An Impeccable Midcentury Compound in the Berkeley Hills Wants $3.4M

An Impeccable Midcentury Compound in the Berkeley Hills Wants $3.4M

By Kathryn M.
The main residence and one-bedroom guesthouse abut the forests of Tilden Park.

Perched above the woods of Tilden Park in Berkeley, California, a recently listed compound comprises a 1954 main residence and detached guesthouse. The property’s acre of lush gardens offers a quiet and conveniently located city retreat.

Surrounded by a verdant landscape, a restored two-property estate is nestled in the hills of Berkeley, California. A three-bedroom main residence and a one-bedroom guesthouse are joined by thoughtful landscaping.

Dark wood clads the walls of the entranceway, which leads to a bright, spacious living room.

Inside the main house, period details include tongue-and-groove wood, exposed beams, brick fireplaces, and expansive windows along the rear facade. Public and private areas are differentiated by different levels with the living room, dining area, and kitchen at the front of the home and three bedrooms toward the back. In the living room, vaulted ceilings and wall-to-wall glass overlooks the manicured lawn.

An original planter separates the hallway from the living area, which sits a few steps down from the main entrance. Wood and glass are dominantly featured in the space.

A closer look at the living area and original brick fireplace. Floor-to-ceiling windows enclose the room on two sides, with French doors opening to the patio.

A look at the wall of glass that continues around a corner of the living room.

The main house offers an updated kitchen, as well as three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. The spacious master suite comes with a private deck, which adds to the property’s numerous patios. An unfinished basement offers another half bath, as well as an additional 221 square feet of flexible space. 

Outside, a series of stone-and-concrete steps lead from the main residence down to the detached guesthouse. The similarly designed structure features its own living area, kitchen, and bedroom, all of which open to the surrounding gardens.

Around the bend from the living room, a dining area comes complete with an original built-in pizza oven, as well as built-in seating and storage. A small pass-through connects with the kitchen.

A closer look at the original wood-fired pizza oven and adjacent built-ins.

A wooden bench spans one wall in the dining room, while an expansive picture window frames views of the surrounding parkland.

The completely remodeled kitchen boasts new appliances, cabinetry, and finishes. Natural wood cabinets contrast with the original flooring.

The kitchen also provides direct access to the outdoor patio.

Wood lines the hallway leading to each of the home's three bedrooms.

A blue-painted ceiling adds a touch of color in the master suite, which also offers a private outdoor space.

All of the bathrooms have been modernized with new finishes.

Another one of the bedrooms features built-in shelving.

Steps wind down to the guesthouse.

The detached structure offers an additional bedroom and bathroom, as well as a full kitchen and glass-encased living area.

Though smaller in size, the guesthouse features a similar palette of materials. Wood-clad walls complement an original brick fireplace and a wall of windows.

At the back of the living room is a dining area adjacent to the kitchen. The bedroom and bathroom area are accessible from a small hallway to the left.

A peek at the single bedroom in the guest house.

The kitchen features a full-sized range and refrigerator, as well as wraparound cabinetry.

A closer look at the exterior of the guesthouse, with Tilden Park forming a striking backdrop.

Editor’s Note (8/3/20): Previously listed for $3,450,000, this home has sold and is currently off the market.

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