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Live Under the Oak in Westbrae

The magical blend of historical Victorian details with modern open concept interiors is hard to find, but 1462 Cornell Ave provides this and so much more. Originally built in 1916, this beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in the popular Westbrae district is filled with character and charm. Known for its tree lined streets and relaxed atmosphere, Westbrae is the perfect spot to call home. With it’s stunning original features, gorgeous oak covered backyard, and idyllic location, this darling home is ready for its new owners to become a part of its history.

Completely redesigned, this historic home offers modern updates, while still retaining the detailing reminiscent of when it was originally built over hundred years ago. Perfect for entertaining, the living, dining and kitchen meld into a singular open floor plan. Engineered oak floors encompass the spaces, while new modern black hex floor tiling leads you into the kitchen. Here you will find gorgeous Heath tile backsplash, black Paperstone resin counters, new stainless steel appliances and a large walnut peninsula.

Off the great room you will find two of the bedrooms, one with a charming period window, and both share a refinished bath with a large tub. Located in the back of the home is the primary suite, which features large windows that look out to the garden. Off the bedroom in an updated ensuite bath with modern stacked subway tiling and white hex tile flooring, giving the space a quiet and serene feel. Sliding doors open out to the tiered patio protected by a majestic live oak tree. From lounging and reading a book to barbecuing with friends, this backyard is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Here we also find the casita, with a newly redone roof, insulation and sheetrock, and flooring. If fully finished, this space has endless possibilities as an office, guest room, or home gym. The property has so much to offer not to mention its fresh paint, new roof and newer driveway providing all the modern conveniences for a relaxed life. 

Ideally located in the Westbrae district of Berkeley, this home is perfectly positioned in the heart of Berkeley. Located just blocks from all the shops on San Pablo in one direction and the shops on Hopkins in the other, the North Berkeley Bart station is easily accessible via the wonderful Ohlone Greenway and the incredible Monterey market is just minutes away. Add to that the wonderful Berkeley school system and you can easily see why 1462 Cornell is such a wonderful opportunity.

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Property Feature List

1,350 square feet total

3,700 square foot lot

1,141 living square feet - 3 bedrooms, 2 bathroom main house

209 square feet - updated casita cottage  

Main home built in 1916

New interior and exterior paint

Open concept living space

Primary suite with two closets, glass sliding door to deck and ensuite bath

Remodeled kitchen and baths

New engineered wood flooring in primary bed 2022

Engineered wood flooring in living room, dining room, and additional bedrooms- 2018

Large deck and outdoor living space covered by a heritage oak tree

Landscaping both front and rear 

Bay Alarm security system

Key Kitchen Features: 

New Bertazzoni stove 2022

New Whirlpool refrigerator 2022

New Whirlpool dishwasher 2022

Garbage disposal

Countertop water filtration system

Large farm sink

Eco friendly black Paperstone resin countertop and Walnut butcher block peninsula 

Heath brand artisan tile backsplash 

New black hex tile flooring in kitchen

Whirlpool Duet stacking washer and dryer 2016

Key Bathroom Features and Improvements:

Two fully updated bathrooms

Kohler low flow toilets 

New mirror and Rejuvenation accent lighting in hall bath, with pedestal sink and tile accents

New large mirror and light fixture in primary bath

Ceramic floor tile and tile wainscoting 

Glass shower and dual sink vanity in primary

Touch sensitive faucets in primary


Concrete driveway 2018

New roof in 2022

Updated casita with new insulation, sheetrock, flooring, overhead lighting and new roof 2022

Key Plumbing Features

Tankless water heater 

Certified sewer lateral 

Key Electrical Features

Solar panels

Almost all new interior lighting fixtures

Updated electrical panel 2017

Ring doorbell

Ring flood camera on the east side of the house

Parking and Garden 

Heritage live oak in backyard

Multi level deck in backyard

Lava rock retaining wall in front garden

Auto irrigation system in front garden

Driveway for tandem parking (buyer to measure to ensure fit)

Key Structural Details 

Seismic retrofit 2016