This Romantic Mediterranean is sited on two plus private acres. Rarely do properties like this come available in the Berkeley Hills.
This classic Mediterranean residence c. 1927 was built originally by a San Francisco family as their summer retreat. Close enough to San Francisco so that dad could be with the family summer weekends, yet have San Francisco conveniently near. Now with the Transbay Express and BART direct bus stops around the corner and BART five minutes away one can always feel like they are on vacation.
Designed for entertaining this home has grand public rooms opening to the spectacular grounds. French doors open to beautiful stone terraces and decks so guests can spill out to enjoy the stunning gardens.
The living room originally housed a Steinway, the curved ceilings provide superb acoustics. The living room is both grand and inviting. Featured is a handsome fire place, built in hand hewn book cases and a dramatic arched window. French doors open to spacious deck.
The kitchen was designed by noted Bay Area designer David Stark Wilson. Gorgeous custom rich wood cabinetry, hand painted mosaic tile at the professional cook top and stone counters. Central to the space is a spacious Island with double sink that also provides a casual eating area. Featuring Proline stainless appliances, copious amounts of storage and built in bench seating, the kitchen is ideal for entertaining on a grand scale or for intimate gatherings. A corner fire place is a beautiful feature adjacent are French doors open to grand stone terrace.
Spacious formal dining room with French doors that open to stone terrace nestled in the rock outside is lovely water feature.
A separate family room away from the main living area has a brick faced fire place, an abundance of windows and rich wood floors and an adjoining half bath.
The den off the main foyer looks out to the garden and has hand hewn built in book cases. The laundry room has interior access from the oversized two garage and basement storage area, a perfect wine cellar and pantry.
Leading to the second floor is an elegant curving stair case with beautiful wrought iron railing.
There are three spacious bedrooms on this level, reminiscent of Italy two of the bedrooms have double doors that open to the garden. A central bath is shared by the two bedrooms. The
romantic master retreat has an arched ceiling, an abundance of windows and a customized walk in closet. The en-suite bath features a spacious spa inspired shower and a beautiful double
Separate guest house with a full kitchen, full bath and delightful loft sleeping area. Central to the living area is a Swedish wood burning stove. Open and airy with beautiful light this cottage affords many uses.
The pool area is fully fenced and has a pool house with a sitting room, back side is a half bath and two campy dressing rooms.
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The parcel is 2.42 acres per public records and is accessed down a private drive way through a security gate over a bridge that straddles a seasonal creek. Fully fenced grounds keep pets in and grazing deer out. Master gardener/landscaper Michael Mcfadden of Planted Earth Design and Build has tended to the grounds and redesigned the landscape to include Bocce court, expansive lawn, vegetable garden, an orchard with numerous fruit trees, cutting garden, citrus garden and natural lower meadow. Gorgeous
mature trees studded throughout the property and natural meandering creeks located at both the front of property and at the lower rear meadow beyond fence. Designed to invite birds, bee’s and butterfly’s one is surrounded by nature is this serene and beautiful environment. Attractive and spacious parking area.
Prime central Kensington location. Kensington is a sophisticated community that has retained its sweet historic charm. Located just forty minutes from San Francisco it is the best kept secret in the East Bay. Blocks to Village shops the Sunday awarded Farmers Market, acclaimed Kensington Hilltop Elementary School and neighboring Berkeley.
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Ruth Frassetto. has chosen Real Estate as her career because she gets great satisfaction in helping people realize their dream of home ownership. “I find immense gratification in bringing buyers and sellers together.”
The Real Estate business has changed dramatically since Ruth first started her practice twenty-four years ago in Palo Alto. “Today, Real Estate must be treated like a business. When I represent a client I know that I am handling what could be their greatest investment. There is no room for mistakes”. It is her desire that each client feels that he or she is her only client. She is never too busy to handle all the details involved in buying and selling a home.
To ensure her clients are fully cared for she has a close relationship with highly qualified lenders, insurance agents, escrow companies and a network of affiliates needed for a particular transaction. “I realize that to excel, I must have a well-defined support staff. It is necessary because there is so much involved and so much at stake in every transaction.” The professionals that assist Ruth in her business are prepared to do whatever it takes to get the job done right.
Today’s Real Estate professional requires not only knowledge, but also solid experience. She openly offers her clients her creativity, imagination, perseverance, and professionalism. By choosing Ruth as your agent you can be assured that she will be committed to giving you her full attention and full service.