass and unique wire & glass sconces add an element of texture to the vanity area. Other details include a built in carved wood bench and soft ceiling light.

A corridor connects the common bath with the bedrooms. It includes an ample linen closet and access to the attic.

Located in the back of the house, the master suite is tranquil and sunny. Spacious enough for a well lit-reading spot, the room has a corner of double hung windows overlooking the backyard and beyond to the neighborhood park. With an updated classic milk glass ceiling light and step-in closet with tall overhead shelves and a built in shoe rack. lighting, neutral walls with baseboards. The master bath is tiled in vintage ‘Mamie Pink’ with green accents covering the half walls and step-in shower, making the room a retro delight. Also features an open medicine cabinet, wall sink and window.

The secondary back bedroom holds some of the same details as the master suite, with a corner of double hung windows overlooking the yard and an alcoved door. A long step-in closet extends the length of the wall, providing tons of additional storage as well as overhead shelves and a built in shoe rack.

The front bedroom makes a perfect guest room, with twin double hung windows, a step in closet and and updated ceiling fixtures.

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