- PROPERTY DETAILS
- 3 Bedrooms
- 3 Bathrooms
- 2,401 SF
- 12,628 SF Lot
1032 Park Hills offers the very best of the Berkeley lifestyle. This casual mid-century bungalow has been lovingly maintained and updated to create a wonderful entertainers’ home nestled into a luscious natural setting. Located at the edge of Tilden Park, you’ll feel like you are living in a Tahoe retreat, while just a short distance from Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto and Solano shops, Farmers Markets and all of Berkeley’s great foodie, educational, and entertainment options.
The home is sited on a double lot & a corner, giving a maximum feeling of loftiness with verdant nature views in every direction. The quiet serenity of the area provides for a contemplative home or work-from-home life, but you’ll want to host many events in the open flow layout. Family get-togethers, dinner parties, and house concerts will organize themselves in this wonderful setting for gatherings.
A combined living room & dining room comprise the center of the home, with a natural flow out to the rear enclosed patio for outdoor dining & to the wings of the house at either end. Banks of windows on either side of the room bring soft natural light & expansive nature views in from every angle. The fireplace with stacked stone surround and wood mantle completes the invitation to gather here for cozy events.
The large updated kitchen is a true cooks’ dream with a six burner Wolf stove, a workstation island, an abundance of cabinetry, a separate pantry, & leathered granite counter tops. The kitchen bonus-space with gas fireplace make this an extraordinarily flexible area for a couch or comfy chairs, or an eat-in kitchen table. Expansive skylights + recessed lighting & two deep ledge windows flood the room with light from all directions.
Every common area room offers extensive windows & doors that connect interior & exterior to nature & allow easy movement around the house & lot.
The three bedrooms, two of the baths & the laundry are located in the south wing of the house for a sense of privacy & nice separation of space. On the other end of the home down just a few steps is a large family room with expansive windows to the view. The family room wing houses a dedicated third full bath, & offers potential for entertainment, stay-over guests, or an office with a separate exterior entrance. The two car+ detached garage is just adjacent off a covered walkway, providing winter comfort for access! The garage offers tremendous flexibility for multiple autos, a workshop, and may even be an expansion. The exterior back is fully fenced from the front yard for privacy, deer & dog protection. Walkways surround the full perimeter of the house making access to outdoor spaces convenient.
Extensive gardens were professionally designed & maintained by local designers Farallon Gardens, with attention to being low maintenance, drought & deer tolerant, & to integrate well into the local natural terrain. The double lot Provides multiple exterior spaces with paths that allow free travel around the different areas of garden. Though the landscaping is well established, there is still plenty of room for the next gardener to grow & shape this site to their own vision. A flat area near the garage could be a perfect patio extension or play area.
Mature trees include: Dogwood, magnolia, red leafed Japanese maple, incense cedar, and more.
A spectacular vintage Cecile Brunner climbing rose in the back forms a beautiful canopy from the upper patio to the lower. We don’t know the exact age, but it’s easily 25 to 30 years old and possibly older.
The original owners were Elizabeth (Betty) and Fitzhugh Rollins, a chemist and engineer respectively. They were also renowned local gardeners and 1032 Park Hills Rd was both home & experimental garden. Betty established and maintained the herb garden at the nearby Berkeley Botanical Garden in Strawberry Canyon. They developed the garden site at this home over a 30 year period. She specially mixed the great soil for her garden & was an enthusiastic propagator who bred fancy oreganos. Berkeley Hort used to sell a variety that was named for Elizabeth. There are still rare and unusual plants present on the lot. She was an avid composter and used to say you should always share your plants so that if yours dies, you can always get it back.
The current owners are enthusiastic outdoors people: Chris a sailor and woodworker, Karen an avid birder and textile arts officianado. They actively maintained multiple bird feeders on the back patio. The back windows created a kind of up close observation room from inside the home for the wide variety of small birds that regularly visited the back. The front windows & front patio are perfect spots for observing flocks & larger birds that inhabit the surrounding tall trees.
- PROPERTY DETAILS
- 3 Bedrooms
- 3 Bathrooms
- 2,401 SF
- 12,628 SF Lot
Features & Updates
- Open flow combined LR/DR with garden & hill views, opens to enclosed patio
- Large family room with dedicated bath plus garden & far hills views
- 2 fireplaces, one gas, stacked stone facings with wood mantels
- Laundry close to bedrooms
- Small dog door to enclosed back yard area
- Large two car detached garage offers opportunity for multiple vehicles, workshop, and/or expansion potential
- Large cooks’ kitchen, built 2009
- 6 burner Wolf stove
- Stainless steel appliances
- Extensive cabinetry, plus separate pantry
- Leathered granite counter tops
- Kitchen island with bar seating
- Separate eat-in kitchen or sitting area with gas fireplace
- Vaulted ceilings with expansive skylights + recessed lighting
- Large, irrigated, deer and drought tolerant, hillside garden, professionally designed & maintained by local designers Farallon Gardens.
- Enclosed back patio(s) with raised beds.
- A spectacular vintage Cecile Brunner rose in the back forms a beautiful canopy from the lower patio to the upper.
- Mature trees include: Dogwood, Magnolia, red leafed Japanese Maple, Incense Cedar, and more on site.
- Multiple exterior spaces with paths that allow travel around the different areas of garden on the double lot.
Tilden Park & Park Hills Neighborhood
Tilden Park is known as the jewel of the East Bay regional parks. Its recreational activities have become a happy tradition among young and old alike. With more than 2000 acres of park, Tilden Park hosts a wide variety of activities from Lake Anza for swimming and picnicking, a carousel, the Little Farm (petting farm) to the Steam Train ride, stables, & many, many hiking, biking, and off leash trails. Wildlife abounds: deer, foxes, turkeys,& raptors are not uncommon to see. Wildcat Canyon corridor is a major touring bike route through the hills & connects over to Orinda and Briones areas for long distance bicycling. At 1032 Park Hills, Tilden Park is right outside your door. Residents frequently walk or bike over for a swim or hike or a carousel ride without ever having to get into a car.
Park Hills is known as a community within a community. It was developed in the 1940’s by the sons of Frank Olmstead, the world renowned park designer (of NY Central Park fame). The Olmsted Brothers designed the neighborhood to integrate as seamlessly as possible into the natural environment and blend with Tilden Park. The original homeowners were largely affiliated with UC Berkeley, many being faculty. Some original owners still reside there. As they are aging out, younger professionals are moving in, and the community continues to be an internationally diverse mix of academics, technologists, scientists, artists, and creative thinkers of the day. The location tends to attract owners who want to be close to the natural environment. The area is central to not only Berkeley, but is the easy access non-freeway route to Orinda and Cal Shakes.
There are three common areas in the development – a children’s play park across the street on The Crescent, a meadow down near the entry, and the entry gates, that are maintained by the association through the HOA dues.
The Park Hills association has an annual party for its residents. There are regular Friday night gatherings of the dog owners at Crescent Park plus informal gatherings for dog socializing dates for the younger dogs on Tuesday mornings. Park Hills has an active emergency preparedness group and phone/email tree, including some car pooling possibilities.
1032 Park Hills Road is a very unique home and opportunity. Please visit our open houses to experience all that is special here.