934 ARLINGTON AVENUE BERKELEY
Built in 1919, the house offers panoramic views of San Francisco, the Bay, and the Golden Gate Bridge, and includes formal living and dining rooms, four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a powder room, chef’s kitchen, two sun parlors, a finished basement with bonus rooms, and an attached garage workshop.
The home’s wonderful curb appeal pays homage to the clean, symmetrical lines of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie architecture, but also shares design features favored by the Arts and Crafts movement that was so prevalent in California at that time. A long driveway assures plenty of off-street parking, and a beautiful front garden is protected by a brick wall and vintage wrought-iron gate that provide privacy from the street.
Inside, a wide, formal entry welcomes you to the house, and offers a preview of the large, beautifully finished rooms that make this home so special. The foyer ends at the spacious living room that was designed for entertaining and features an elegant golden oak floor and traditional crown moulding on all of the windows and doors. A large picture window provides views of the sculptural California oaks in the expansive back yard and beyond. A fireplace with a raised hearth and limestone surround offers another vintage detail, as does the nine-foot, tray ceiling that contributes to the grandeur of this impressive room.
A handsome sun parlor is adjacent to the living room, accessed by a wide, open doorway. The room is embellished with a tray ceiling, crown moulding, and classic mahogany on the many window mullions and muntins. The golden oak floor was laid with an oak border, and sunlight pours in through windows on every wall.
The large, formal dining room is stately without being imposing. The room showcases a beautiful, built-in mahogany Arts and Crafts hutch, oak floor, and tray ceiling. Sliding doors give access to the rear deck, making indoor/outdoor entertaining a breeze.
Although period detailing is found in the kitchen with its Douglas fir floor and art glass backdoor, the room is designed to be a highly functioning kitchen. No expense has been spared on the professional-grade, stainless steel appliances that include a BlueStar double-oven gas range, and a built-in Miele coffee machine and Miele speed oven. The kitchen includes a casual dining area that is flooded with sunlight, and large enough for family meals.
A traditional staircase ascends to the second floor and three of the home’s bedrooms, including the master bedroom suite. An updated bathroom at the top of the stairs is next to a large hallway linen closet, and includes a cast iron soaking tub, a tiled, walk-in shower, hex-tile floor and a white vanity with a Carrara marble top.
The impressive master suite offers spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, and the San Francisco Bay. French doors open to a wonderful sun porch that was most likely originally used for a nursery or study, now a versatile space that can be turned into a fabulous closet, dressing room or home office. The en-suite, spa-like bathroom utilizes spectacular rose-colored marble tiles for the floor, walk-in shower, and as a striking base for dual sinks.
Two other large bedrooms are situated on this floor, and each offers beautiful original details that include a golden oak floor, a closet airing window, crown moulding window and door trim, and picture rails. One bedroom faces the front garden, and the other has beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge over a virtual sea of California oak and other ancient trees. A fourth bedroom is located on the first floor, situated to the left of the front door. This room has direct access to the powder room, ideal for a guest room, library, or office.
A special feature of this home is the heated finished basement that includes a full bathroom and two bonus rooms. Easily large enough for a playroom or teen gathering space, a backdoor also provides direct access to the beautiful, expansive backyard.
Nearly one hundred years old, this spacious, elegant house is reminiscent of a less harried, more ordered time. This truly special home emanates sophistication and tranquility, and will undoubtedly provide a cherished home for the fortunate new owner for decades to come.
Notable Features of 934 Arlington Ave.
- Built in 1919
- 3063 SF, 7425 SF Lot (per public records)
- Panoramic SF, Bay, Golden Gate views
- Formal entrance hall
- Formal living and dining rooms
- Four bedrooms
- Three bathrooms
- One powder room
- Eat-in kitchen
- Two sun parlors
- Finished basement with bonus rooms
- Attached garage workroom
- Professional kitchen appliances
- Original door and window casements
- Vintage hardwood floors
- Nine-foot ceilings
- Mahogany trim in formal rooms
- Picture rails
- Tray ceilings
- Crown moulding
- Expansive deck for entertaining
- Large backyard with storage shed
- Close to Solano Ave., Gourmet Ghetto
- Easy access to BART, UC Berkeley
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