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This sublime 1924 Mediterranean combines charm with practicality, good separation with lovely together spaces, beautiful interiors with gorgeous well-conceived exteriors, all in a STELLAR North Berkeley location! Mix in a dreamy, large, remodeled kitchen that opens to the yard, and it adds up to a rare chance to have it all!
• 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, including primary suite
• Large remodeled chef's kitchen that opens to the yard
• Walk Score® 93, Bike Score® 97
FROM THE CURB:
It all starts at the street, with great curb appeal that comes from the combination of original architectural details, lush landscaping and beautifully-curated updating touches that include lighted entry steps and a cool cutout-metal porch awning. The level driveway leads right to the side entry porch, offering easy access with groceries, or a fun spot to play.
Inside you’ll find a layout with privacy for each of the three bedrooms but also gorgeous central living spaces. There’s room for everyone to gather in the wonderfully-equipped chef’s kitchen, which features tons of storage, stone countertops, a breakfast bar, a Bertazzoni gas range, a study or work nook, additional hang out space, and access to the yard! The formal dining room has gleaming hardwood floors, which continue through the kitchen, living room, and bedrooms for great flow. The living room is both cozy and bright, with a charming fireplace with built-in display niche and flanking bookcases, and large windows to bring in the light. The bedrooms surround the shared living spaces, each at its own corner of the house. The primary suite has a full wall of closets, a stylish en-suite bath with dual sinks, and French doors the garden.
Outside, the serene back garden completes the picture with great privacy, lovely plantings, and spots to hang out or dine. It’s directly accessible from the kitchen, as well from two bedrooms (the primary and one other), giving great indoor-outdoor flow.
When it’s time to venture out, you’ll fall in love with this fantastic North Berkeley location, which the website walkscore.com rates as both a “Walker’s Paradise (Walk Score® 93, Daily errands do not require a car)” and a “Biker’s Paradise (Bike Score® 97, Daily errands can be accomplished on a bike).”
The home itself is on a quiet block, but you have super easy access to the best of Berkeley, including:
Properties like this don’t come around often – don’t miss it!
(Square footage of home and lot not verified or guaranteed by Listing Agent or Sellers. *Square footage of house from 2013 drawings/plans for remodel permit. **Square footage of lot is from public records.)
COVID-19 protocols will be in place; open houses are not allowed at this time. Please view all online property information before requesting a private showing. Showings are limited to 2 people from the same household with an agent. Your agent can schedule a showing, or contact Marilyn if you are not working with an agent.
Marilyn has been a top-producing agent in Berkeley 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 now attends 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.
Marilyn's combination of empathy for her clients and confidence in her market knowledge carried us through the extreme ups and downs that home buyers inevitably confront in Berkeley and vicinity. Marilyn draws from a deep well of personal and professional experience to advise clients on the East Bay real estate market. She seems to know every corner in Berkeley, Albany, and El Cerrito and the individual sale histories of many, many houses. Marilyn has also earned an impeccable professional reputation in her dealings with other realtors and real estate professionals. Nearly every open house agent we talked with knew her and many expressed personal affection for her. These professional relationships repeatedly proved key sources of valuable details about market conditions. I can't remember any request for time or information that Marilyn did not cheerfully fulfil. She could not have done more for us. I attribute our success in finding a great home in Berkeley to her guidance. - Rod N.
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.
Our property was listed with another agent for much of last year and did not sell. With Marilyn as the listing agent, it sold quickly, with multiple offers, for a great price, with exactly the terms we were looking for. Marilyn’s marketing was creative and wide-reaching, and showed a real understanding of what buyers were looking for. - Joanne C.
In our eyes (and hearts) you're nothing short of a Navy SEAL when it comes to making things happen and getting the job done! Going beyond the call of duty is a rare quality and for that I owe you much thanks for your efforts. I would not hesitate for a moment to encourage anyone serious about selling their home to work with you. - Eric A.
Finally, the wonderful chaos of moving into our own special version of "This Old House" has subsided enough for me to tap out a long-overdue and heartfelt note of thanks. Your amazing work in helping us sell our Berkeley home helped make our dream in Santa Rosa become reality. I cannot imagine making it through without your steadfast support, advice and patient understanding. We relied on you so much, as a matter of fact, that I still worry we were "problem clients." But throughout the entire process, whenever I felt I was on the verge of being overwhelmed, I needed only to call you for reassurance or your ever-ready offer to help. At times, it honestly felt like we had to be your only clients (although, I knew of course, that we weren't). - Ashley O.