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14 Maybeck Twin Drive, Berkeley #01182699, 01950551
The Jenssen Team $3,500,000 2 Parcels
A True Mid-century Masterpiece
Nestled at the top of one Berkeley's most prestigious and storied private streets, this Mid-century masterpiece boasts some of the most stunning views in the entire Bay Area. Located on Maybeck Twin Drive, a road developed by world famous American architect Bernard Maybeck. On this storied street you pass Maybeck’s personal studio along with other residences designed by him for his family on your way to this majestic home.
The residence at 14 Maybeck Twin Drive was inspired by the Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto, Japan and designed by noted, local mid century architect (Robert Klemmedson) in 1959 after he spent 10 years there studying the elements of design. This magnificent 4 bedroom, 3 ½ bath architectural beauty includes a primary and a secondary suite on the main level and is situated on two separate parcels for maximum privacy. The beautiful simplistic elements of traditional Japanese design creates seamless indoor - outdoor connections and allows dynamic and unobstructed views of San Francisco, and the Bay from every room in the house. You will be memorized by the views and relaxed by the zen feeling as you move effortlessly to different areas of this extraordinary home. This is truly making life simple!
A tranquil and peaceful retreat, a world away, this property is actually less than a mile from world famous Chez Panisse, as well as other great North Berkeley neighborhood restaurants and markets. Nearby, magical parks and hidden pathways encourage people to enjoy nature and explore the neighborhood.. These include the scenic Berkeley Rose Garden, Codornices Park and Recreational area as well as hidden gems like Indian Rock, Cragmont Rock Park & La Loma Park. These parks and pathways offer stunning vistas and the opportunity to connect with loved ones or nature. Less than 1 mile from the world renowned UC Berkeley’s campus, there are always interesting speakers, cultural and academic events close by. The views and privacy are a rare find: this is indeed a one of a kind beauty, a must-see for home buyers and architectural enthusiasts alike!
Perched above the city and offering the best panoramic views in the entire Bay Area, North Berkeley Hills is an incredibly peaceful residential neighborhood, yet not far from the hustle and bustle of the city’s more urban areas. Homes in the neighborhood are built in a variety of styles and feature spacious patio decks, manicured lawns and lushly landscaped gardens.
Depending on where you live, North Berkeley Hills residents can enjoy views of the San Francisco and Oakland skylines, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and Mount Tamalpais. For even more great views plus a variety of great outdoor activities, residents can take a short trip to nearby Tilden Regional Park. Park amenities vary between free and paid activities. Free activities available at TIlden Park include a beautiful botanical garden, the Little Farm, and nearly 40 miles of scenic hiking trails. For a small fee, the public can also swim at Lake Anza, take a spin on the Merry-Go-Round, or enjoy a round of golf at Tilden Park Golf Course.
Some residents in the southern part of North Berkeley Hills are within walking distance of the thriving retail district on Solano Avenue. Featuring a wide variety of stores, shops, and plenty of great restaurants, including:
Safeway Community Markets: Located at the southwest corner of Solano and Fresno Avenues, this is a great place to check off everything on your grocery list.
Noor & Sons Rug Gallery: Find handcrafted Oriental Rugs for your home, as well as rug cleaning and repair services.
Peet’s Coffee: It all started in Berkeley, and this location is ideal for your morning cup of coffee before you begin your commute.
Additionally, foodies who love a variety of cuisines are just a short walk or drive away from the infamous Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood.
Despite its elevated location, North Berkeley Hills is extremely transit-friendly. The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District bus lines that serve the neighborhood drop residents at the Downtown Berkeley BART station for a quick commute to downtown San Francisco. Berkeley Hills residents who live near the western section of the neighborhood are less than one mile away from the heart of UC Berkeley, making it a great area for faculty and administrators to live.