2643 Hillegass Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704

$2,550,000 | Sold $2,450,000

2643 Hillegass Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704

7 BD

2.5 BA

3,351 SF


4,760 SF Lot

Single family residence

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About 2643 Hillegass Avenue

Seven Bedroom Elmwood Craftsman SFH – Stylishly updated & FULL of possibilities.

Rare opportunity for an expansive and flexible Craftsman 7 bedroom home in the heart of Berkeley’s coveted Elmwood district. Yes, you read that right – SEVEN (7) bedrooms in a single family home affords so much flexibility for myriad uses over time.  (Note: This is NOT a duplex – this IS a single family home.)

Whether your family is growing and you need extra space for the triplets, or a dedicated floor for grandparents or a nanny, this home is perfect for a large family or multi-generational living, with potential for separate, dedicated guest quarters. Or maybe you’ve really wanted a truly separate home-office suite or artist’s studio. Perhaps you’ve considered a co-housing arrangement with friends or family? Or maybe you’d simply like a few extra rooms to rent to help offset the mortgage. Bring your imagination to this extraordinary home to create the next chapter of your story…and possibly for generations to come.

The home offers the ideal combo of classic details with sophisticated updating, designed by legendary remodeling group Nurture Source. Spacious rooms in a time-honored layout make this home elegant, inviting and well-appointed for entertaining gatherings and guests, while providing great separation of space between common and private areas.

First Floor: The first floor hosts the common areas. The generous kitchen, living room, a traditional formal dining room, plus a foyer for catching coats and shoe racks all stand ready to host family gatherings for every occasion. The living room is light filled and inviting, with a Bay window, bench seating, and a gas stove and original mantle. You’ll find plenty of room here for the large Christmas tree or a baby grand at one end of the room you’ve always wanted in your home. An elongated layout makes this room perfect for hosting house concerts, salons, fundraising events, or homework parties. You’ll be looking for a dining table with at least 2 leaves for this extra-large dining room where you’ll surely be hosting many holiday dinners in the years to come. Coved ceilings and modern lighting make this room cozy in a grand scale. The large updated kitchen can definitely accommodate a group working together so that too many cooks will NOT spoil the fun. Stylishly updated with stainless appliances, lots of cabinet space, black stone countertops, and a playful black and white tile backsplash give this kitchen both a professional and inviting feel. There is a traditional pantry room, just off the kitchen, plus a bonus/laundry room off the back that has enough space for a upright freezer, or additional pantry, or maybe a first floor office. The back doors open directly out to a large, sheltered yard, making in-door out-door entertaining a breeze.

Second Floor: Affording great separation of space from the family rooms, the middle floor holds 4 generous bedrooms off a central hallway.   A spacious master bedroom overlooking the back yard is more than large enough for a king sized bed and side tables with room to spare! Two medium sized bedrooms will hold queen sized beds and still have lots of room to play. The 4th bedroom is just the right size for a nursery, a child’s bedroom, or play space. Or holds potential to develop into an en-suite bath in the future. Second floor bath has been stylishly renovated with new flooring, vanity, plumbing, tile shower-over-tub. A green house window brightens the bathroom with diffused light and a gives a friendly cottage effect.

Third Floor: One more trip up the stairwell and you find yourself a world away from the main house. Bring your imagination because so many possibilities abound here. This floor offers 3 bedrooms, one large enough for a king-sized bed, one with plenty of room for a queen or a perfect office-sized room. One smaller bedroom at the back is again perfect for a child’s bedroom, or a sitting room or play room for the kids.  It’s easy to picture this as the nanny floor, or a self-contained guest suite. Even the potential for a kitchenette is easy to see here to create a self sufficient guest space. For those adapted to working from home – this is a perfect area for his and hers offices completely away from the common areas, or a suite of rooms for a home based business or art studio. Your imagination is the only limit to what these rooms can add to your lives and your use of the home!

Status: Sold

Open House: : October 8, 2:00 pm

Features & Updates

  • Classic Craftsman style
  • Updated kitchen with stone ctrs and stainless appliances
  • Pantry
  • Remodeled baths
  • Refinished wood floors
  • New electric baseboard heaters
  • New modern lighting fixtures
  • Many electrical and plumbing upgrades
  • Tesla solar – owned
  • Newer roof (in two parts), most replaced in 2023
  • Partial new exterior shingling
  • Full foundation replaced in 1990
  • Large yard with mature fruit trees – Meyer lemon & fig
  • Close to UC Berkeley campus & best Elmwood amenities

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Location Details

Conveniently located close to UC Berkeley campus and just 3 blocks to the heart of the Elmwood district, this wonderful home is convenient to the very best Berkeley has to offer. One of Berkeley’s favorite parks, Willard Park, is steps away at the corner, with tennis courts, a community rec room, plus an active dog-friendly community of friends gathering daily for play dates. A short 4-block walk gets you to the heart of the Elmwood shopping district with bakeries, coffee shops, destination restaurants, banks, a bookstore, and more. All Telegraph Ave amenities are a very short walk, or bike ride away. Rockridge and Claremont districts are close, just one click further.

2643 Hillegass is centrally located and close to the original Berkeley Bowl, Whole Foods, Safeway, and Trader Joes. A myriad of wonderful eateries surround the area with food from every corner of the planet represented. Easy access to commute corridors in all directions include Hwy’s 13, 24 and 580, and the address is central to 3 BART stations. AC Transit stops to Downtown Oakland, BART, campus, and Berkeley are 2 short blocks away on Telegraph Ave. CVS is right around the corner at the end of the block. This really is the very best of Berkeley!

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