Single Family Home

6907 Norfolk Road, Berkeley

Sale Price$2,250,000
  • 2,213 Square Ft
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Car Garage
  • Au pair or in-law unit
  • Gray water system
  • Level yard
  • Other energy-efficient upgrades
  • Patio
  • Radiant heating
  • Solar Electriciy
  • View
  • Yard

Welcome to the PLUS House: A sexy, open, ultra-sustainable house rich in custom finishes and engineering splendor. This stunning, nearly all single-level 2BD/2BA, 2213 sq ft Modern is designed to enhance the acoustics for chamber music concerts, features ipe decking, wide-open floor plan, soaring ceilings, gleaming built-in fumed larch cabinetry, an open galley-style kitchen with abundant storage, and two en-suite bedrooms. Dual-paned walls of glass throughout the home overlook 10 open acres of land and provide sweeping city, bay, and 3-bridge views. Built 4 years ago for sustainability, the all-electric home has a zero-carbon footprint, and is almost completely off the grid with solar panels, 16,000-gallon water capture tank and filtration system, greywater capture and irrigation system, and EVC station, and is also earthquake resistant up to a 7.0 magnitude temblor.

From the moment you enter the enclosed front yard via a mechanically folding gate, you are in a truly private, tranquil world apart. Suddenly it is difficult to remember that just minutes ago you were driving through traffic and wishing you were home. The quiet embraces and surrounds you.

The custom entry is a massive, dramatic glass pivot door, beautifully designed with the etched image of a California live oak. Look closely and you will see the hidden butterflies. The August door lock allows electronic access with a cell phone or a standard key.

From the entryway, stroll up a gently sloping ramp lined by built-in gleaming fumed larch cabinetry on one side and cleverly concealed storage closets on the other. At the end of the ramp, you find yourself in a huge great room - a living room/dining room/music salon, all facing a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass that slides open onto a patio with a breathtaking view across 10 open acres of land to the San Francisco Bay and city lights. Imagine relaxing in a deckchair with a glass of wine, enjoying the quiet and watching the sun set slowly over the city.

The spacious living room merges with the salon area designed to accommodate a grand piano for chamber music concerts. On the other side of the living room is a dining room ablaze with light pouring in through corner windows and a knee-high panel of glass to bring the rose garden into the dining area.

The open galley-style eat-in kitchen features a stone-topped island with breakfast bar, and a wealth of soft-close cabinets and drawers beneath stone countertops. At one end of the kitchen is a Bosch induction cooktop and built-in Miele super oven; at the other is a built-in computer desk. The island is large enough to set out an array of drinks and hors d’oeuvres for guests, and it incorporates abundant wine storage below. Facing the island is a wall of dual-pane glass allowing you to gaze out over the bay and city lights while preparing your evening meal. Sliding doors open onto a patio landscaped with native, drought-resistant roses, lavender, and rosemary.

Off the kitchen is the owner’s suite with soaring ceilings and corner windows looking out onto the bay. Glass doors open onto a stone path leading to the kitchen patio. The adjoining split bath features a huge walk-in closet, frosted glass pocket doors, a lovely Lumicore canopy over the commode, and intriguing pendant lights above a floating stone vanity with vessel sink. A rain showerhead and separate large soaking tub rest on a slatted ipe wood floor enclosed by glass.

On the other side of the house is a second en-suite bedroom filled with light. A glass door leads to a private deck with bay and city views, and stone steps lead to the kitchen patio. The adjacent bath features ingenious frosted glass pocket doors designed to allow the space to be configured as a guest room with full bath and a separate half bath for guests. The full bath includes a huge walk-in shower with a rain showerhead and stone floor. A window catches the light over a floating stone vanity with a vessel sink.

All of this has the added benefit of being environmentally responsible and sustainable. Built with green materials by local artisans, the home is almost entirely off the grid - private and very nearly independent of local infrastructure.

Additional Highlights: Attached 1-car garage with internal access and EVC Fully automated home with Google minis and hubs throughout for voice control Large laundry/utility room with shelving and energy-efficient Blomberg front-loading W/D Custom roof 14.9 kW solar system All LED lighting Water filtration system, 16,000-gallon rainwater tank sufficient for 8-9 months of use 300-gallon gray water tank for irrigation Radiant hydronic heating Dual pane windows Earthquake resistant to 7.0 Daiken Altherma heat pump