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A Panoramic Hill Retreat...
Sited on a cul-de-sac of Panoramic Hill 50 Arden Rd is a classic home with expansive views of the entire San Francisco Bay. Located on lower Panoramic Hill and just one parcel south of the Orchard Steps this is the best of both worlds: close to incredible hiking trails, both Downtown Berkeley & Elmwood commercial districts as well as the University campus.
Once inside the redwood walled living and dining rooms open to the deck through French doors showcasing breathtaking views. The vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, shoji screens and copper trimmed fireplace all speak to an era where craftsmanship soared. There are three bedrooms and two baths plus a redwood clad office at the top of the house. There is incredible indoor-outdoor flow as many of the rooms open to the landscape. Lovingly preserved and conscientiously upgraded this home is equip with a modern heat pump/AC system. The lot extends up to the next street and has various patios, a play house, planting areas and plenty of room to stretch out and garden. The basement area has ample storage and there is separate workshop and tool room.
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Living with Nature...
“Not only is this an area of great architectural significance, but the intimate relationship between houses, paths, and landscaping—all perched on the hillside, with narrow, circuitous Panoramic Way as their common bond—has resulted in a most charming and scenic district.
Panoramic Hill has been compared to a European hill town, but with its brown-shingle houses and lush vegetation, this “hill town” could only be found in the Bay Area. There are few sidewalks, but the many steps and paths will let you bypass the street often. The stunningly beautiful and romantic Orchard Lane, a classically inspired stairway designed in 1910 by Henry Atkins of Vickery, Atkins & Torrey, begins at the foot of the hill. Leading off in another direction is quiet Mosswood Path with its soft carpet of redwood needles. Arden Steps is arduous, but well worth the climb.
Co-existing with the early homes are some of the finest mid-century Modern houses. Set in such proximity, one can readily see the continuity and harmony between the redwood houses of the two eras.”*
Home to one of the most prestigious universities in the country, Berkeley offers the intellectual and cultural stimulation from its campus -- which is within walking distance of downtown. Berkeley has long been at the forefront of culinary innovation. Locals flock to the original Peet’s Coffee & Tea and for residents who like to savor their meals at home, nearby retail districts allow them to shop like Europeans, going from store to store to purchase everything they need.
Panoramic Hill is adjacent to Claremont Canyon regional preserve. The canyon preserve is made up of 208 scenic acres, with miles of picturesque hiking, off leash dog and equestrian trails to observe wildlife in its rightful home.
The demographic of the Hill hosts longtime residents, families, professors and students. The major thoroughfares are Telegraph Avenue, Bancroft Way, and College Ave, where street vendors, bookstores, galleries, record shops, cafes and eateries cater to the local residents. Nightlife is abundant, thanks to the proximity to campus, The Greek Theatre, Zellerbach Hall, and Downtown Berkeley theatres.
Downtown Berkeley BART station serves the neighborhood, as do a number of Alameda-Contra Costa Transit buses, making it a snap to get to downtown San Francisco, local airports, sports stadiums, and other locations in the Bay Area.
*Sited Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association 2005 (BAHA)