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Built in 1951 by R.W.Ratcliff for the Kniveton family, this home is sited to take advantage of its sweeping views. With an early take on mid-century modern, the great room with its easy access to the outdoor patio area is a natural for entertaining. The two bedrooms are down the hall and have views from the Golden Gate Bridge to beyond Mt. Tam. The concrete brick construction and open beamed ceilings are rustic, but the overall feeling is simple elegance. The walls and ceiling in the great room have been sandblasted to reveal its original beauty. There is an unpermitted outbuilding that is a delightful office retreat, warm with wood paneling and stained glass. The 10,000 sq. foot lot is downslope with paths and steps and is awaiting some garden renewal. The owner lived here since 1963, reveling in every moment, and it is time for the next adventure for this home.
Great Room with Open Beam Vaulted Ceiling
Ephemeral Views and Vistas
Radiant Baseboard Heat
Nearby Hiking Trails
Short Jaunt to Berkeley and the Elmwood
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.