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Perched above a quiet street in the Berkeley Hills, with sweeping bay and city views, 1097 Miller is a 3BD/2BA home where the signature hallmarks of a Mid-Century Modern blend with stylish modern updates. The sun washed open floor plan, remodeled chef’s kitchen and baths, and private owner’s suite create a modern aesthetic with abundant retro charm. A professionally landscaped terraced back garden enjoys multi-level basalt patios, a Caldera spa, and plenty of room to entertain for the best of California indoor/outdoor living. The home also includes a carport with two parking spaces and a TESLA electric vehicle wall charger. Moments from Downtown Berkeley, the home is also situated near Tilden Park, Grizzly Peak, and Cragmont Rock Park with its beautiful views and opportunities for rock climbing beginners.
A staircase leads to the delightful gated patio where a bright blue front door opens onto a wide entryway. In the mid-century modern tradition, the living and dining rooms are completely open, creating a spacious common area featuring gleaming hardwood floors and plank ceilings with exposed beams. The living room boasts a wood-burning fireplace with ethanol insert and built-in shelves for books or display of collectibles. The adjoining dining room is also connected to the kitchen, and features a distinctive pendant light. A wall of windows spans the front of the home, filling the rooms with natural light and providing sweeping views of the bay and the San Francisco skyline.
The remodeled chef’s kitchen has been beautifully updated with stone countertops, lovely wood cabinets, and large format floor tiles. The discerning home chef will appreciate the 4-burner gas range with built-in griddle and the practical Bosch dishwasher. Two large pantry cabinets offer storage for a well-stocked kitchen, and above the dual sink a wide sunny window has a deep sill, perfect for a mini herb garden.
The two bedrooms on this level enjoy wide windows overlooking the beautiful back garden and share a large full bath with shower over tub, stone-topped vanity, and linen closet for storage.
Downstairs, the private owner’s suite includes a large closet with folding louvered doors and a separate entrance with its own entryway (making this a candidate for an au pair suite or separate apartment?). The adjoining full bath features a step-in shower with glass doors, pedestal sink, and linen closet for storage. Also on this level is a laundry room with washer/dryer, utility sink, built-in storage, and a door into a partial basement.
The terraced back garden is an enchanting retreat, fully enclosed with multi-level basalt patios for casual barbeques, sophisticated alfresco dining, or just quiet contemplation beneath the stars, and the luxurious Caldera spa is a perfect place for relaxing as the sun sets on a busy day. Professionally designed and landscaped with a carefully chosen mix of beautiful drought-resistant plants, the garden has a balmy So-Cal feel, with solid wood retaining walls and stairs, solar up-lights, and a low-maintenance irrigation system.
This lovely home is located in a tranquil pocket of the wooded Berkeley Hills, but is just moments from the vibrant city of Berkeley with its small town vibe and world class amenities including the much-loved Gourmet District - home to the world-renowned Chez Panisse and other Michelin Star restaurants. Also nearby are Berkeley’s acclaimed produce haven, Monterey Market, Magnani butcher, Cafe Roma and local favorite, Gioia pizzeria. The larger city of Berkeley - like many university towns - offers a wealth of entertainment and outdoor activities including music and art festivals, street fairs, and exhibits.
Highlights at a Glance:
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.