Magical Cotswold Cottage Style Home w/ SF Bay View

Magical Cotswold Cottage Style Home w/ SF Bay View




Jan 2020

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4 Bedrooms
Sleeps 7
3 Bathrooms

About our home

In 1924, the architect, John Knox Ballantine designed and built this home for himself and his family in harmony with nature and in the style of a Cotswold cottage in the English countryside. This magical and romantic home has been renovated and has a small, detached cottage with a queen bed, full kitchen and bath with shower that overlooks a lovely private landscaped courtyard. With great indoor-outdoor flow, the home takes full advantage of the California sunshine throughout the day. Design details are abundant throughout including an arched doorway, original leaded glass windows with stained glass, an impressive fireplace and a slate roof. The front courtyard and deck offer wonderful outdoor spaces to enjoy your morning coffee or to watch the sunset with splendid views of the San Francisco Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. The lower level backyard offers a fire table and seating for adults and a sandbox/play area for kids. Located in Berkeley's coveted, historic La Loma district, there are delightful paths nearby so you can stroll down to the shops and award-winning restaurants in North Berkeley's "Gourmet Ghetto".


More about us

  1. We are a half French family with a two and a half year old and a baby, looking to be in Paris, the S. of France, Ibiza or Mallorca in a kid friendly home for June and/or 2 weeks in July (& flexible on timeframe!) We are also open to swaps potentially at other times depending.

  2. Eric works in artificial intelligence and Jules runs a non profit in Rwanda.

  3. We love design and architecture and minimalist, modern spaces. good food & wine, nature, swimming and anywhere with an amazing view!

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Where is it?


We’re located in the Berkeley Hills – a 15 minute walk from the UC Berkeley campus and a short walk or 5 minute drive down the hill to Berkeley's famed "Gourmet Ghetto" – home of Chef Alice Water's Chez Panisse. Our home is 10 minutes from Tilden Park, a 2077-acre jewel of urban wilderness with a plethora of amazing hikes, The Redwood Valley Railway, a 15" gauge steam train ride thru the redwoods of Tilden Regional Park, a 100 year old carousel, Lake Anza (open for swimming May-Sept.) and Tilden Park Little Farm where kids can feed the animals and enjoy nature. We are also 35 minutes from either San Francisco or Marin, 15-20 min to Oakland .and just over an hour from the glorious Pt. Reyes National Seashore, Sonoma County, or Napa Valley.

Buzzy restaurants
Chez Panisse, Kiku Sushi, Zaytoon, Comal, Cesar, Corso, Ippudo, Iyasare, Tacubaya (Mexican on Fourth St. with other shops and restaurants)
Cool bars
Chez Panisse Cafe, Comal, Frieght & Salvage for music, (tons of college bars - depending on what you are looking for), Rose's Taproom (Oakland/Temscal)
Cozy cafés
Cafe Fanny @ BAMPFA, Cheeseboard Pizza, Saul's Restaurant and Delicatessen, Jerusalem Organic Kitchen,
Retail therapy
The Cheeseboard. The shops at Emeryville, Westfield Mall and Union Square in San Francisco (depending on what you are looking for).
Bit of culture
BAMPFA (Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Archive), Lawrence Hall of Science,
Walks in the park
The UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, Tilden Park, exploring the amazing hidden pathways in the Berkeley Hills.
Spot of exercise
Hiking & biking in Tilden Park. Swimming at one of the UC Berkeley Pools, Soul Cycle on Fourth Street if you are a spinner, although we have a spinning bike in the cottage.
Day tripping
Napa, Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, Point Reyes, Alcatraz

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