This house isn’t just nestled in the bucolic Berkeley Hills; it is an embrace of all we love about living in the East Bay. From the career you foster to the hobbies you keep, Shasta keeps the commute quick and your lifestyle slow and easy.
With a vibrant arts and culture scene all its own, Berkeley is a world-class destination. Berkeley attracts those who want to keep the amenities close and the hassles at bay. This beautiful house is a great place to showcase the area while enjoying the serenity of the quiet hills. The large lot grants expansive street presence. A generous front porch provides a friendly welcome. With views of the Bay and San Francisco, the gorgeous living room is a great place to charm Berkeley visitors. Warmed by rich random plank wood floors, a wood vaulted ceiling, and traditional wood fireplace, even foggy evenings are made comfortable.
Tip for Bay Area transplants: When a fellow Berkeley resident asks you what you do, it isn’t a question of mere employment. We want to know what fulfills you. The hills are host to artists, makers, writers, scholars, and outdoor enthusiasts. 2964 Shasta nurtures all your passion projects. Let the Bay views over morning coffee at the kitchen table inspire your muse. The detached third bedroom is a great place to retreat and think, write or draw. Its full bathroom is great for overnight guests and also useful to clean an artist’s brushes. The scholar in you might wish to use the space to host a visiting professor or grad student, encouraging engaging sunset conversations on the generous front porch. The two-car garage calls to your inner “wrench” and provides space for makers of all kinds, as well as room to house the creations. For the outdoor enthusiast, dip into nearby Tilden park, cycle the scenic Grizzly Peak loop, or hike down hidden walking paths into Berkeley.
Your far-flung friends and family will want to visit! And, if you don’t claim it as your own, the separate master suite is apt to become a loved-ones treasured Berkeley pied-a-terre. Two additional bedrooms face the garden providing protection from the street and a bit of privacy from the front bedroom suite. Sliding doors give one bedroom direct garden access. The eat-in kitchen is large with loads of cabinets, great for canning supplies and other culinary gadgets. The eating area features a bay window framing a beautiful view of the bay and San Francisco. Yard access is provided through the separate laundry room attached to the kitchen.
To experience our foodie culture, don’t just eat at our restaurants, participate in the craze. Berkeley’s own Alice Waters (Chez Panisse) is said to have popularized California’s fresh local cuisine. This home champions California’s Farm-to-Table concept with a Garden-to-Kitchen emphasis of its own. The large lot features an edible landscape of fruit trees (citrus, apple, plum, pear, fig), olive trees, grapevines, herbs, and a raised vegetable bed. Share the bounty by hosting al fresco dinners on the expansive patio where your guests can enjoy the sylvan setting while protected from the wind by the home and garden walls. Spend a slow Saturday, canning fruit jams, pickling olives or experimenting with your own wine fermentation.
With plenty of ways to nurture your home life, you may be tempted never to leave. But, when you can’t telecommute, 2964 Shasta makes getting to the office easy. Buses regularly run down Shasta to UC Berkeley, downtown and BART. Grizzly Peak, the nearest cross street, is a commuter secret to bypassing traffic lights, making for a quick and scenic route to Highways 13 and 24.