Sold $1,450,000 (List Price: $1,198,000) - Single Family Home
Perched above a quiet street in the Berkeley Hills, with sweeping bay and city views, 1097 Miller is a 3BD/2BA home where the signature hallmarks of a Mid-Century Modern blend with stylish modern updates. The sun washed open floor plan, remodeled chef’s kitchen and baths, and private owner’s suite create a modern aesthetic with abundant retro charm. A professionally landscaped terraced back garden enjoys multi-level basalt patios, a Caldera spa, and plenty of room to entertain for the best of California indoor/outdoor living. The home also includes a carport with two parking spaces and a TESLA electric vehicle wall charger. Moments from Downtown Berkeley, the home is also situated near Tilden Park, Grizzly Peak, and Cragmont Rock Park with its beautiful views and opportunities for rock climbing beginners.
A staircase leads to the delightful gated patio where a bright blue front door opens onto a wide entryway. In the mid-century modern tradition, the living and dining rooms are completely open, creating a spacious common area featuring gleaming hardwood floors and plank ceilings with exposed beams. The living room boasts a wood-burning fireplace with ethanol insert and built-in shelves for books or display of collectibles. The adjoining dining room is also connected to the kitchen, and features a distinctive pendant light. A wall of windows spans the front of the home, filling the rooms with natural light and providing sweeping views of the bay and the San Francisco skyline.
The remodeled chef’s kitchen has been beautifully updated with stone countertops, lovely wood cabinets, and large format floor tiles. The discerning home chef will appreciate the 4-burner gas range with built-in griddle and the practical Bosch dishwasher. Two large pantry cabinets offer storage for a well-stocked kitchen, and above the dual sink a wide sunny window has a deep sill, perfect for a mini herb garden.
The two bedrooms on this level enjoy wide windows overlooking the beautiful back garden and share a large full bath with shower over tub, stone-topped vanity, and linen closet for storage.
Downstairs, the private owner’s suite includes a large closet with folding louvered doors and a separate entrance with its own entryway (making this a candidate for an au pair suite or separate apartment?). The adjoining full bath features a step-in shower with glass doors, pedestal sink, and linen closet for storage. Also on this level is a laundry room with washer/dryer, utility sink, built-in storage, and a door into a partial basement.
The terraced back garden is an enchanting retreat, fully enclosed with multi-level basalt patios for casual barbeques, sophisticated alfresco dining, or just quiet contemplation beneath the stars, and the luxurious Caldera spa is a perfect place for relaxing as the sun sets on a busy day. Professionally designed and landscaped with a carefully chosen mix of beautiful drought-resistant plants, the garden has a balmy So-Cal feel, with solid wood retaining walls and stairs, solar up-lights, and a low-maintenance irrigation system.
This lovely home is located in a tranquil pocket of the wooded Berkeley Hills, but is just moments from the vibrant city of Berkeley with its small-town vibe and world class amenities including the much-loved Gourmet District – home to the world-renowned Chez Panisse and other Michelin Star restaurants. Also nearby are Berkeley’s acclaimed produce haven, Monterey Market, Magnani butcher, Cafe Roma and local favorite, Gioia pizzeria. The larger city of Berkeley – like many university towns – offers a wealth of entertainment and outdoor activities including music and art festivals, street fairs, and exhibits.
Highlights at a Glance:
Stunning bay and SF views
Open floor plan
Updated chef’s kitchen and baths
Private owner’s suite with separate entrance
Low-maintenance top of the line Caldera spa
Two-space carport prepared for the future with a Tesla wall connector and an additional outlet for a second EVC
Professionally landscaped dog-friendly fenced garden