Julia Morgan House in Berkeley Hills
This Julia Morgan designed classic home on a 2 acre estate adjacent to UC Berkeley fields, hillside and forest was built for the McFarlane family in the 1920s. The generously appointed three plus bedroom, three bath home was described by Morgan's biographer, Sara Boutelle, as the Berkeley architect's hidden masterpiece.
The stunning view of downtown San Francisco, the Golden Gate bridge and southern Marin County from the vantage point of the veranda of the finest estate on Panoramic Hill is surpassed only by the quiet charm of the solidly built home with its fascinating nooks and crannies.
The house was built in typical Morgan style, with generous sized rooms with redwood beams and large, solid windows allowing a magnificent light to fill the well appointed space. Outside, Morgan's design included sturdy trellises overhung with scented wisteria to complete the sense of space, with cobbled walkways, rock gardens, ponds and mighty redwoods as part of the estate living
Set on a natural, gently sloping, transition in the woods on Panoramic Hill the property has a creek running through it with a bridge and path leading to a beautiful hillside estate view of the San Francisco Bay. Wild turkeys, deer, a flock of wild band tailed pigeons and migrating birds co-inhabit the estate, and yet you are only a few blocks away from the University as well as shops, restaurants, and entertainment. Higher up the hill there are miles of hiking and running trails.
The house also has a private garden in a fenced yard. It has had modifications to make it more comfortable yet it retains the charm of an older home living.
The owners have preserved the integrity of Morgan's design by keeping the original butcher block counters in the kitchen, as well as the spacious pantry, but the kitchen has been updated with new appliances and the home has recently been redecorated. The kitchen comes fully stocked with pots, pans, dishware, and cutlery.
There is also a formal dining room and living room with cathedral ceilings and a full San Francisco Bay view framed by California native oaks.
The upper floor has three bedrooms, and a den. Each bedroom has its own separate bath. The upper garden bedroom has a queen sized bed and den, with separate entrance.
There is a very roomy master bedroom/sitting room with a king sized bed and bath. The third suite has a small bedroom with twin sized trundle bed (pull out bed underneath) and a living room with two sofa/beds.
All linen and towels supplied.
There is central (forced air) heating, Wi-Fi hi-speed internet, cable TV and a washer/dryer en suite.
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5000 Sq. Feet
|Available from Wednesday, January 18, 2012 until Saturday, December 07, 2013
|Flexibles With Dates
|Comments on Dates
3+month rental = lower rent