A nod to nostalgia encourages a new generation of memories in this home that has been in the same family for nearly 100 years. If walls could talk, the unaltered charm and preserved character is the tenor recalling the happiness of decades nurtured within their warmth.
Built in 1916, six years after The Circle Fountain was originally dedicated, the home sits on a coveted street in a neighborhood of homes built by John Hudson Thomas, Bernard Maybeck, and Galen Howard. The Dutch colonial exterior is a standout in this neighborhood of historic homes. The semi-circular portico is gently embraced by the angled symmetry of the architecture. The side profiles are equally balanced with a bay window on one side, its proportions matched by a Wisteria scented porch on the other.
The interior is full of Craftsman details. Upon entry, you are greeted by a Maybeck-inspired fireplace. Its redwood mantel echoes the proportions of the mansard-roofed exterior. The fireplace is flanked by redwood benches, rich wainscotting, and original hammered sconces. A tall bookcase balances the architecture with the hall door on the opposite side. The adjacent original dining room is entered through glass multi-paned doors and adorned with bespoke built-ins including glass-front cabinets, matching leaded glass bay windows, and ample redwood buffet cabinet and drawers. The kitchen is a true time capsule outfitted with the original built-in dinette seating, Wedgewood stove, California cooler, ironing cabinet, and food storage bins. The room adjacent to the kitchen was originally a bedroom but has been opened to the kitchen to be used as a dining room or family room. With a view of the patio, it is easy to imagine French doors from this room to the yard. Wood floors throughout including quartersawn oak inlaid floors.
Upstairs, generous bedrooms are given interest with picture rails and wood batten details. The large sun-filled sleeping porch still features a working murphy bed. The original “cabin” is a fun bunk room for smaller guests.
The neighborhood is coveted for its connection to both Solano Avenue and Shattuck amenities as well as natural landmarks such as Indian Rock Park. Nearby AC transit lines offer commuter routes with quick transportation to the UC Berkeley campus and San Francisco. Across the street, the parklet becomes a place for neighbors to meet and gather. Plenty of off-street parking is available along the long drive. A detached garage is granted wonderful height as its architecture mimics the home’s mansard roofline. With windows to the yard and strong redwood framing, it is easy to imagine a multitude of uses for the structure.