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Welcome to 3020 Buena Vista Way,
This is a very special residence, a piece of living art. This house was built in 1960 by the noted architect, John Hans Ostwald. Best known for his modernist style, often guided by a woodsy Swiss functionalist aesthetic. Notable buildings of his include Bancroft Center, the South Branch Library, and his final project, the posthumously built St. John’s Presbyterian Church. This residence continues in his mid century modern design, which has stood the test of time and is still a highly sought after construction for home buyers. It combines timeless clean lines and large floor to ceiling windows with a romantic, quirky, and inquisitive sense of wonder. Outside of every window offers a new vignette to enjoy and gaze upon. The elegant layout and amenities will take your breath away. At 12,631 square feet, there is a second parcel being sold with the property as well.
Drive into the long, graceful driveway lined by lage bamboo. The front entry brings you into a palatial stone floor and then into the living room with not only breathtaking views of the bay, but the zen side garden as well. Spend hours entertaining or having down time by the fireplace with modern, chic lines juxtaposed with rustic brick. The entry stairwell leads up to the loft with custom built in desk and shelves.
The kitchen and dining room offer many door and windows to the outside. Feel the serene breeze while the doors to the courtyard and zen garden are open all around you in the dining area. Enjoy the central courtyard off the dining area where you will be surrounded by plants and being buzzed by hummingbirds, while you enjoy the fountain in this calming space.
The unique rooms and spaces of this house make every corner a new and distinctive space to explore. Down the hall, each bedroom has stunning views that create a special retreat amongst the surrounding trees, with views of the garden and Bay beyond. The primary bedroom suite at the end of the hall has an entrance to the central courtyard and large windows for lazy sun filled mornings or twilight evenings. Let your luxurious at home spa retreat spill out onto the private courtyard from the elegant proomary bathroom for ultimate seclusion.
The ground floor allows you to have a separate guest room, and another room that can be used as a spacious art room that looks out onto the garden, and even more Bay views.
This extensively large yard recalls sauntering in a botanical garden. There is more than enough room to inspire the master gardener. Enjoy the native plants while you sit on the bench and watch the sunset and day dream about all the possibilities for the vacant lot, which is covered in the ceanothus and other endemic plants.
This home provided you a wonderful place to start or continue your journey in the Bay Area. A nurturing place surrounded by nature, unbelievable outdoor recreation at Tilden park, and yet extremely close to the desirable Berkeley shopping district with Michelin star restaurants, like Chez Panisse, and amazing shops. It’s an engaging and inclusive community with the UC Berkeley campus and the marina not far away.
We hope you consider living at 3020 Buena Vista Way. This is a home to be treasured!
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.