Privacy, proximity and panoramas, the ultimate trifecta. This executive home is a rare offering in the coveted Claremont Hills of Berkeley. Descending the sunken front steps through the lush front yard, anyone entering the home is immediately struck by the massive floor to ceiling wall-to-wall windows framing million dollar views.
Unfiltered 180-degree outlooks of the San Francisco Bay, Downtown Oakland, the Peninsula, and Claremont Hills are captured on both levels.
This one of a kind bi-level floorplan spans over 2400 square feet featuring 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The main level features soaring ceilings, a cozy fireplace, guest bedroom suite and bonus space for office/media room. The open flow between the living room, dining room and relaxing deck is an entertainer’s dream. Dramatic skylights and French doors unite the sleek chef’s kitchen with the peaceful front patio. The lower floor offers a spacious owner’s suite with jaw dropping vistas, along with an extra bedroom and bathroom which can double as an AuPair/apartment with its own separate entry & kitchenette, perfect for visitors or renters. Enjoy your morning coffee or take in the glorious sunsets over the iconic San Francisco Bay from both the upstairs & downstairs walk-out decks
This residence offers the best of both worlds, a discrete idyllic setting perched peacefully atop of the world, while located mere minutes from the vibrancy of a world-class city. The historic Claremont Resort & Spa, UC Berkeley, Bentley School, chic Rockridge/Elmwood shopping districts and swift access to highway 24 & 13 are all nearby.
Plenty of street level parking on the outdoor driveway as well as a 2 car enclosed garage with interior access for convenient entry & exit. The opportunity to own a spectacular view property like 496 Gravatt Drive tailored for the modern lifestyle is hard to come by.
The Claremont neighborhood straddles the Berkeley and Oakland borders and features lush landscaping, curving streets that hug the canyon hills, and open space. Homes on the leafy side streets provide old-fashioned Berkeley elegance, with turn-of-the-century brown shingles, revivals, prairie-, custom contemporary-, and Tudor-styled structures offering residents a place to call home within the landscaped confines.
The landmark of this area is the majestic Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, a vast Victorian edifice perched on 22 acres in the hills. Three outdoor pools, 10 tennis courts, a full-service spa, a fitness club, and three onsite restaurants deliver stunning views, and the resort has become popular with generations of locals as a luxurious getaway.
Elmwood’s shopping district on College Avenue in Berkeley offers old-fashioned shops, access to the Rockridge Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), grocery stores, bookshops, and flower stands. Restaurants, a movies theater, and a bakery are all a short walk away.
The Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve is 208 acres of open space managed by the East Bay Regional Park District and more than 200 acres outside of the canyon owned by the University of California, Berkeley. Garber Park, a 13-acre oak-and-bay-tree woodland south of Claremont Avenue, is owned by the city of Oakland. Trails reward ambitious hikers with panoramic views of San Francisco Bay.
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