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Three-Bedroom Mid-Century Stunner with Views of the Bay
A sprawling, single-level ranch house with Mid Century Modern touches, this 3,069-square foot charmer lies in a quiet, tree-lined enclave. Originally built for Andronico Market’s patriarch, Frank Andronico, this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath beauty has been lovingly preserved by founder’s family throughout the decades. A living legacy that began as a depression-era mom-and-pop grocer, this Kensington address holds a storied slice of North Berkeley history.
Set on level lot and dotted in drought-resistant landscaping, a circular motor court affords easy entry and exit. Across the threshold, guests are greeted by a sunlit interior with floor to ceiling glass. Thoughtfully designed with an open concept floorplan, a spacious, fireplace-clad living room lined in maple hardwoods bleeds seamlessly into a formal dining area with slate flooring and vaulted, beamed ceilings. Replete with a wet bar and rotisserie grill, the dining room is serviced by a refreshed kitchen and granite countertops.
Continuing onward, the opposite end of the house affords a trio or bedrooms, including two master suites. Recently reimagined with quarts counters, tile showers, and tile flooring, both en-suite bathrooms offer a duo of sinks. Illuminated with with three new solar tubes in the bathroom and hallway, the home has been furnished with a brand-new roof.
Seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor living, a pair of sliding glass doors lead outward to an enormous covered patio that spans the entire length of the house. Perfect for outdoor entertaining, an outdoor dining area and firepit are backdropped by sweeping views of the Bay. Equipped with an attached, oversized two-car garage with built-in workbench, plus a flexible bonus room that could be easily converted into a home office or art studio, this spacious single-family home affords endless possibilities.
- Expansive, 3,069-square foot Mid Century Modern home
- 3-bedroom, 2.5-bath abode with flexible bonus room
- Voluminous open footprint
- Maple hardwoods and slate flooring throughout
- Living room with wood burning fireplace
- Dining room with vaulted ceilings and custom bar
- Refreshed kitchen with high-end appliances and granite counters
- Remodeled bathrooms with quarts counters
- Private, fully fenced backyard perfect for kids and pets
- Attached, oversized 2-car garage with built-in workbench
- Near Berkeley Country Club and Tilden Nature Area
Thanks to its proximity to the University of California, Berkeley campus, Kensington may boast the largest number of Nobel Prize winners of any community in the world. But one look at this neighborhood of large homes in the hilly streets above Berkeley, its commanding views of the Bay Area, and sunny terraced yards will explain why this community is one of the most sought after in the East Bay. Famed architect Bernard Maybeck had a home on Purdue Street. The homes he designed here at the turn of last century have become an informal blueprint for the signature home in Berkeley. These well-proportioned homes are designed for family life and dinner parties. Shingle siding, rustic construction, and bright expansive vistas are the hallmark of the homes in Kensington. Tilden Park provides the boundary to the east. Miles of biking and hiking trails, a miniature steam train, exhibition farm, merry go-round, and the naturally landscaped swimming hole at Lake Anza make Tilden a popular destination for families. Transportation via Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is convenient. Heading on Colusa Avenue leads to the El Cerrito Plaza BART station and a short drive down Arlington Avenue takes you to North Berkeley BART and North Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood. There are two distinct shopping districts in Kensington.