Sold $2,250,000 (List Price: $1,295,000) - Single Family Home
A Berkeley gem, 2905 Newbury is an exquisite 4BD/3BA Eastlake “Stick” Victorian situated on a 5000 sq ft lot with a rare detached 2-car garage including a separate 1BD/1BA in-law apartment above (built in 2014). Lovingly maintained with thoughtful stylish upgrades that blend beautifully with the gorgeous Victorian ambience, the home features a formal dining room, beautifully remodeled chef’s kitchen and baths, and three bedrooms on one level – one configured with an enclosed sun porch. The home also includes an expansive back yard with an urban garden (and a chicken coop!), as well as wonderful vintage details like hip and gable roofs, fish scale decorative trim, and tall bay windows. Situated in South Berkeley, the home is moments from UC Berkeley, downtown Berkeley, and a wide array of independent shops, restaurants, and cafes including Berkeley Bowl, Sconehenge Cafe, and Third Culture Bakery. Conveniently located for commuters, the home is near major transportation routes including AC Transit and the Ashby and Downtown BART stations.
From the traditional front porch with decorative front gable and millwork spindles, a focal point of the charming entryway is the original newel post and elegant stairway lit by a vintage-style pendant light and is open to the gracious living room with gleaming hardwood floors and high ceilings. Built-in shelves flank a rectangular bay window – a perfect spot for a sunny window seat overlooking the neighborhood.
Pocket doors open onto the sun-washed formal dining room whose period features include double-hung windows, a closet with built-in shelves with a pass-through window, traditional wood fireplace with decorative tile face, and a vintage-style pendant light. Across the hall is a butler’s pantry with shelves and drawers – a feature from another era.
The spacious chef’s kitchen has been stylishly remodeled with Corian countertops and backsplash, modern maple cabinets that reach to the high ceiling, and a mobile island with additional space for meal prep. The experienced home chef will appreciate the gas range, Bosch dishwasher, and huge pantry.
The kitchen is open to a cheerful dining area for informal meals, and to an open sitting room lined with windows and a glass door leading to the enchanting backyard. The adjacent laundry area houses a Miele front-loading washer and dryer, stone counter for folding clothes, and shelves and cabinets for storage. A split bath includes a tiled walk-in shower with travertine bench seating.
Upstairs, running the full width of the home, the primary bedroom is a beautiful, light-filled retreat with engineered hardwood floors and a rectangular bay window overlooking the neighborhood. Two additional bedrooms enjoy large windows and closets; one leads to an enclosed sun porch surrounded by walls of windows overlooking the lush yard below.
The three bedrooms share a large bath with a delightful shower over clawfoot tub and a freestanding vanity with vintage-style medicine chest.
Above the detached two-car garage and workshop- constructed in the same style as the main house – a stylish 1BD/1BA full-service apartment (ADU) features an open common area with skylight, a full bath, laundry, and a generous bedroom with cedar closet organizer. Sliding glass doors open onto a wide balcony overlooking the neighborhood.
Shaded by live oak and white birch trees, the expansive backyard is an urban oasis – both beautiful and practical. In addition to a profusion of day lilies, iris, poppies, impatiens, and sweet peas, berry bushes and fruit trees provide a bountiful harvest. Beds in the side and front yards have been planted with herbs and vegetables including thyme, oregano, mint, celery, kale, artichokes, and sweet snap peas. And just for fun – or for fresh eggs – a fenced chicken coop is ready for occupancy. With two patios and paved walkways, the yard is also perfect for entertaining with room for neighborhood barbecues, a children’s play structure, or ping pong table.
All of this is perfectly situated in the tranquil city of Berkeley, internationally known for its intellectual richness, cultural diversity, and progressive values. The city offers an abundance of entertainment options typical of a university town – not only restaurants and cafes, but also bookstores, museums, art galleries, and theaters.
Radiant (hydronic) heating (rebuilt in 2021)
Newer oak floors in LR/DR (2020)
Gray water irrigation for garden
Fire sprinkler system in ADU
Backyard 4-zone drip irrigation system
2 tankless water heaters
240 & 120 vac outlets in garage for car charging
18-panel owned solar power system
Heath Tile shower
Metro Lighting kitchen fixtures
5000 square foot lot
New Eglu chicken coop and expanded run