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Classic Traditional Berkeley Masterpiece in the Perfect North Berkeley Location

A quintessential Berkeley home, 1211 Spruce Street features 5 bedrooms, 3 baths, and was built over 100 years ago in the classic Craftsman style.  Having been modernized over the years, this North Berkeley retreat features plenty of versatile indoor and outdoor space while overflowing with period charm. Entering into the living room, it feels classic with its striking beamed ceiling and its large fireplace acting as the focal point. The room is bright, with help from the adjacent solarium, and leads through to the dining room. Though formal, the room is open to the living area and has both period glass window details combined with a new modern chandelier. Nearby is the glowing kitchen with white cabinetry and countertops, Wedgewood range, and matte black hardware. The room feels expansive with tall ceilings, exposed beams, a skylight, and access out to the garden. Completing the top level is the primary bedroom with an ensuite bath and two additional bedrooms that share a quaint Jack-and-Jill bath.

Surrounding the staircase is the brilliant solarium, encased in tall windows, skylights, and sun. It is the perfect place to watch your houseplants thrive while enjoying the all-day glow. The sunny stairs bring us to the lower level, where creative vision can shine to make the space perform any function. With outdoor access, a large family room, and an existing kitchenette, an independent suite is easily possible. The remaining two bedrooms are at either end and share a hall bath.  Just steps from the rear door is the convenient 2 car garage which is enhanced by its roof deck, perfect for outdoor entertaining.

Stone paths, heart-shaped walkways, and slate patios enhance the special English garden in the rear of the property. It is verdant, and blooming with fruits and flowers with plenty of distinct spaces for seating and dining. A two-level wooden platform captures the stunning Bay Area and Golden Gate Bridge views, offering the perfect place to appreciate a sunset.

This unique Berkeley escape is perfectly situated in a sought-after neighborhood close to fine dining, shopping, and UC Berkeley. Spend moments of relaxation visiting the nearby Berkeley Rose Garden or Live Oak Park and enjoy the scenery and tranquility. This is East Bay living at its absolute finest, surrounded by views, nature, and convenience.

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Property Feature List

  • 3,012 square feet of total living space
  • 5 bedrooms and 3 baths
  • 5,580 square foot lot
  • 440 square foot 2 car garage
  • Built in 1912
  • Craftsman style home with original details, recent updates throughout and multi-level outdoor space
  • 3 upper level bedrooms, and 2 on lower level
  • Newly refinished original hardwood floors throughout the main living area
  • Front door with stained glass detailing
  • Period molding and wood-detail throughout
  • Original leaded glass windows in upper level
  • New light fixtures throughout (2020)
  • Newly painted interior (2020)
  • Newly painted exterior (2019)
  • New high efficiency furnace (2020)
  • New roof in 2019: reroof for sunroom and rest of roof reshingled
  • Seismic bracing (2017)
  • New front concrete stair and bespoke iron handrail (2019)
  • New rear concrete step and patio at back door (2019)
  • New exterior electrical panel (2018)
  • Front office or guest bedroom with pocket doors and shared Jack-and-Jill style full bath
  • Formal dining room with beamed ceiling and a new chandelier
  • Large gas fireplace with mantel and built-in storage
  • Stained glass accent windows
  • Primary suite with ensuite bath and French door cedar lined closet
  • Light-flooded sunroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, operable skylights, and copper lined planter
  • Multiple skylights
  • Under-stair storage closet
  • Lower level with tiled flooring and easy access out to the garage
  • Lower level kitchenette and family room with a second gas fireplace
  • Utility and storage room
  • Laundry closet with washer & dryer and storage cabinets

Key Kitchen Features

  • Refreshed bright kitchen with tall ceilings, white countertops + cabinetry featuring new matte black hardware
  • Stylish glass-front cabinet, exposed beams and skylight
  • Antique Wedgewood 6-burner gas range
  • Stainless steel sink with new Moen faucet and new garbage disposal
  • Microwave nook
  • Kitchen access out to the garden

Key Bathroom Features

  • Jack-and-Jill: new white vanity, new chrome mirror + hardware, new showerhead and new flooring
  • Master En-Suite: updated with new brass accents, new sink and fixture, new shower head. The space features a skylight, abundant vanity storage and a shower-over-tub
  • Lower Level Bathroom: split full bath with laundry closet

Key Plumbing Features

  • Certified sewer lateral
  • Auto gas shut-off

Garden and Parking

  • Expansive over garage deck with built-in bench seating and room for dining
  • 2-car detached garage with auto garage remote
  • Newly landscaped rear garden (2018-2019) including slate and stone paths, French drains, copper plumbing, irrigation, retaining walls, slate patio areas, wooden yoga platform and ladder to expansive SF Bay view deck
  • Garden planter boxes


  • Prime North Berkeley location close to Gourmet Ghetto world class fine dining, specialty shops, Safeway and Andronico’s Market  
  • Weekly Farmer’s Market
  • Enjoy access to Live Oak Park, Berkeley Rose Garden, Codornices Park and minutes by car to Tilden Park.  
  • Convenient access to UC Berkeley and Downtown Berkeley