When Art Rosenfeld passed away in January at the age of 90, he left behind a legacy of being the “godfather” of energy efficiency and helped formulate the idea that it was better to save energy than it was to create it. His stunning Mediterranean home in Berkeley on Southampton Avenue, which he and his wife purchased in 1960, is a testament to the man who encouraged millions of Californians to turn off the lights and use energy efficient appliances.
In the spirit of Professor Rosenfeld’s passion towards energy efficiency, the 4-bedroom, 2.5-bath, 4,160 square foot (per assessor) home boasts year round living enjoyment. The south facing sun room captures its warmth during the winter and the sunken living room with massive beams features a majestic fireplace for warm seasonal and evening gatherings. With large glass French doors, the living room opens up to a large deck for al fresco dining in the afternoon or under the stars. The adjoining small library/study is perfect for reflection and solitude.
The home, built in 1928 (according to BAHA), boasts classic Mediterranean details including high ceilings, an excellent floor plan, large hand crafted mission-style oak doors, a wrought iron chandelier in the entryway, and a commanding staircase. The large picture windows bring the natural light in and frame the stunning views of the Bay, Golden Gate Bridge and distant views of Mt. Tamalpais. The 13,200 square foot lot features mature landscaping around outdoor entertainment spaces.
The formal dining room accommodates large sit down dinners and is perfectly located with two doors to the remodeled kitchen.
Meticulous planning went into the spacious kitchen remodel. Special features include a large eating area, ample storage with a spacious pantry, leaded glass windows, a side door to the outside and even a special place for a serving cart.
The large master bedroom has a dressing room and adjoins the master bathroom with original tile and large windows to enjoy the spectacular views. There are three additional bedrooms on the upper bedroom level and a second bathroom with beautiful original tile from the 1930’s.
A lower level ¾ basement with a laundry area has plenty of potential. It is located next to the two-car garage. The home is situated in a neighborhood with stately homes and is within walking distance of John Hinkle Park, Solano Avenue with its many boutiques and restaurants, and public transportation.
Professor Rosenfeld was recognized with a number of remarkable awards including National Medal of Technology and innovation presented to him by President Barack Obama in 2012. Governor Jerry Brown and his wife, Anne Gust, dined last late Summer on the deck with the Rosenfeld family. Upon learning of Rosenfeld’s passing, Governor Brown said, “Art Rosenfeld helped make California the world leader in energy efficiency. His path-breaking ideas transformed our energy sector from one of massive waste to increasingly elegant efficiency. I will miss him.” Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, under Barack Obama’s first term, called Art Rosenfeld “his hero”.
The home is listed at $2,190,000 with Maya Trilling, Berkeley Hills Realty and she can be reached at 510-524.9888 ext. 18.