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A Neighborhood for Every Lifestyle
1244 Ordway Street
A renovated Berkeley bungalow with a fourth bonus bedroom in a sought-after neighborhood (think: friendly neighbors, easy commute, great walkability, and proximity to some of the East Bay’s best eats and treats). It’s all here at 1244 Ordway Street … and it even gets better. An expansive + flat + private backyard that unravels into serene spaces to dine, relax, garden and play, dotted with mature Meyer lemon, Satsuma and fig trees, is the ideal place to enjoy the warm and sunny microclimate; the large studio in the rear of the yard is ready to serve as office/playroom/yoga or art studio, with a new nine-light door (and electricity!) providing lovely light.
Built in 1924 by Charles MacGregor , known for his Berkeley and Albany houses mixing Craftsman and Colonial Revival elements, the style was famous for split-level living with appealing extras — large picture windows, built-ins and ornate tile fireplaces. Here the living room is anchored by those features, though the fireplace has been handsomely updated with Heath tiles and a gas insert, it is flanked by the original built-ins, and guests are drawn to the brilliant, inviting sunlight that streams into the room through the big bay windows. (Throughout the home windows have been upgraded to double-paned Marvin windows.) Original matchstick oak floors flow between rooms providing warmth and charm. The dining area sits at the meeting point between living room and kitchen, airy and easy with those MacGregor built-ins offering stylish storage. Light bounces around the sunny kitchen, amplified by a palette of shades of white: new cabinets, Quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances coalesce to create a distinctly fresh and cheerful space. Matchstick floors ground the peaceful primary bedroom, and calm, neutral hues from Travertine tile in the full bathroom (along with its Jacuzzi tub) make this the perfect space for relaxation. Upstairs are two bedrooms overlooking the backyard, serene and welcoming.
Downstairs, a clever reconfiguration expanded the home to a total of 1509 square feet without changing its footprint by creating a bonus room from former garage space. With the addition of a full bath featuring a pop of color from Heath tile, the room is a multipurpose space, perfect for hosting guests, working from home, or gathering to watch a movie. Step out from this level to the spacious yard, secluded within a beautiful setting of mature landscaping — lawn beneath a Japanese maple, fruit trees, and a sculptural fountain creating an intimate oasis. Raised organic beds with irrigation await the urban farmer.
The freestanding studio in the rear of the garden can be easily adapted to the needs of the owner, at 8-by-12 feet a smart and functional size for multiple uses. The lovely outdoor space provides a magical setting for al fresco dinners and entertaining.
The home has a brand new roof, a tankless water heater, and is seismically retrofitted. And with block parties and movie nights, this family-friendly neighborhood is home to the five-acre Cedar-Rose Park, Peralta Community Garden, and charming neighborhood shopping — groceries, coffee, bagels — all a pleasant walk away on the attractive tree-lined streets of Westbrae and Northbrae. North Berkeley BART and AC Transit are close for easy commute options, and parking abounds. An ideal mix of city amenities and quiet ease, the neighborhood is a special part of Berkeley.
Passing the Torch: Things We Love About Our Neighborhood
• Pizza at Gioia (best New York-style pizza in the Bay Area), flawless sushi from Kiku, and gathering with friends at Westbrae Biergarten. These true neighborhood restaurants offer destination-worthy dining and an easy answer to “what’s for dinner?”!
• Terrace Park is a hidden jewel, with kid’s play areas, spots for a picnic, basketball or tennis, and dog walks.
• Monterey Market and Berkeley Natural Grocery are filled with the best seasonal produce and specialty items — real treasures.
• A long-time, carb-lovers institution, Berkeley Bagel deserves a regular rotation — plus, freshly baked Challahs every Thursday & Friday!
• Immediate access to nature and the city: walk or bike to North Berkeley BART in minutes for a quick ride to San Francisco, or stroll down tree-lined Hopkins Street to browse the gardens at Berkeley Horticultural Nursery.
• Abundant and super easy parking—for the past 16 years, we have parked, both our cars, directly in front of our home nearly everyday.
• Did we mention the famed Monterey Fish Market and Kermit Lynch wine shop nearby, and that it’s barely a fifteen-minute walk to Solano Avenue?
• Our neighbors are the absolute best. Open-hearted and open-minded, the community we’ve created from this house is priceless.
Elegant Berkeley Bungalow
1396 Sq ft
Detached Studio perfect for storage, yoga, or home office
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