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Exquisitely designed by an award-winning local builder, 2241 Glen Avenue is a uniquely flexible 4+BD/3++BA, 4432 square foot custom Modern awash in the sounds of a burbling waterfall on Codornices Creek, yet just steps from Berkeley’s coveted Gourmet District. Thoughtfully designed for maximum flexibility and beautifully crafted with no expense spared, the home’s open floor plan allows for expansive single-family living but could be configured to create as many as three gracious living spaces. Perfect for entertaining, this rare level-in home features an expansive level rear yard with a huge patio and z-fold glass doors that open onto a large wrap-around deck, providing a dazzling indoor/outdoor flow – the best of California living. Sun-washed rooms, multiple bonus spaces, and spa-like baths provide the feel of a private retreat, and the dramatic focal point of common spaces - a magnificent chef’s kitchen - was designed with entertaining in mind. The spacious primary suite includes a luxurious bath and walk-in closet, while a second suite might serve as an internal in-law or guest dwelling unit with kitchenette and laundry room. Timeless and elegant, the home features modern, clean lines and sophisticated details including white oak floors, custom cabinetry, luminous skylights, and fir-trimmed windows. Luxurious practical amenities include 7-zone radiant heat, voice-activated Smart systems, Nest thermostats, and two on-demand water heaters.
At the front of the home, the main entry opens onto the light-filled formal living room with white oak floors, peaked ceiling, and a series of fir-framed windows overlooking the sheltered front patio. The adjoining open dining room is large enough to accommodate holiday meals for extended family and friends and elegant enough for intimate candle-lit dinners as well.
Beyond the dining room, the magnificent chef’s kitchen is the heart of the home, well equipped for creating elaborate celebratory meals or simple family dinners. The large prep island and breakfast bar is ideally situated for friends and family to gather for a casual meal, a glass of pre-dinner wine, or a chat during meal prep. The discerning home chef will appreciate the new Dacor appliances - a 6-burner gas stovetop, built-in convection oven and microwave, plentiful custom cabinets, and a second food prep area with sink and dishwasher. The combination of soaring ceilings and z-fold glass doors to the wrap-around deck create an expansiveness of space and a lovely indoor-outdoor flow - perfect for entertaining.
To one side of the kitchen, a large mudroom illuminated by dual skylights includes a built-in custom wardrobe and shelves to hold necessary outerwear at the ready. From there a hallway leads to a spacious bonus/family room/office lit by a series of windows on one side and glass French doors that open onto the deck. Isolated, this wing can become a full-service studio space with sleeping loft. A ‘wet wall’ has been plumbed for the installation of a shower in the oversized powder room and a possible kitchenette in the living space. On the other side of the kitchen, two generous bedrooms share a beautifully tiled bath with a shower over a soaking tub and a custom floating vanity.
Downstairs, the marvelous flexibility of the floor plan becomes apparent as two large suites and an expansive bonus/family room were designed as an extension of the main level or to create a spacious interior 1BD/1BA in-law or guest apartment.
A glass door in the sophisticated primary suite opens onto a gorgeous stone patio - a peaceful spot for coffee or brunch accompanied by the burbling creek running along the rear fence. The adjoining spa-like bath features a luxurious soaking tub, separate walk-in shower with frameless glass door, a custom floating vanity, and a large walk-in closet. The second suite features a spacious bedroom sitting area and dual closets. The adjoining bath features a walk-in shower and custom floating vanity. In addition to the two suites, this level includes an expansive bonus room with floor-to-ceiling windows and a kitchenette with 2-burner cooktop, Fisher + Paykel fridge, and Bosch DW.
This gorgeous home with its creek-side setting is the best of both worlds, near Codornices Park, the Berkeley Rose Garden, and Tilden Regional Park yet just minutes from vibrant Downtown North Berkeley and its abundance of world-class eateries.
North of Downtown and west of the University of California, Berkeley is North Berkeley. This town is popular among commuting students due to the quick and easy commute the location offers. The neighborhood of North Berkeley is the home to two popular parks in the city of Berkeley. The first one is Berkeley Rose Garden. This park features a huge garden with amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. The other park is Live Oak Park, a wooded area with recreational fields, playgrounds, and walking trails.
North Berkeley is known for its wide variety of food and drink choices. In town, there are plenty of restaurants and bars to visit, many of them highly rated. Restaurants include Chez Panisse, Grégoire Restaurant, Nico's 1508, FatApple's Berkeley Restaurant and Bakery, and Crepevine. Bars in the area include Pacific Standard Tap Room, Tupper & Reed, Albatross Pub, and Kip’s Bar and Grill. North Berkeley is a great place to live especially if attending college and living near other college students is a priority.