Shared from the 11/14/2021 San Francisco Chronicle eEdition


Berkeley Craftsman includes sunroom, detached cottage


Below left: A contemporary chandelier illuminates a dining area accented by millwork.


Below right: The landscaped backyard includes a fire pit.


Above: A fireplace warms a living room with inlaid hardwood flooring and a beamed ceiling



Address: 3023 Benvenue Ave., Berkeley.

Price: $3.495 million.

Open home: 2 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday.

Features: Four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom shingled Craftsman offers a welcoming flow, a chef’s kitchen, sunroom and multiple outdoor entertaining areas. The home includes a study with divided light windows framing garden views. Outside, the lush, landscaped garden designed by Robert Trachtenberg hosts multiple patios, a fire pit, a hot tub and outdoor shower. The serene oasis is minutes from the historic Elmwood and Rockridge shopping districts.

Refined and meticulously maintained, 3023 Benvenue Ave. in Berkeley epitomizes Craftsman elegance. The shingled two-story boasts four bedrooms and two-and-a-half-bathrooms, all surrounded by landscaping designed by Robert Trachtenberg’s firm Garden Architecture.

“The house exudes sophistication, and combines historic charm with modern updates, style and an artistic flair,” said Colette Ford of the Grubb Co., who is co-listing the home with Anja Plowright for $3.495 million.

Tucked away on a quiet street in Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood, the home rests back from the street and features a pedestrian gate that opens to a serene front yard. A covered porch stands before the front door, which opens to a handsome foyer accented by a staircase ascending to the bedroom level.

Inlaid hardwood flooring adorns a living area warmed by a fireplace. Beamed ceilings are found in the living and dining areas, the latter of which is illuminated by a contemporary chandelier. Light pours into the home on all sides through multi-pane windows, while refined millwork accessorizes the interior.

The eat-in chef’s kitchen comes equipped with stainless steel appliances and ample storage space. A door off the kitchen leads to one of several outdoor seating areas.

All four bedrooms, as well as a sunroom, reside upstairs.

Outside, lush landscaping makes for a serene setting. Spend an evening conversing around the fire pit, or unwind in the hot tub surrounded by mature plantings. Trachtenberg’s design combines slate pavers and natural stone with verdant plantings and rich textures.

“It’s a serene, peaceful and utterly modern aesthetic,” Plow-right said.

There’s also a detached cottage with a vaulted ceiling and loft area that can be expanded into guest quarters, a gym or writer’s studio.

Located in the desirable Elmwood neighborhood, the home is around the corner from College Avenue and the Elm-wood Theater. Benvenue Avenue also features many historic homes built in the early 20th Century that have been carefully preserved.

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Listing agent: Colette Ford, the Grubb Co., 510-823-5735, ; Anja Plowright, the Grubb Co., 510-593-8376, fordplowright@


Below left: The eat-in chef’s kitchen opens to multiple outdoor seating areas


Below right: Lush plantings surround a hot tub in the backyard.


Above: The surrounding gardens were designed by famed landscape designer Robert Trachtenberg.

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