Tuscan Estate  

901 Cragmont Ave. Berkeley, CA 94708

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Norah Brower
Phone: 510.540.6934
Office: 510.982.4400
Cell: 510.703.6934
Fax: 510.845.2402
License #: 01197240
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  • Price: 2,800,000
  • Property Status: Sold
  • Property Type: Single Family Residence
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Lot Size: 29,172 sq. ft.
  • Interior Size: 3,630 sq. ft.
Property Description


     On a remarkable two thirds of an acre mostly level site, sits this enchanting romantic Mediterranean house with beautiful San Francisco Bay views and incredible privacy. It has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a 1 bedroom, 1 bath au-pair with a separate entrance and a 2 car garage at the street. It feels like a Tuscan estate. One has no notion of what is beyond the front facade and as one enters the front door, it starts to reveal itself.  From the dramatic, vintage, original, floor-to-ceiling stained-glass window to the massive beams, the niches, the quaint fireplace with built-in seating area and those framed Bay views through arched windows. There is a quiet elegance to this space, which is partially open to the family room and dining room, and from where one catches a glimpse of what is beyond.

      The dining room with Mexican tile pavers, a niche, a wine rack and built-in shelving has gorgeous San Francisco Bay views. The kitchen is stunning with its assortment of beautiful Talavera tiles artistically arranged, a solid cherry butcher block island with recycling bins below, Cesar-stone counters with a high counter for informal dining, a large deep sink and a smaller additional one with a filtered water faucet. It also has Talavera switch plates and knobs on the small drawers. There is substantial storage in the cabinets and drawers, a 6 burner Wolf range and oven, a Sub Zero refrigerator, a Bosch dishwasher and a wine cooler. A cabinet in the corner cleverly hides access to the pet door.

      The Mexican pavers link the dining room, kitchen and family room, where windows and doors look out to the magnificent, expansive yard. An opening in the wall allows one to see through to the living room.

      A charming bedroom which can be a guest suite or office near the family room has a fireplace and a skylight. It has dark stained engineered oak floors as do all the bedrooms. 

      From this area, one moves up 3 steps to the beautiful 2006 two story addition, built with sensitivity to the style of the original house. All 3 bedrooms in this addition look out through windows and double French doors either to the yard or to the terrace and view. The family room and 2 lower level bedrooms each have their own tiled patios.

      The spectacular master suite with cathedral ceilings is generous and looks out to the incredible yard through the windows as well as to the Bay views. A pair of French doors leads out to an intimate terrace with amazing S.F. Bay views, Mount Tamalpais and the spectacular yard. The master bathroom has a tub with jets, a steam shower, separate toilet and double sink with Napoleon brown marble counters. A generous walk-in closet sits off the double sink area and has access to the attic.

       Walk outside the family room and down some steps to a 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom au-pair with an alternate entrance at the front of the building. Next to the au-pair is a basement with hot water heater, furnace, another set of washer and dryer and ample storage.

       All the windows are dual pane, except for the main level bedroom and the stained glass window.

      Enjoyment of the outdoors can be had from so many places on this property. Savor a glass of wine on the terrace while watching the dramatic cloud formations in the Winter time or the fog roll in and out in the Summer time. Watch the flock of birds catching the updrafts as they move to and fro. Watch the sailboats, the ferries or the large ships move in and out of the Bay. The yard which abuts Codornices Creek is super-expansive and private and it feels like being in one’s own park.  Strolling around the yard, one discovers some wild areas of ivy and blackberry and some cultivated areas with lawn, fruit trees, shrubs and flowers. A hot tub sits in the middle with magical views of the Bay.  There are 2 plum trees, 2 apple trees, I pear tree a Meyer lemon tree and a grape vine. There is a tool shed towards the rear and an old leaning shed which could be restored. A parking pad at the top of the driveway can support 4 – 5 cars.  A shared driveway from Cragmont Avenue leads up through an electronic gate to a parking pad. 

       One could put a ping pong table in the yard. A swimming pool? A mini vineyard? A chicken coop? Children's play equipment? Another garage or guest house? Many possibilities.  

      Close to Codornices Park and the Rose Garden and minutes to U.C. Berkeley. Solano Ave., Monterey Market and North Berkeley BART.