Saturday, April 2, 2011

Open This Sunday and Next--7180 Buckingham Blvd., Berkeley

Rare Two-Level Living in the Claremont Hills--7180 Buckingham Blvd., Berkeley

Live comfortably on two levels in an open floor plan. The kitchen, with nearly new appliances, opens up to the family room, with the dining and living rooms beyond. The cathedral ceilings add to the feeling of spaciousness while the hardwood floors convey warmth. A bedroom and full bath on this level are perfect for guests or as an office.

The home's large master suite and additional bedrooms and bath are on the lower level. Enjoy a sauna after a weekend of skiing. Or a nice long soak in the master bath Jacuzzi. An en-suite fireplace keeps things nice and cozy! Walk-in closet--of course!

Great Indoor-Outdoor Feel

Sizeable decks adjacent to the living, dining and family rooms, and each bedroom, create a wonderful indoor-outdoor flow, expand the functionality of the home, and create spaces in which to enjoy the privacy, peace and quiet and canyon views. The protected banana-belt location mean you can really put those decks to use!

With its south-facing orientation, this home's big windows and numerous skylights bring in the famous East Bay light.

A No-Worries Home

Carefully maintained by its current owners (see the List of Improvements), the home has been seismically improved. Air conditioning, so rare in the East Bay, reduces allergens. With towering redwood trees rather than a lawn, there's no grass to mow!

The big two-car garage can handle your sports toys, and there is additional storage below the home. A security system provides peace of mind, and the neighborhood offers a real sense of community.

Homes in this area of Oakland bear Berkeley mailing addresses (though owners pay lower Oakland taxes, and can attend the highly rated neighborhood elementary school rather than participate in Berkeley's school lottery).

Convenient Location

Hear birds, not traffic! Just a block off the classic cycling route to Skyline Boulevard and Grizzly Peak, the home is just a short distance to the mountaintop’s many parks and preserves. The current owners have walked out the front door and enjoyed a long day of hiking! Imagine returning to the master-suite sauna and dinner on the deck.

Commutes are a breeze, whether to San Francisco (via Rt. 24 or Rockridge BART), the South Bay (via Rt. 13) or Berkeley/Oakland/ Emeryville. Avoid the Caldecott Tunnel entirely and commute to Lamorinda and the Tri-Valley area up and over Fish Ranch Road--the secret "back way." Perfect for households with split commutes.

The home is in the catchment area of highly ranked Kaiser Elementary School, and is near Bentley and the Hiller Highland Country Club's pool, putting green, gym and facilities (monthly fees). Domingo Avenue, College Avenue, and Orinda shopping and restaurants are surprisingly closeby.

For photos and more, see this link.

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