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A Neighborhood for Every Lifestyle
This stately Prairie-style home was built on a grand scale with expansive rooms, large windows & space for everyone! Designed by Charles W. McCall, who designed many large Piedmont homes, 34 Alvarado is sited on a double lot, up and back from the street, behind a grouping of redwood trees which provide wonderful privacy and a sense of being in nature. The public rooms are generously scaled...perfect for entertaining and hosting events or enjoying being in gorgeous spaces! Sliding doors open from the living room to a glorious solarium with views of garden and trees. The dining room can serve a crowd. A romantic den/family room has a wall of glass overlooking the garden. There is also a sundrenched office as well as updated kitchen + breakfast room that opens to the patio.
Upstairs are four spacious & sunny bedrooms with large closets and three remodeled baths. The third floor (not part of the square footage) is a super bonus space with a large playroom or office as well as an an au-pair with bath.
The gardens are lovely & perfect for dining, lounging & playing. A nearby path leads to the Claremont Hotel with easy access to coffee, a bakery & the Express Bus. Some selective tree trimming could produce sparkling Bay views! One can see both the Claremont Hotel and the Campanille! Truly an extraordinary home!
The Claremont neighborhood straddles the Berkeley and Oakland borders and features lush landscaping, curving streets that hug the canyon hills, and open space. Homes on the leafy side streets provide old-fashioned Berkeley elegance, with turn-of-the-century brown shingles, revivals, prairie-, custom contemporary-, and Tudor-styled structures offering residents a place to call home within the landscaped confines. The landmark of this area is the majestic Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, a vast Victorian edifice perched on 22 acres in the hills. Three outdoor pools, 10 tennis courts, a full-service spa, a fitness club, and three onsite restaurants deliver stunning views, and the resort has become popular with generations of locals as a luxurious getaway. Elmwood's shopping district on College Avenue in Berkeley offers old-fashioned shops, access to the Rockridge Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), grocery stores, bookshops, and flower stands. Restaurants, a movies theater, and a bakery are all a short walk away. The Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve is 208 acres of open space managed by the East Bay Regional Park District and more than 200 acres outside of the canyon owned by the University of California, Berkeley. Garber Park, a 13-acre oak-and-bay-tree woodland south of Claremont Avenue, is owned by the city of Oakland. Trails reward ambitious hikers with panoramic views of San Francisco Bay.