ENCHANTED HOMESTEAD IN THE KENSINGTON HILLS
Hidden in the East Bay Hills and resting directly in the embrace of Tilden Park lies an enchanted residence barely visible from the street. One feels miles from civilization here, even though the property is less than a 10 minute drive to downtown Berkeley. This breathtaking compound, abutting the parkland, is surrounded on all sides by gardens visible from every room in the house. Mature fruit trees, large, flat fully-planted floral beds and a grand-scale rock-terraced hillside frame the sprawling multiple-use dwelling that will lovingly accommodate your unique way of life.
The main house offers nearly 3,300 square feet of beauty, utility, and charm, with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Every room is graced with generous windows, and many skylights flood the home with light. Numerous bay windows and window seats beg you to take a moment to settle in and watch the sun dapple the magical landscape.
Three bedrooms and two full baths are located on the main level; there is no need to climb stairs.
There are two primary suites:
The two-room one downstairs has two closets and two decks, one leading to a state-of-the-art Paradise Spa hot tub nestled in a private redwood grove. Upstairs, another spacious primary bedroom has garden views, a cathedral ceiling, and a bath featuring whimsical tiles by Heath Ceramics.
Completing the second floor is a 400 square-foot (approx), high-ceiling space crowned by skylights and replete with enormous windows overlooking the canyon. This was used as an art studio by the seller.
An adjacent home office has floor-to-ceiling built-in shelves. Set it up as an art studio, an architect’s office, a family room — however you desire, to make it your own. It is a spacious, flexible, and welcoming space.
Currently owned by a renowned cookbook author and artist, the house features a true “chef’s kitchen” she designed with top-of-the-line appliances, ample prep and cooking space, and a beautiful view of the park.
Twelve best-selling cookbooks were tested and written in this eat-in space. (The books were also illustrated in the studio upstairs.)
Across the breezeway is a charming, sky-lit pantry, just paces from an herb and vegetable herb garden that has been lovingly tended. The rear gardens are labors of love- peaceful, quiet, private. A farm table next to an apple tree awaits your picnic plans.
The writer’s cottage has skylights, tons of built-in shelves, and large windows looking directly into the garden.
An additional guest unit with a full bathroom has separate access and, yes, spectacular views. It has been well-loved as a cozy space for au pairs as well as for visitors.
The two-car garage is augmented by parking space for several cars on the private driveway.
In coveted Kensington, this oasis is just a short walk from the Tilden Nature Area, Little Farm, and countless hiking trails. It is just minutes to North Berkeley (and on two bus lines) which, of course, includes all the culture the East Bay has to offer. And then some.