This mostly original Californian craftsman in Berkeley is available for $ 1.4 million
By Laura Euler | Variety
In addition to a prestigious university and a vibrant counter-culture, Berkeley, California is home to some very beautiful artisan houses. This 1908 two-story charmer in the Elmwood neighborhood has retained many of its original features. At approximately 2,000 square feet, the four bedroom, two bathroom home is listed by Janet Kaplan and Yania Rodriguez Perez at Red Oak Realty.
Located on 5,720 square feet of urban land, the property is asking for $ 1.45 million. However, it will most likely sell for well above its asking price. In many Bay Area communities, including Berkeley, asking prices are practically meaningless because it’s common to dramatically undervalue a home’s price to encourage multiple bids and heated bidding wars which typically drive the sale price well above demand.
Original woodwork and built-in elements are increasingly difficult to find these days, as DIY warriors, DIY enthusiasts and architectural connoisseurs ruin 115 years of history by painting or staining antique woodwork. . Or worse yet, removing it altogether. In this house there is a lot of authenticity to be enjoyed and the first floor is always inviting, as it was meant to be – warm and unostentatious. There are still the original wooden walls, a window seat and stained glass, as well as a clinker brick fireplace in the living room and paneling with sheet metal rail, coffered ceilings and a built-in dresser in the room. to eat. Other cool and more modern features include solar panels, a Tesla charging station, and an on-demand water heater. A detached cottage in the back would be ideal for a home office, yoga retreat, or art studio.
The current colors are not historically accurate and do not really complement the style. New homeowners might therefore consider changing some of the bright colors in the house, including the front door and trim. Easy fixes with a little paint. Muted tertiary tones, olive green, amber, and hers tend to look better in a craftsman’s house and likely would have been part of the original colors. The kitchen cabinets match the Malibu tile style backsplash, but everything is a bit too bright. It would be better and more in keeping with the Craftsman style painted in lighter colors or white. In addition, the trapezoidal windows in the master bedroom should disappear – they are also not original.
So, what is a Craftsman style home, anyway? Around 1900, businessman and cabinetmaker Gustav stickley was inspired by the British Arts and Crafts Movement to design and publish small houses (bungalows) in its magazine The craftsman. He and his competitors sold all the furniture, linens, ironwork, rugs, etc. to complete the houses. The style is most commonly seen in areas of the United States with rapid home building between around 1900 and 1910, including the Bay Area, Pasadena, Seattle, and Chicago. Regional styles differ; the style used by Greene and Greene in Pasadena was heavily influenced by Japanese architecture, for example, while those in the Bay Area tend towards a less picky style.
Anyone who stumbles upon one of these homes in original or near-original condition, like this one, should treasure it. Hoping that the next owner honors the architectural pedigree and the language of the house.