Property Details

101 Franciscan Way, Kensington

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Sold $820,000 SOLD (List: 749K) - Single Family Home
3 Bedrooms2 Bathrooms1 Car Garage Print this page

California Dreamin’: Chic, Single-Level Mid-Century Retreat

Stylish and sophisticated, L-shaped single-level 3BD/2BA retreat featuring a central courtyard, open floor plan, master suite, renovated baths, two fireplaces, private zen garden, detached garage, and exquisite walls of windows to enjoy this incredible setting that has inspired generations of artists.

Built in 1939 by J.M. Walker and designed by San Francisco Architect Roland J. Stringham as part of a compound/artist colony for famed photographer Donald Ross. Ross was both father to photographer Merg Ross ( and a friend and contemporary of Edward Weston.  The master bedroom and bath were once a studio and darkroom to Mr. Ross where there is now a wonderful bedroom suite with private entrance, dual closets, corner and casement windows, fireplace, and a book-lined transition area to master bath with a modern walk-in shower.

The heart of the current home is the open living/dining area with its vaulted ceiling, wood-paneled walls, fireplace, and dramatic horizontal windows overlooking the courtyard and private backyard. This room is the essence of California indoor/outdoor living with views of the home’s outdoor sanctuaries featuring patios, built-in seating, Japanese maples, bamboo, and many drought-resistant plantings.

Opposite the master suite are two additional bedrooms with stylish, contemporary Jack and Jill bath with walk-in shower and contemporary vanity. The third bedroom is currently configured as a home office with beamed ceiling, built-in desk and closet. The front bedroom is sizeable with open views and large closet.

The kitchen is off the dining area and features Corian counters, ample cabinetry, 5-burner stove, double sink and convenient access to the outdoor vegetable garden, barbecue and covered laundry area.

Other notable amenities include bamboo flooring, dual-paned windows, Dutch door entry, designer lighting, detached garage with automatic door, new sewer, and new ducting.

Become the third owner of this extraordinary home near BART, Solano Avenue and the wonderful amenities of Kensington and North Berkeley. It is an opportunity to enjoy a lifestyle enriched by contemporary amenities and the pioneering artists of the early modernist movement.