• $1,199,000
    pending

    2924 Harper Street Berkeley California 94703

    2924 Harper Street, Berkeley, CA 94703

    • 3 Beds
    • 2 Baths
    • 1,301 sq. ft.

    3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathroom | 1,301 Sq. Ft.


    2924 Harper Street is one of those lovely, well-built Craftsman homes that lend Berkeley so much charm—complete with a huge backyard. 


    An unusually large 1920’s-era Bungalow, 2924 Harper Street was completely remodeled in 2011. The transformation created a highly functional home with a minimalist feel, maximizing space and natural light while adhering to the architectural detail of the epoch. 


    Behind the home’s distinctive Granny Smith Apple Green door, a welcoming foyer leads to a sunny living room, surrounded by windows, with beautiful hardwood floors. The brick-fronted fireplace provides an interesting focal point, adding texture to a muted palette of understated colors—and cozy warmth on cool Berkeley evenings. Pocket doors to the adjacent dining room provide privacy when needed. 


    A formal dining room shares space with the home’s open floor plan kitchen. The renovation reimagined this room—flooded with light from modernized, period-look windows—as the heart of the home.


    The U-shaped galley is spacious enough for two cooks in the kitchen without bumping elbows. Chef worthy appliances, enviable stone countertops, and a dine-in breakfast bar keeps the cook in the conversation—or the kids within sight.


    A small, sunny space off the kitchen provides an ideal home office—with direct access to an elevated backyard deck.


    Two spacious bedrooms, provide cottage-like quarters for their occupants and ample storage in walk-in closets. Refreshed and modernized, the home’s large full bath features XXX finishes and fixtures, with plenty of room for linens and toiletry storage


    A studio space with bathroom and efficient kitchenette provides additional options for family, friends, or an au pair.


    Outside, the home has been landscaped with a water-sipping native plant/xeriscape garden that conserves precious resources, while providing interesting blooms and colors throughout the year.


    Located in an exceedingly friendly neighborhood—with its own mailing list, 2924 Harper Street is conveniently located, with easy access to area freeways, North Berkeley Bart, and moments from AC Transit bus lines.


    Notable design features:

    • A real foyer for the entrance with space for shoes and coats
    • A working fireplace
    • Enlarged openings create an airy, spacious feel
    • A restrained color palette -- white, matte nickel hardware or chrome, dark brown, and grey -- create a warm but muted backdrop for artwork and textiles
    • White upper cabinets in the kitchen create a cohesive space
    • Bathroom walls and floors using large tiles that create a sense of spaciousness; the large rectangles are mirrored in the kitchen backsplash and outdoor pavers
    • Countertop and short wall in the central area create a defined dining space while shielding the bathroom
    • Convenient linen closet
    • Large walk-in closets
    • Pocket door for living room provides privacy for that room if desired
    • A downstairs studio which UC Berkeley students gladly rent at $1,100/month, with its own outdoor patio
    • A large basement with room for washer, dryer, and storage
    • A spacious shed for additional storage or a home gym
    • A covered area under the deck for bicycles or equipment  


    High-end finishes and appliances include:

    • Gourmet kitchen with Wolf 30” gas range, high-CFM Vent-A-Hood, GE Monogram Microwave, Bosch refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, deep single-compartment stainless steel sink with grate and Insinkerator
    • Caesarstone countertops
    • Recessed lighting throughout with spotlights designed to show off art
    • Central wiring with panel in the closet for telephone, coaxial cable, and Ethernet with outlets throughout the house
    • Wired Polk Audio speakers in the kitchen ceiling and living room (all ready for surround sound with Dolby Atmos!)
    • Blow-in insulation in walls and attic for energy efficiency
    • Toto Ultramax II toilets
    • Hansgrohe bathroom fixtures


    Native Garden

    • The soil was amended and graded, boulders placed, hillocks created
    • Dozens of drought-tolerant native species, including drought-tolerant native bentgrass lawn (same as Chrissy Field in SF)
    • Automatic irrigation system with separate zones for back yard spray, backyard drip, deck pots, and front yard drip 
    • Featured in the 2013 Back To The Natives tour, with nearly 500 visitors


    Schools

    Malcolm X Elementary, two blocks away, is one of the most sought-after public schools in Berkeley. In the zone for Willard Middle School, also highly sought-after.


    Transportation

    A short distance to Ashby BART, convenient to multiple bus lines, and easy access to Highways 13, 24, and 80. Russell recently designated a calm street to prioritize bicyclists and pedestrians. Ride up Russell for North-South bike lanes on Milvia, or down Russell to get to North-South bike routes to Emeryville. It’s not far from Strawberry Park and the long bike path that continues to El Cerrito.


    Recreation

    Grove Park is a half-block away, with tennis and basketball courts, a softball field, and play areas for toddlers and big kids. Also about a block away is the South Branch of Berkeley Public Library, including the City’s only Tool Lending Library. San Pablo Park is a straight shot down Russell. City Parks and Recreation is currently holding community input sessions on renovations to the tot and big-kid play areas at Grove Park. The City sponsors fun open-air movies and fairs throughout the year in Grove Park.


    Conveniences

    Ashby Grocery, with a deli, groceries, and sundries is nearby. Unlike many other corner stores, its owners do not believe in selling alcohol.

    2644 Ashby Avenue Berkeley CA 94705