Beautiful 1920’s Craftsman
2205 Mcgee Ave
Berkeley, CA 94703
Interior: 1,104 sq. ft. (approx.)
Web #: 00810744
MLS ID: 40898209
Updates befit the original character of this 1920’s Craftsman, which epitomizes a California indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Two sets of French doors overlook and open broadly from the island-equipped kitchen and master bedroom to an extension-of-the-home outdoor room in bloom. An intimate space featuring deck and paver stones, it presents a romantic secret-garden vista and luxuriant spot to dine and lounge. The home’s two bedroom, one bath composition features an ideal layout connecting airy living room, formal dining, and gathering-place kitchen, plus a bedroom hall separating private from public spaces.
This Central Berkeley residential pocket presents a serene setting on the verge of vitality. It offers level walkability to vibrant shopping, an extensive cuisine scene, entertainment and recreation, schools including U.C. Berkeley, and BART.
The front porch, outlined by columns, heralds entry to an interior graced with Craftsman cachet. Combining preservation and renovation, the interior reveals hardwood floors throughout, cottage windows, an original fireplace flanked by display shelves and built-in cabinetry, moldings and ceiling detail. Public rooms radiate airiness and artistry as broad expanses of glass combine with decorative divided-light windows in symmetrical arrays.
Remodeled with affinity for the home’s period architecture, the kitchen blends marble counters and subway tile backsplashes. It revolves around an outstretched island that incorporates seating and a five-burner gas range. Other appliances include a french-door refrigerator and dishwasher, both new. White cabinetry presents a plethora of storage with a streamlined aesthetic, and a long wall’s worth of nearly floor-to-ceiling stepped white shelving puts kitchen and dining accoutrements on display and at the ready. A windowed desk alcove supplies a skylighted place to work in view of the deck and garden; with French doors open, the sunny area merges with outdoor surroundings.
The master bedroom also integrates a set of skylights bordering french doors to the garden. Further amenities include a cedar-lined closet with built-in bureau. Serving both bedrooms, the hall bath features classic-effect fixtures and a neutral tile scheme. It integrates storage, which is augmented by a hall linen closet.
Perfectly polished and expanded by its enchanting outdoor space, it amounts to a home primed for superlative living in just the right amount of well-appointed space.