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1453 Summit Rd

Berkeley, CA 94708


  • Detached
  • Sold
  • 4 Beds
  • 2 Baths
  • 3,390 SqFt
  • MLS# 40868006

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Artful Contemporary

This spectacular home sits at the peak of the Berkeley Hills. It was initially built in 1950 as a mid-century modern, single level home, and was artfully reimagined in 2006 by architect Ron Shattil. The owner’s desire to bring the outdoors in results in a design of modern angles, walls of glass, abundant light and soaring sky and bay views.
From the street, you enter the property through a private, lush garden with a white travertine tile front patio. Inside the main entrance has an open glass staircase with granite stairs and sleek cable railings. The living room soars with 24 feet of glass and white angles. Behind this, you’ll find a large dining area with a sculptural Italian chandelier. You see original wood ceiling beams running throughout this side of the downstairs complimenting the oak floors. 
Just behind the dining area is a modern, sleek kitchen with stainless steel appliances, white euro-design cabinets, and granite counters. The deep gray ceramic tile floor leads the eyes and feet to a shady brick patio and garden.  
The thoughtful layout of the front living room, kitchen, and den sliding doors allow a flow-through of air, sunshine, and nature that will make for spectacular entertaining and outdoor living. Opening onto the garden is the original den with a fireplace, wrap-around built-in bookcases, and wood beam ceilings. This floor also features a laundry room, full bath, and two bedrooms, one with a private garden area. At the back of the property, accessed by Summit Lane, is the covered parking with ample storage space.
As you climb the floating staircase, you enter a spacious open loft. The continuation of tall glass windows invites a view of the North Bay. On this floor, you’ll find Indian Rosewood flooring and clerestory windows at the top of the peaked ceiling. Behind the loft, a large bedroom continues the design of the peaked roof. The upstairs bath has a generous stall shower, and soaking tub finished with stone countertops, walls, and flooring. The large, sunny master bedroom also has a view of the North Bay plus a walk-in closet and an alcove space for a desk. Walk through this room to a large private deck — the perfect place to begin or end your day taking in the view of the Bay. 

The location is amazing. Close by, you’ll find: 

  • Lawrence Hall of Science
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Space Sciences Laboratory
  • Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
  • UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens
  • Grizzly Peak Trail
  • Tilden Park Golf Course
  • Quick access to Walnut Creek
  • The Gourmet Ghetto and Solano Ave. are close by for coffee, dining, and shopping.


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