A historic Arts and Crafts style home is now up for sale in Berkeley, California. Last available on the public market in 1914, the property features the footprint of an original cottage, along with several additions completed in the 1920s. Today, the home retains its century-old charm with decoratively notched redwood beams, vintage hardware, and arched window alcoves overlooking a romantic garden.
Known as the Ericsson-Bray House, the structure was originally built as a small cottage in 1911 by local builder Carl Ericsson, who designed it as a speculative property. Its second owners, Nora and William Bray, purchased the home in 1914 and expanded it throughout the following two decades, hiring Nora’s brother, architect John Hudson Thomas, to complete several additions.
According to the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, the home’s living room, dining area, kitchen, and stairwell were part of Ericsson’s original floor plan. Thomas later extended the entry hall and added both a library and a bedroom in 1921.
The association also notes that Thomas returned to the home in 1929 to oversee the addition of a piano alcove and conservatory off the living area. Yet perhaps most alluring is a "secret" room Thomas added above the conservatory, accessible from two of the original upstairs bedrooms.
In total, the residence now offers five bedrooms and two full bathrooms spread out across over 3,000 square feet and three levels. The property is secluded on a charming tree-lined street in Berkeley’s Northside neighborhood. Keep scrolling to see more of the home, currently listed for $1,450,000.
2708 Virginia Street in Berkeley, California, is currently listed for $1,450,000 by Daniella Brower and Norah Brower of Compass.
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