Beneath a rose-covered arbor, behind the gate of a lattice-topped fence adorned with climbing roses, 2931 Piedmont is a light-filled 4++BD/3.5BA home in the heart of the Elmwood Park neighborhood of Berkeley. The Craftsman-era architecture blends with just a hint of the Victorian with its columned porch, dormer and bay windows, and front door with custom stained glass panels. Elegantly remodeled and upgraded, the beautifully maintained home features an eat-in chef’s kitchen, renovated baths, a stylish owner’s suite, 4 bedrooms on one level, and a finished attic with 2 additional bedrooms and shared full bath. This historic home was the first home built in the Elmwood Park tract in 1906. Mere steps from Ashby and College Avenues, this charming neighborhood boasts a walkability score of 98, and is close to the historic Elmwood shopping district and theater, as well as miles of hiking trails in Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve and Tilden Regional Park.
The welcoming entryway with its coved ceiling and period-inspired handmade Metro pendant light fixture features elegant oak floors and vintage wainscoting. A generous coat closet is conveniently placed.
Through the original pocket doors lies the light-filled living room with a plush window seat built into a gorgeous bay window overlooking the quiet, tree-lined street. A lovely space for quiet reading or formal entertaining, the room includes features typical of the period such as a coved ceiling, picture rails, wainscoting, and built-in cabinetry. A beautiful gas fireplace with Carerra marble facing graces one wall.
Pocket doors on the other side of the entryway lead to an elegant formal dining room large enough to host holiday dinners for extended family and friends, but also well-suited to smaller, more intimate gatherings.
The eat-in chef’s kitchen is anchored by a Viking 6-burner dual electric/gas range with two ovens and a Thermador hood. Stone counters with subway tile backsplash and abundant white birch cabinets with rich graining line the walls, and a window over the deep sink catches the sun. A large wine rack sits above the concealed Sub-Zero refrigerator, and an additional Sub-Zero under-counter freezer provides additional space. A stone-topped island offers additional counter space as well as a breakfast bar for quick meals or a place for friends to chat during meal prep. On the other side of the island is a wall of stone counters with glass-fronted birch cabinets to display your favorite glassware or kitchen collectibles. The kitchen is open to a charming breakfast room/dining area, where a wall of windows overlooks the professionally landscaped backyard.
To one side of the breakfast room, an arched doorway leads to a bonus space with a window and floor-to-ceiling built-in shelves, ideal for use as a study. Nearby is a conveniently placed powder room with tile floor, corner pedestal sink, and a lighted closet for storage.
Also on this level, a laundry room at the back of the home houses a washer and dryer, a utility sink, built-in cabinets, and a door out to the backyard.
The lovely original staircase leads to the second floor with 4 bedrooms on one level. The stylish owner’s suite is lit by windows on two sides, and a mirrored closet provides ample storage. The adjoining bath features a large window, tile floor, Carrera marble vanity, walls, and flooring, and a step-in shower.
The remaining 3 bedrooms, all with generous windows and ample closets, share a sunny bath with a lovely bay window. Filled with light, the room features a honeycomb Crema Marfil marble tile floor, a sparkling matching vanity, and shower over a luxurious soaking tub.
A second staircase leads to the finished attic housing 2 bedrooms and a bath. The bedrooms boast charming dormer windows and vaulted ceilings that give the create a feeling of openness. The shared bath features a sunny skylight, tile floor with colored accents, tile shelves for storage, a pedestal sink, and step-in shower.
Professionally designed and landscaped, the backyard is indeed an enchanted English garden designed to create the experience of outdoor ‚Äòrooms.’ Lush and romantic, the garden features a stone-flagged patio and rare New York City cobblestones, mature maple and magnolia trees, ferns, and raised beds filled with flowers. Fragrant colorful roses climb latticed trellises, and a sun porch invites you to relax and while away a sunny afternoon soaking up the tranquility. Two sheds flank the home and add additional outdoor storage opportunities.
Additional Highlights: French drains Off-street parking Security system Dual-paned windows Custom window coverings Underground electric and cable lines Automatic irrigation system, front and back Abundant storage Finished, insulated attic