Nestled in Berkeley's highly coveted Claremont neighborhood, this zen-like retreat offers a sublime environment for those who seek privacy and serenity from daily life, yet value close commutes and proximity to the community around them. Built originally in 2004 and conceived long before by David Bass of Maven Builders, this home was carefully and thoughtfully constructed with an amazing environmental sensitivity to the verdant creek-side setting. There are four bedrooms, including a master bedroom suite, a media room, a fitness room, reading loft, and a spa terrace. The current owners, founders of a very successful company, we're able to create an amazing live/work environment with independently accessed office spaces to accommodate a number of employees and high-tech equipment.
With an exposed fir post and beam frame braced by vertical trusses, and a foundation that integrates 27 piers, each sunk approximately 20 feet into the ground, the construction of this home is one of great integrity. And yet, with finishing work including sumptuous details like the 100-year old Port Orford cedar doors, expanses of glass, a kitchen island created from a single burl of black walnut, copper range hood, and concrete countertops and mantelpiece the living spaces are exquisitely inviting and offer an almost sensory experience. Soaring ceiling and sliding walls of glass open to the outside decks encircling the property and provide a dramatic setting of peaceful serenity.
The access into the home is very discreet and private and yet proximity to San Francisco, Oakland and beyond via close commutes make this a very desirable location. World-class dining, private clubs, top-rated schools, and hiking/biking trails are also only minutes away.
Address: 95 Vicente Road, Berkeley, CA 94705
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