The Sun-Drenched Berkeley Craftsman Features Stunning Original Woodwork Throughout The House
One of Berkeley's most unique dwellings, which is a two-story Craftsman-style dwelling designed by Edward B. Seeley and slated for sale in the near future, is sure to provide a true taste of the Craftsman style once it hits the market. Located in the upscale Claremont Court subdivision of Los Angeles, the home was built in 1907, making it one of the first to be built in the neighborhood.
Nestled behind an exquisite Beaux-Arts-style entrance of ivory-hued terra cotta, created by John Galen Howard, the supervising architect of U.C. Berkeley, lies a luxurious community centered around the iconic Claremont Hotel. As early as 1915, this hotel was recognized as being one of the largest wooden buildings west of the Mississippi, when it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
There is a 115-year-old Craftsman house on the grounds of this Berkeley landmark, built in 1902 for a prolific developer of real estate, John Albert Marshall. Marshall was also a contractor who paved quite a number of Berkeley's sidewalks thanks to the cement he used in his constructions. A few blocks from the campus outskirts, the house sits in the shadow of the Berkeley hotel and is just a few steps away from the Berkeley hotel.
It is estimated that the house has approximately 5,500 square feet and has seven bedrooms, four bathrooms, as well as many original features, such as stained glass windows, hand-painted wall coverings, original light fixtures, crown moldings throughout all the rooms, and stained glass windows in the style of Art Nouveau.
However, what really makes this house so special is the amazing woodwork that is present throughout the house. In addition to the mahogany paneled walls and railings, and the oak floors with intricately inlaid marquetry, the ceilings are adorned with box-beamed ceilings, there are pocket doors, and built-in hutches, all of which are designed to last a lifetime.
This house is not without its positive features, but I find the most notable of these to be its outdated kitchen and bathroom areas, which are well maintained, despite their age, in spite of the fact that they are outdated.
It goes without saying that this house's unfinished basement and attic, both large enough to accommodate two roller skates each, along with the attic's unfinished nature prevent it from being able to realize its full potential, as Rich Report points out.
Despite the fact that, with a bit of polishing, one can easily envision the house becoming an absolute showpiece with a little more effort if a bit more work is put into it.
The asking price for the .28-acre property is $4.995 million, which is a lot below market value. The listing is held by Jason Hoffman and Ali Healy of Compass Real Estate.