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123 Testing Blvd, CA 789
123 Testing Blvd, CA 789
123 Testing Blvd, CA 789
123 Testing Blvd, CA 789
123 Testing Blvd, CA 789
123 Testing Blvd, CA 789
  • PROPERTY DETAILS
  • $825,000
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1,009 SF
  • 4,000 Lot SF
  • Built in 1938

About

You can’t help being charmed by this light and bright Craftsman bungalow at 311 Ramona Avenue in El Cerrito, especially when you see all the butterflies floating through the garden! The thoughtfully planted backyard has been a sweet refuge for monarch caterpillars and emerging butterflies for years. The immaculate split-level home will be your haven, too, when you’re not soaking up everything that central El Cerrito offers. Ramona Avenue sits a few short blocks from parks, schools, El Cerrito Plaza shops, Fat Apples (pies!), Kensington Circle restaurants and farmers market, and easy BART access.

The two-bed, two-bath home features handsome Craftsman details like archways between the living and dining rooms, an inviting fireplace, and gleaming hardwood floors. A lower-level bonus room with a full bathroom is perfect for an office, den, or guest room. Perhaps the best part of this 1930s home is the view from the updated kitchen into the tranquil garden filled with happy pollinator plants. A doorway off the kitchen flows onto a generous deck, where you’ll sit with your morning coffee (or cocktail-hour drink of choice) and watch busy butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. The longtime owner, who wanted to help the waning western monarch population, planted milkweed (the caterpillars’ favorite feast), sage, lavender, yarrow, salvia, purple butterfly bush, and more. She also added a netted butterfly enclosure to keep cocoons safe. She guesses that 100 monarchs were born here!

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  • PROPERTY DETAILS
  • $825,000
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1,009 SF
  • 4,000 Lot SF
  • Built in 1938

Features & Updates

  • Immaculate split-level 1930s Craftsman bungalow
  • Arched passageways
  • Gleaming hardwood floors
  • Inviting tiled fireplace
  • 2 bedrooms with amble natural light (upper level)
  • Bathroom with a ruby tempered glass vessel sink and a partial glass-enclosed shower over a whirlpool tub (upper level)
  • Bonus room on the lower level with a generous closet, bathroom with a shower, and a separate entrance. Perfect for an office, den, or guest room
  • Updated kitchen with granite countertops and clean white cabinetry
  • A door from the kitchen opens to a generous deck – perfect for indoor-outdoor Bay Area living, entertaining, and butterfly watching!
  • Thoughtfully planted butterfly and pollinator garden (see the garden guide)
  • Attached garage with laundry

Location

311 Ramona Avenue is wonderfully located in the heart of El Cerrito. It is mere minutes from schools, parks, shopping, dining, and BART. Highlights include:

  • Beloved Fat Apples bakery and restaurant is a block away.
  • El Cerrito Plaza for convenient one-stop shopping: Trader Joe’s, Lucky’s supermarket, Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Jo Ann Fabrics, PetCo, and more.
  • For panoramic views of SF Bay, wander a block from the house and enter the park-like Sunset View Cemetery. Also take advantage of the fascinating historic walking tours.
  • Harding Park, tennis courts, and clubhouse are adjacent to Harding Elementary School – all are a half-mile away.
  • Kensington Circle, located at the intersection of Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, and Kensington, is a neighborhood gem! Check out Kensington Circus Pub, Semifreddi’s bakery, Benchmark Pizzeria, Hiersoux Gallery for fine ceramics, Colusa Market, and Nubo Spa.
  • Kensington Farmer’s Market in the circle features gorgeous produce and flowers every Sunday.
  • Harding Elementary and El Cerrito High are a half-mile away.
  • Tilden Regional Park is the East Bay’s most treasured open space for hiking, biking, golfing, and playing.
  • 2.5 miles to BART-El Cerrito
  • 15 miles to downtown San Francisco
  • Easy access to I-80, I-580, and San Pablo Avenue