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With a casual glance, you would never guess at the wonders to be found at 1743 Cedar. A closer look though reveals the architectural character, the space, the incredible flexibility of use, and the deep secluded secret garden that all combine to make this such a special property.
Built in 1910 (according to public records), this classic home bears hallmarks of the era, including Arts and Crafts design features like the large covered front porch and chalet-style scroll-sawn balusters on the fence and porch railings. Other details include vintage light fixtures, beamed ceilings, wood floors with inlay detail, natural wood doors and trim, and the gorgeous vine-draped passage to the side entrance.
PER PUBLIC RECORDS (not verified or guaranteed by the sellers or the listing agent):
On public records as a duplex (per the Rent Board, “this property does appear to qualify as a golden duplex”), it’s currently being used as a single-family home with 5 bedrooms and 2 baths. With all this space, you’ll have no trouble finding great spots for all the things we’re doing at home today – work, school, exercise, art, entertainment, and more!
MAIN LEVEL: Living & dining room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath
The main level is brimming with charm and character. The combined living and dining room has beamed ceilings, hardwood floors with an inlaid border detail, a fireplace with a lovely quarter-sawn oak surround, vintage light fixtures, and a built-in window seat. The cool vintage kitchen includes a Viking range, glass-front cabinets, a farmhouse sink, marble countertops, a butler’s pantry, and oversized windows looking out to the back garden. There are two bedrooms (or offices, etc. – you decide!) on this level, and one full bath. As a duplex, this main level would be the first unit, with the entrance from the front porch, two bedrooms, and access to the garden past the kitchen.
LOWER LEVEL: Family room, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, laundry
There is access to the lower level both from the (interior) back stairs, and also outside via the beautiful vine-draped stairway at the west side of the house. The lower level has a spacious family room with a built-in window seat overlooking the back garden, as well as three bedrooms, one full bath, and the laundry. If the property were used as a duplex, the west side door would be the main entrance to the lower unit, and the family room would be the main living space. The bedroom at the back of the house (next to the family room) with French doors to the yard could be converted back to a kitchen for the lower unit.
In this very central location, you would never expect the deep magical back garden you’ll find here. There is a koi pond, a hot tub, room to barbeque, plantings that include magnificent mature trees, and a play structure. It is surprisingly secluded, protected from neighbors to both the east and west.
In addition to generous closets throughout, there is a shed for storage at the street, and another garden shed in the back yard. You’ll find additional storage in the utility room on the east side of the house, and there is also a covered area on that side that the sellers used for bike storage.
The sellers had extensive work done on the structure, including:
There will be a current pest report and general inspection included in the disclosure package. The sewer lateral is compliant.
In this incredibly central location, so much is accessible without a car! You'll love being close to Monterey Market and the Northbrae shopping area, the North Shattuck "Gourmet" shops and restaurants (including Chez Panisse and The Cheese Board), Trader Joe's, two farmer's markets, UC Berkeley, parks and playgrounds (including Totland, Cedar-Rose Park, and Ohlone Park which has an off-leash dog play area), the downtown arts district (with Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Freight and Salvage, movie theatres), North Berkeley BART, and much more! See the attached neighborhood map for the locations of these and a selection of other amenities.
The website WalkScore.com give this property a Walk Score® of 88 (“Very Walkable; Most errands can be accomplished on foot”), and a Bike Score® of 93 (“Bikers Paradise”). Virginia Street, just to the south, is a Bicycle Boulevard, as is Milvia Street to the east and California Street to the west.
There are also many options for public transportation: BART, buses, casual carpool and Amtrak are all nearby.
Parking for 1743 Cedar is on the street (the sellers said they were almost always able to park right in front). If you wanted to take advantage of the property’s solar electric system to charge an electric car, you should check out the City of Berkeley’s pilot program that could allow the addition of a curbside electric charger (see https://www.cityofberkeley.info/EVcurbside/). Contact the City directly for information (program availability and details not guaranteed).
VIEWINGS: COVID-19 protocols will be in place; open houses are not allowed at this time. Please view all online property information before requesting a private showing. Showings are limited to 2 people from the same household with an agent. Your agent can schedule a showing, or contact Marilyn if you are not working with an agent.
OFFER TIMING: Offers will be reviewed starting Friday, October 30th, at 3 p.m..