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Set privately on a discrete hillside in the Claremont Hills on a long driveway off the beaten path, this serene mid-century estate home commands spectacular panoramic five bridge views from an exquisite oversized parcel of nearly one and one half acres. This secluded home was previously designed by the owners in 1955 in collaboration with Case Study architect Beverly D. Thorne and inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, and then re-built after the fire in 1994. The multi-faceted jewel of a home is positioned amid verdant gardens, with expansive view decks in front, on the side and in back. Enjoy ultimate privacy and indoor-outdoor flow with MadMen style and the best views of the Bay! Open living/dining room with floor to ceiling windows, vaulted ceilings and skylights open to multiple patios for seating and entertaining. The remodeled eat-in kitchen has new appliances and countertops. Two of the three bedrooms have their own en-suite baths, outdoor access and breathtaking views. With a study, downstairs family room and spacious wine cellar this special home offers space, style and storage galore. The two car garage, workshop and plenty of storage are well-conceived for practical living. Surrounded by nature - the gorgeous California landscaping is home to birds, fawns and more. This spectacular and unique home is absolutely unsurpassed in its sheltered setting and exclusivity. It awaits the most discerning buyer. All just minutes from downtown Rockridge, Elmwood and freeways.
- 3++ bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 half baths
- Panoramic 5-bridge views
- Nearly 1.5 acres of land for a truly sheltered experience
- Breath-taking mid-century architecture inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright
- Elegant post & beam construction, rebuilt in 1994 with steel reinforcement
- Open floor plan, multiple patios and great indoor-outdoor flow
- Wine cellar, extra storage and family room
- 2-car garage and additional tandem parking for up to 6
- All set on a “secret” parcel of land just minutes from downtown and the SF commute
The original design and construction of the home was completed in 1964. Beverly D. Thorne, the architect best known for the Dave Brubeck Residence and Case Study House #26 collaborated with the owners on the design as a testament to Frank Lloyd Wright's design principles of simplicity, geometry and integration with the site for openness and indoor-outdoor flow. After the devastation of the 1991 firestorm, only the massive central concrete chimney remained. But by 1994, again in collaboration with Beverly D. Thorne, the owners had rebuilt and returned to the steel reinforced reincarnation of the post and beam home they had built thirty years before.
The Claremont Hills straddle the Berkeley and Oakland borders and feature lush landscaping, curving streets that hug the canyon hills, and open space. Pheonomal views of the cities of Oakland, Berkeley and acroos the Bay to San Francisco, with The Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and beyond, are a big draw. Houses and properties are generally larger and more recently built than most homes in nearby Claremont.
The landmark of this area is the majestic Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, a vast Victorian edifice perched on 22 acres in the hills. Three outdoor pools, 10 tennis courts, a full-service spa, a fitness club, and three onsite restaurants deliver stunning views, and the resort has become popular with generations of locals as a luxurious getaway.
Not far from the Elmwood's lively shopping district on College Avenue in Berkeley that offers old-fashioned shops, access to the Rockridge Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), grocery stores, bookshops, restaurants, a movie theater.
The Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve is 208 acres of open space managed by the East Bay Regional Park District and more than 200 acres outside of the canyon owned by the University of California, Berkeley. Garber Park, a 13-acre oak-and-bay-tree woodland south of Claremont Avenue, is owned by the city of Oakland. Trails reward ambitious hikers with panoramic views of San Francisco Bay.
This property has been sold.
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