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Stroll down Regent Street and you’ll notice a
stately looking Colonial Revival home at
2633. Grand in its own right, it belies the rest
of the story. For through the gate you’ll find
another private garden with a brown shingle Craftsman and separate
brown shingle cottage.
the early 1900’s, this enclave is typical of the large extended
family spreads of the “Hillegass Tract,” of which this a
part. It seems after the 1906 earthquake, San
Franciscans were coming in droves to Berkeley.
Just as they do today. This area was especially sought after … it
was close to College Avenue, and it had larger than normal lots and
grander homes than a lot of Berkeley
In this case, the front house of 2633 has
grand rooms, with 5 bedrooms,
great details and is ready to be restored to its former
glory. The brown shingle Craftsman in the rear
garden is true “Berkeley” style … with wooded paneling and details,
larger open living room with fireplace and 3 bedrooms and a
loft. And the brown shingle cottage
is perfect for guests, tenants or ricochet “twenty
The family enclave at 2633 Regent is being
offered for sale for $1,495,000. And it’s
now ready for families of all definitions to make it a home of
For a private showing of
this home, just give us a
Barbara Reynolds, Buyers Agent, Listing Agent, Luxury Homes, Invest (McGuire Real Estate)
the heart of Berkeley’s South campus region sits the wonderful
neighborhood referred to by locals as “The
Elmwood". Following the great San Francisco
quake of 1906, rebuilding efforts gave life to this “streetcar
suburb” as part of the 1900’s housing boom. Elmwood, in its
early years, was comprised mostly of affluent business men and
their families seeking quality homes near the University of California,
This desirable neighborhood, stretching along College and Ashby
Avenues, lies on either side of this popular intersection.
Take note: many Elmwood hotspots can be found
venturing along this path. Residents and visitors
alike find it hard to resist the handmade ice creams, sorbets,
candies and cookies freshly served at “Ici.” A line can be
seen even in the dead of winter in front with happy followers
gathered to taste the spectacular ice cream phenomena.
Trattoria La Siciliana is another go-to
destination … whether you’re in the mood for an intimate
dining atmosphere or just some outstanding Italian cuisine.
Continue your stroll down the street and there you’ll find
other food favorites such as: Espresso Roma Café,
Nabolom Bakery, Beanery, Filipino and Dream Fluff Donuts just to
name a few. Nostalgic and trendy, the local boutique
and gift shopping is always fun in Elmwood. Pop into
Jeremy’s, Lulu Lemon, Sweet Dreams toy store, Mrs. Dalloway’s
bookstore, Vintage Berkeley Wine Shop or Casa Chocolate for the
most exquisite handmade and extraordinary divine treats.
Helping to shape this walker’s paradise are the
architecturally interesting homes and tree-lined streets along with
many outdoor activities. Neat gardens, brown
shingled- houses, along with homes from the Arts and Crafts
Movement and Colonial Revival are plentiful within Elmwood.
Nearby Rockridge and Claremont join Elmwood as some of the
East Bay’s most valued locations.
On the artistic front, the Julia Morgan Center for Arts,
located at 2640 College Avenue, is a National landmark
bringing artistic development and appreciation to the community and
its youth. Julia Morgan, California’s first women’s
architect, is famously known for her captivating work at the Hearst
Castle, approximately 250 miles down the Pacific Coast from
Elmwood. Her beautiful redwood Center for the Arts was
originally designed as an Elmwood church and Sunday school.
Elmwood, rich with artistic inspiration, is also the
resident nesting spot of many celebrated authors and
artists. This is what makes it an artistic melting
pot just south of the campus of UC.
Stop by our office in the Elmwood at 2991 College Avenue
and say hello!
Barbara Reynolds, Buyers Agent, Listing Agent, Luxury Homes, Invest (McGuire Real Estate)
5-year slump, this summer has been the summer of multiple
Berkeley-Oakland. One astonishing example is a
recent listing I had in the Elmwood on Piedmont Avenue (see
2620 Piedmont Ave.).
It was an historic house – the Gester House – and close to
campus with 4 bedrooms and about 2,700 square
feet. We listed it for $1,195,000. Truly, I
expected a few offers. We had over 30 disclosure packages
out. But we got 15 offers! And it ended up
going over $300,000 above the asking price!
To be sure, it was marketed well and broadly. We cleaned
and staged. But it’s also an indication of the demand
for homes in the Elmwood area of Berkeley. The Elmwood has
become the destination of choice for Buyers in
2012…it’s close to coffee and campus, walk to everything
and it’s an urban, but nice neighborhood.
In this era of tweets and Facebook and being constantly connected, the most
important thing is to be close to everything that’s
happening…in the Elmwood.
Pacita Dimacali, Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA (Alain Pinel)
Sunday evening we felt
like going out for a bite to eat. Didn’t want to go to the same old
haunts and wanted to experiment. Decided to go to
Berkeley/Oakland’s College Avenue. Walked up and down and stopped
at what looked like a hole-in-the-wall. The young girl sitting
outside invited us in, and swore that the food is great. A customer
who was waiting for his party agreed. So we went in, and were
promptly seated. Perfect timing! Less than two minutes later, there
was a loooonnnnnggggg line of people outside. Hmm...obviously a popular place
We’ve never been to this place.
Didn’t know what to
The place is small and
can probably accommodate only about 60 people. Very narrow place,
with more seating in the second floor. The staff was busy, busy,
busy but super-friendly.
Shortly after being
seated, we were immediately served a basket of bread and dippling
oil. We were immediately
hooked. Don’t know what they had in the oil --- saw garlic,
parsley, rosemary, maybe some red pepper flakes and salt.
Thought if our intro to this restaurant was this good, then that it
is a good sign.
Specials for the
There were two specials
that night, and we ordered them both: lasagna andosso
scrumptious ---it looked and tasted like it had a combination of
béchamel and tomato-based sauce. It ranks, in my opinion, as one of
the best I’ve ever had.
The osso bucco was
equally good…the meat was so tender and was literally falling off
the bone. Happily, it was served with polenta, another
Decided to try their
dessert . Wanted both thepanna
but only had room for one. Again, that tiramisu must rank as one of
the best ever. It was more like cream and custard.
Gary and I looked at each
other. We have been pining for a new favorite restaurant since our
previous Oakland favorite, Il Porcellino closed its
doors. And now, we found it!
This is a lovely traditional home in the Elmwood; Berkeley's
coveted neighborhood near College Avenue and the Claremont Hotel.
The home has classic designs for a property built around 1916 and
it has plenty of upgrades. The country kitchen is open and airy,
has high ceilings and leads to a large, lovely level garden. There
are lemon and orange trees, plus majestic redwoods. The formal
dining room is beautiful with 9' ceilings and perfect for
entertaining. An elegant living room is very spacious with the
original wood trim and built-in bookcases. Also a large family room
with a full bath on the main level. There are three large bedrooms,
a sun room, and another full bath on the upper level
3+ bedrooms, 2.5 baths
Classic design with plenty of upgrades
Spacious elegant living room with
original wood trim and built-in
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