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734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
734 Wildcat Canyon Road, Berkeley, CA 94708
  • PROPERTY DETAILS
  • $1,395,000
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2.5 Bathrooms
  • 2,095 SF
  • 6,372 SF Lot
  • Built in 1957
  • HOA $250/year

About

With Tilden Park as your front yard, you will revel in the quiet provided in this lovingly refreshed and true midcentury-modern home.  Whether you work from home, or simply want a peaceful naturalized setting to come home to, 734 Wildcat Canyon Rd. offers a perfect environment to inspire and create the next chapters of your life.

Birdsong and bicycles are the prominent sounds you’ll hear on most any day here.  An occasional goat bleating on the next hill and the distant sound of an accordion player wafting through the trees lends a homey bucolic feeling and nature will comfort your senses. Whether watching the red shouldered hawks draft and swoop from tree to tree, or the wild turkeys and deer that frolic and meander near the upper path across the way, you’ll find you want to simply soak in the sounds of nature.

The home is architecturally a classic and true Midcentury modern, with intact original wood details, soft angled lines, an open living room-dining room combination and windows designed to draw the eye outside from every perspective.  It has been recently and lovingly refreshed with careful attention to retain its authenticity and natural ambience. 

The floor plan offers immense flexibility for a casual modern lifestyle for family, live-work and definitely for entertaining.  The first floor rooms overflow gently on one side directly onto a large enclosed engineered deck for the ultimate indoor outdoor entertainment setting.  On the other is a small observation deck for birdwatching or just a spot to wonder at the natural beauty of Tilden.  The wood walls have been recently rejuvenated to enhance their natural rich wood tone.  (You know they don’t make wood like this anymore.)  A classic mid-century fireplace with floating concrete hearth completes the picture of a warm and inviting common area for family gatherings or entertaining.

The kitchen provides generous storage with original but refreshed wood cabinetry on three sides, a sink and counter work area with an expansive treetop view, and a green house window.  Countertops of corian on the work surfaces plus original Heath tile and custom wood cubby storage at the pass-through make this a great working kitchen. New Samsung stainless steel appliances include a convection oven with Sabbath feature and bottom freezer refrigerator to make this a true cooks’ kitchen.  There’s plenty of room to work together and collaborate at mealtime.

Separation of space defines the distinctive layout of 734 Wildcat Canyon. as the floors graduate gently, offering real privacy between the common space and individuals’ rooms.  Assessed as 5 bedrooms, this unique floor plan works well as either 5 bedrooms, or 4 bed and an office, or 3 beds, an office and an au pair with a separate entrance to the deck.   The master bedroom on the middle level hosts its own private deck plus an en-suite bath with large Heath tile shower, floating vanity and drop ceiling that provides a soft filtered light.  A central bedroom with large closet can function as a nursery, or office, or art studio with view or with the original accordion door reinstalled, as a bedroom.  A few more steps down takes you to the two lower bedrooms looking out toward Tilden. Through a door on the second floor towards the front there is a large bedroom that has its own separate entrance out to the deck.  If you don’t have need of the 5th bedroom now, this space has real potential as a private office, as a roommate option, or as an au pair.  

734 Wildcat Canyon Road has been owned by the same family since it was built.  This part of Berkeley developed in the 50’s and 60’s and was originally populated by UC Berkeley faculty and Lawrence Berkeley Labs families.  Today, the surrounding neighborhood offer a diverse community of world travelers, academics, artists, engineers, writers, and thinkers of the day.

The original home was designed by Douglas L. Cayne, a San Francisco architect known for his mid-century modern designs, and local Berkeley developers Paul Lawrence and Arthur Probasco, who built a number or homes on Wildcat Canyon and the surrounding areas.  Additions completed in 1966 included an enlarged deck and the two lower bedrooms designed by Berkeley architect David Burton.  Extensive engineered structural upgrades on the foundation and deck were completed in 1985 & 86, designed by well-known East Bay soils engineer Joe Provenzano and structural engineer Jerold Turner. 

Transparently Priced at $1,395,000.  East Bay structural pest inspection has been cleared by licensed contractor and sewer lateral is compliant.  Call agent for disclosures and offer date.

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  • PROPERTY DETAILS
  • $1,395,000
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2.5 Bathrooms
  • 2,095 SF
  • 6,372 SF Lot
  • Built in 1957
  • HOA $250/year

Features & Updates

  • Classic and true Midcentury modern
  • Original wood details
  • Flexible floorplan
  • Large enclosed engineered deck
  • Fireplace with floating concrete hearth
  • Generous storage
  • Brand new Samsung stainless steel appliances
  • 5th Bedroom can be office or au pair

Location

Wildcat Canyon Road is located in Berkeley, along the very edge of Tilden Park, (known as the jewel of the East Bay Regional Parks) with its many hiking trails, picnic and activity areas.  The Little Farm and Carousel are close by, right off Wildcat at Grizzly, and Lake Anza is a short hike from 734 for summertime swimming.  The Steam Train, the Botanic Garden, and the Environmental Eduction Center are all nearby.  Wildcat Canyon Road is one of the the most popular bicycling corridors through Tilden, and outward to Briones and Orinda and Moraga.  UC Berkeley campus and Lawrence Berkeley Labs are a very short commute by bike, bus, or car, and nearby Lawrence Hall of Science with it’s magnificent lookout point to the bay make this a wonderful place to live.  Coffee, Shopping, and restaurants are a short 15 minutes away to either campus or to Gourmet Ghetto, Berkeley’s many farmers markets, Monterey Market, Solano Ave, and so much more. Orinda is further but easily accessed just down Wildcat Canyon to the San Pablo Dam Road.

The first time you visit 734 Wildcat Canyon, access may seem a little confusing, but it is really quite easy.  GPS will tell you when you reach 734, but there is no driveway on Wildcat Canyon itself.  You access the home via Woodhaven Rd.  There is a sign on Wildcat that directs you up what looks like a driveway to several homes.  The street very quickly angles around to the right to run parallel to Wildcat Canyon and 734 is just a few doors down.

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