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Welcome to 25 Tanglewood Road, a modern masterpiece by distinguished Architect Stanley Saitowitz from the original home by Hans Ostwald. As seen in the pages of Metropolitan Home Magazine, the home is a 2.5 million dollar renovation with finishes by notable interior design firm Hulburd Design and landscape architecture by Blasen Landscape Architecture.
Uniquely situated on a vast, park-like double lot featuring a 4+ bedroom, 4.5.5 bath main residence and a private, detached 1 bedroom, 1 bath guest house with dedicated parking for three. It is a magnificent sanctuary (no neighbors on either side) situated on a quiet dead-end street around the corner from Claremont District shops and restaurants, the popular Claremont Hotel, Spa, Swim and Tennis Club, and the Berkeley Tennis Club. It is an extraordinary location within walking distance of the UC Berkeley campus, College Avenue shopping, the Rockridge BART station, and the Market Hall.
A 2005 book about Saitowitz features the residence and describes its creation, “The design strips and rebuilds a 1950’s house. The courtyard footprint is expanded to create an H, and the vertical massing is reoriented to follow the topography of the hill. The exterior is clad in zinc and horizontal wood siding. The roof folds over, turning into a wall that protects the interior. Lower walls bound the H to create outdoor courts. The interior is refurbished in a palette of simple materials, including concrete, drywall, wood, and glass. A quiet world of spaces and courts forms a peaceful setting: house intertwined with garden, flowing in and out of the transparent walls.”
The house is a masterwork that integrates bountiful light and lush greenery with an interior that is grand in scale but creates a sense of intimacy, warmth and comfort. Some of the extraordinary features of 25 Tanglewood Road:
- The 41’ x 16’ foot kitchen with extraordinary custom cabinetry, professional-grade appliances, fireplace, and a series of sleek islands providing generous storage and prep areas. The kitchen is the heart of the home. It includes a built-in sitting/media area and a casual dining space that seats 12 or more and offers inspiring views of redwoods and Japanese maples.
- The formal living room off the internal courtyard features clerestory windows that bathe the room in natural light while preserving privacy from the street.
- The formal dining room with adjoining study/music room is surrounded on both sides by walls of glass and lush views. As Metropolitan Magazine noted in a feature article: “A strip of white concrete set into the black-stained concrete floors rises to create a low bench, dividing the dining room from the music area.” The strip continues through the courtyards on either side, rising and falling into benches and retaining wall, a visual axis for the home. Enormous sliding glass doors open onto an outdoor terrace and a garden shaded by three towering redwood trees.
- The spacious, ground floor master wing features walls of designer closets, a spa-like bath trimmed in charcoal mosaic tile (with dual vanities, bidet, sunken tub, and separate shower), dual offices with shared half bath, and separate side yard entrances.
- The second story bedroom wing features three additional bedrooms, one master suite, adjoining sitting/entertainment area and Jack and Jill full bath – all with views of the lush grounds.
- The detached guest house sits privately at the back of the property with living area, bedroom, kitchen with pantry, bath and storage room.
- Nearly every room enjoys sleek finishes including built-ins, bookshelves, seating areas and desks. Subtle opportunities abound for storage. Amenities are tucked quietly into the background with design integrity and an eye on enhancing the aesthetic experience of the home.
- Incredible design integrity throughout; each bathroom with a unique color palette but similar modern flourishes
- The expansive, mature grounds – lushly landscaped – create the ever-present magic of this urban oasis. A stone gravel path arcs around the perimeter of the grounds; an opportunity for quiet contemplation enhanced by native and exotic plantings throughout.
- A double lot; potentially buildable (plans available for an 1800 square foot 2 bedroom/2 bath home with separate office/guest suite designed by Architect Regan Bice). The possibilities are endless.
- 8-zone European hydronic heating system (7 main house; 1 guest house). PEX vinyl tubing is laid in cement; highly efficient.
- Flush, locking floor receptacles in floor for convenience and child safety
- Zinc fascia siding
25 Tanglewood is the opportunity of a lifetime — living art — a warm and intelligent compound at the center of the East Bay’s landmark neighborhood.
See more images from the Saitowitz book.
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