The Heart of Berkeley
3 Beds • 2 Baths • 1,952 SF • 3,234 SF Lot • $1,125,000
1630 McGee Avenue, Your Berkeley Dreams Come to Life
Luxury can be defined as space: the space in which you reside, the space that affords you room to live as you choose, and the space that surrounds you. 1630 McGee greets you with openness. Situated on a quiet corner, nestled between Berkeley’s Northbrae and Gourmet Ghetto neighborhoods, you’ll first be struck by the mature landscaping and abundance of windows, which you know even before stepping into the front entry, will flood this special home with natural light.
An undeniable luxury of life is time, and no matter how you choose to use your precious free time, this home will suit your needs. Be you a maker, a collector, an artist, or a hobbyist of any kind, this spacious home affords you the room to live out all of your dreams.
Details characteristic of the home’s 1904 era abound, like the high wainscoting in the gracious living and dining rooms, the built-in window seat, the dining room fireplace, even the picture window in the large, open kitchen looking out to a verdant view of the North Berkeley hills.
The main level’s Jack and Jill bathroom has been recently updated to bridge the lovingly retained character with modern luxury. Balancing the well appointed bathroom are two light-filled bedrooms, all conveniently on the main living level. The original property was expanded to provide a flexible room beyond the kitchen, ready to be an entertainment space, home office, or easily converted to the main level’s third bedroom. Off this adaptable space is a serene Trex-lined Juliette balcony, the perfect place to begin your day while watching the colors of the sky change in the morning light.
Descend the stairway to the full lower level, complete with its own entrance, spacious full bathroom, additional bedroom, and large laundry room. Perfect for a live-in nanny or overnight guests, the lower level even has its own sitting room at the foot of the stairs.
We find luxury in having options, and at 1630 McGee, whatever you dream can be. The full two-car garage has bonus space for storage of anything from household goods to outdoor recreation equipment, or it could be a dream workshop or the perfect hobby hideout.
Those lucky enough to live here will feel pampered by the conveniences of living in this community considered by many to be the very “heart of Berkeley”. At 1630 McGee it’s an easy stroll to some of the best restaurants in the Bay Area, quaint shops, and expansive neighborhood markets, and a block from Totland, one of the best children’s parks in the city.
North Berkeley BART station is merely a few blocks from the home; this is a rare East Bay location where a car may be left in the large 2 car garage more than it’s driven.
Within a few blocks you’ll find yourself in the vibrant Westbrae neighborhood where Monterey Market, founded in 1961, has been a stronghold in the community offering some of the freshest fruits and vegetables around. The nearby Country Cheese Coffee Market, with its freshly roasted beans, also sells teas and specialty jams and crackers, and has an impressive cheese collection. Fabulous quality seafood can be found at MontereyFish Market. For a leisurely breakfast in your sunny backyard, the Hopkins Street Bakery offers delicious scones, pastries, and decorative cakes. Should you not feel like utilizing your spacious kitchen after a long day, Gioia Pizzeria blends East and West Coast style into a scrumptious pizza ready for you to eat on site or take home, or if you do want to cook Magnanis, an old fashioned butchery, has some of the best poultry, beef, and pork, along with a splendid deli. To round out your meal, or supplement a casual gathering of friends, Monterey Liquors is ready to supply you with more than your run of the mill spirits and wines, but also unusual libations. If you’re in the mood for gardening Berkeley Horticultural Nursery is a mere 10 minute stroll to cover all your landscaping needs.
In another direction, you’ll find Shattuck Avenue only 8 blocks away, filled with an eclectic dining selection. Chez Panisse, offers the definition of California cuisine from world renowned chef, Alice Waters. Or, if you’re in the mood for French fare, Gregoire Restaurant is the place for to go. For a variety of fresh, healthy foods, Poulet is also in the neighborhood. Or, for something more casual, you may find yourself at Victory Point Café, a great board game café serving sandwiches and pizzas. As comprehensive as this list may seem, there are many more delicious places to choose from. If it’s coffee you’re looking for, try Philz Coffee, Guerilla Café, or Fertile Grounds Café. If you’d like more of a night on the town, add to your dining experience by catching the latest movie at the United Artist Berkeley 7 or check out Habitot Children’s Museum a space where children ages 1-5 can interact with amazing exhibits. For something more cerebral Books, Inc may be your flavor, or let your inner child loose at Mr. Mopps’ Children’s Books and Toys.