Legacies Start Here ...

Sold: 1620 Le Roy Avenue

Berkeley, CA

  • Offered at $ 1,998,000
  • Sold: $3,700,000 on 06/10/2022
  • Seller Represented


  • Huge view home being sold for the first time since it was built in 1933
  • Coveted Northside location *just close enough* to campus and just far enough up the hill for a big view
  • Grand Spanish Mediterranean style – the quintessential California home 
  • Five bedroom/two and 1/2 bath home + legal one bedroom unit connected by interior stairs
  • Expansive living spaces with intricate 1920s details and sweeping views from the Campanile to Marin
    • Tole painted, hand carved exposed beam ceilings
    • Two (originally wood burning) decorative fireplaces
    • Mahogany doors and moulding details
    • Dramatic Arts & Crafts style sweeping staircase with wrought iron railings
    • Original wrought iron light fixtures throughout
    • Built in “linen press” style cabinetry, and a hidden laundry chute
  • Large, refreshed modern-style open kitchen with laundry and “butler’s pantry” area
  • Kitchen features new quartz counters, new wall ovens and new fridge as well as gourmet gas cooktop, two sinks, cool retractable counter outlets and custom removable maple cutting board detail
  • Yard is directly accessible from the kitchen via an expansive view deck and from lower unit
  • Main level has entry foyer, living, dining, kitchen, family room, guest room and 1/2 bath
  • Upper level has four bedrooms and two full baths
  • Lowest level has utility/furnace room, knotty pine family room with additional decorative fireplace, and legal one bedroom unit with separate entrance
  • Home is surrounded by mature gardens starting with a huge cactus garden in the front and flowing past an ancient Redwood to a secret fireside retreat at the far rear of the property
  • 1 car garage parking + 2 car driveway parking
  • Year built: 1933
  • Square footage: 3,948 per graphic artist
  • Lot Square Footage: 6,966 per tax records

Legacies Start Here …

1620 Le Roy Avenue is the kind of home that forms a foundation for lives to be lived.  It has been such a home since it was built in 1933 and it is now ready to support new occupants in achieving greatness.  This grand home’s architecture references the Spanish Mediterranean style as well as Arts & Crafts influences, but what you will notice most is being comfortable, at ease, and in awe of the view.  Everything flows just as you might hope from the very Western and ancient cactus garden in front, to the gated formal entry where the arched, weighty mahogany front door flanked by original Carrera marble urns overflowing with flowers.  As you enter the living room to the left you are greeted by an almost level view of UC Berkeley’s famous Campanile, and, if you look carefully, you might just see one of the falcons who nest there returning home to feed their young.  Turning to the right and looking west, the San Francisco skyline and Golden Gate Bridge are also in view, as are the hills of Marin, anchored by the silhouette of Mt. Tamalpais.  The floorplan flows through the dining room to the great room style kitchen and family room with a convenient breakfast nook, where you might just spend all day looking at the garden, water, the sky and thinking of how twice a year the sun sets right in the center of the Golden Gate Bridge.  Completing this level are a huge view deck, a large butler’s pantry with laundry, a half bath, bedroom/study and access to stairs both up and down.  On the top level there are four good sized bedrooms off of a central foyer, graced by so many linen cabinets and a huge walk-in closet.  There is a hall bath and another one positioned between two of the bedrooms Jack and Jill style.  All of the bedrooms, but particularly the one in the south west corner have wonderful outlooks.  On the lowest level of the home there is a knotty pine style game room with charming decorative gas logs and a legal one bedroom apartment with its own entrance.  The rear garden features mature plants and several distinct areas that will allow even the largest group to find a comfortable place to enjoy the outdoors.  The deck off of the main living spaces flows to a lawn, which in turn steps down to a patio off of the 1 bedroom unit and that in turn leads to an almost secret fireside respite.

No description of this home can be complete without a nod to the amazing location.  Just far enough north of campus to be convenient but not overrun and just far enough up the hill to get a view, you can enjoy traveling to many essentials without a car.  It is mere minutes to some of the best parts of Berkeley – with easy access to Live Oak and Tilden Parks, as well as the Rose Garden and the best music venue in the Bay Area.  And the culinary delights of North Shattuck may be almost too close: Pizza at the Cheesboard Collective is hard to resist even if you don’t have to pass it on the way home and birthdays at Chez Panissemay just become part of your routine!  

1620 Le Roy Avenue, Berkeley, CA, USA
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