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SOLD WITH MULTIPLE OFFERS, for $2,815,000!
This light-filled home has true classic elegance, a lovely eat-in kitchen, Bay & SF views, great flow to the large yard, and spaces for all your needs! The location is fantastic, nestled in the lower Berkeley hills, just blocks from campus and the North Shattuck “Gourmet” area shops and restaurant, near Cordonices Park and the Rose Garden.
The updated kitchen has ample storage, lush Carrara countertops, high-end appliances including a Viking range, and an eat-in area with wrap-round banquette seating. Unloading groceries is a breeze, as there is direct access to the kitchen from the driveway parking, and there are also French doors to the garden!
Running along the whole south side of the main level is the spacious living room. It gets great light from a multitude of tall multi-paned windows, and also from the French doors that open to the back patio. The living room has built-in bookcases on two walls, and a fireplace. You’ll love the classic hardwood floors that run through the home, and the vintage pocket doors at the entrances to both the living room and the separate formal dining room.
2580 Buena Vista has 3 generously-sized bedrooms, including the primary, which is a true suite. In the primary suite you'll find: a large main room with two closets, a window seat, and views of the Bay and San Francisco; a second attached room that could be used as a dressing or reading room or a nursery; and an attached full bath. The second-floor office (see below) is also connected.
There are two other bedrooms, each with a nice bonus. The one at the front of the house has Bay and Mt. Tamalpais views, as well as two closets and a window seat. The other has direct access to a balcony overlooking the back garden.
This home also has an array of additional rooms and bonus spaces, so you can find the perfect place for all your activities. In the main house, there are two offices: one with built-in bookcases on the main level, and another on the second story, with access both from the main hall and the primary suite, that looks out on the bay. In addition, there is a sweet detached cottage that has the third full bath.
A temperature-controlled wine room with built-in shelving for wine, books, or other collectibles was created from the garage, but it could be converted back or adapted to another use if preferred. If you need still more space, check out the large detached flex-space at the upper view patio, which has loads of potential. It could be used for storage, or adapted as a home gym, art studio, etc.
LARGE YARD: According to public records, the lot is 9520 square feet*, which is about double-size for our area. There are multiple hang-out spots, including a big front porch, the back patio off the living room and dining room, and an upper view patio where you can enjoy the sunset over San Francisco, or lounge by the outdoor fireplace. The indoor-outdoor flow is great for entertaining or everyday life. The sunny garden has lovely plantings, including roses, lemons, passion vine, rosemary, lavender and more.
VIEWS: You'll love waking up to gorgeous views of the Bay, San Francisco and south past the Port of Oakland from the primary suite, and other upper-level rooms have views as well. In the yard, the upper patio has views of the Bay and San Francisco, and a view to the Golden Bridge out past the Berkeley Pier and Alcatraz. This is a gorgeous spot to take in the sunset and unwind with a glass of wine after a long day!
STRUCTURE: This classic 1924 home has a new-millennium foundation -- it was re-done in 2003, along with drainage and seismic upgrades.
LOCATION: This location is hard to beat: a bit in the hills, so you get the views, but not too far – 1/2 mile to UC Berkeley, and just slightly further to the North Shattuck “Gourmet” area shops and restaurants (Chez Panisse, Cheeseboard, etc.)! You’ll find that being near a world-class university has great benefits. If you work at Cal, your commute will be a breeze, and even if you don’t, you’ll love the easy access to sporting events, lectures, and performances! Head down to Euclid Ave. via the La Loma steps, and you’ll find Berkeley’s gorgeous Rose Garden, public tennis courts, and Cordonices Park (with a playground, 40-foot concrete slide, baseball/softball fields, a basketball court, picnic areas, and trails though the sunny glade and groves of oak, bay, and redwood trees) right up the street.
(* Note that home size, lot size and year of construction are from public records, but are not verified or guaranteed.)
Marilyn has been a top-producing agent in the Berkeley area since 2002. Her deep understanding of the market and her comprehensive approach to the preparation and marketing of homes have led to truly exceptional results for her seller clients. When working with buyers, she offers candid assessments of not only the highlights, but also the potential concerns with prospective homes, and is an excellent guide through the challenges of buying in a competitive market. She is straightforward and easygoing, but also analytical, organized and detail-oriented. Her extensive relationships within the local real estate community allow her to find opportunities and successfully advocate on behalf of her clients.
A Berkeley resident for over 30 years, Marilyn Garcia grew up in New England and graduated from Dartmouth College. She moved to Berkeley in 1988 to attend Cal where she received her Ph.D. in economics. After a number of years as an economics professor, teaching classes in macroeconomics and financial markets to undergraduates and master’s students, Marilyn decided to make her passion for real estate her full-time focus.
Marilyn lives in a classic 1950 Roger Lee mid-century modern with her husband and their Milo Foundation rescue super-dog. They have one daughter, who graduated from Berkeley High and Brown University. Marilyn’s interests beyond real estate and her family include art (museums and artist open studios), great architecture of any style, travel, farmers’ markets, origami, and Cal rugby.
Marilyn is, quite simply, the best agent I've ever worked with anywhere. Rather than go into detail about her immense local knowledge, her natural kindness, her uncanny intuition; instead of expounding on the ease with which she navigates the sometimes byzantine process of buying or selling a house in the Bay Area, and in lieu of describing her wit, sense of humor, and professionalism let me say since interviewing and hiring her several years she has since bought a house for me; sold a house for me; bought another house for me; bought a condo for my mom; sold that condo for my mom; bought a friend's house; bought another friend's house; and bought a friend of that friend's house. In other words, once you work with Marilyn you will be proud to recommend her to everyone you know and there is no bigger compliment than that. - Jason K.
Marilyn is an outstanding real estate agent. She has now bought 1 property and sold 2 for me over the last 15 years. She knows the local market extremely well and how to position a property for successful sale. Her description of the ideal buyer for our last home was shockingly accurate! Marilyn went out of her way with our most recent sale by overseeing some fix-up work on the house (we had already moved) and putting in a bunch of sweat herself. She really rolls up her sleeves to get us the best outcome! Did I mention - on top of it all - she's just a really pleasant person? Down to earth, consultative, calming, and rational are all terms I would use to describe her. Don't hesitate choosing Marilyn for your next sale or purchase. - David W.
Being a mortgage lender myself, I have dealt with thousands of real estate agents. Marilyn doesn’t simply stand out in the crowd – she truly stands above all others for her thorough knowledge, professionalism, dedication, attention to detail, down to earth attitude and client-oriented performance. - David S.