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Designed by famed Berkeley architect Walter Ratcliff, Jr., this spacious and historical 1910 Claremont Court Craftsman combines old-world elegance with tasteful modern updates. With many system upgrades and wonderfully maintained, this home has 3 stories, 6+ spacious and light-filled bedrooms with additional rooms for study, guests and play. Original architectural details such as beautifully maintained redwood paneling, leaded glass windows, a commanding fireplace, high ceilings and gleaming hardwood floors. The updated chef’s kitchen features a commercial Wolf Range and sunny breakfast nook. The third floor has views of San Francisco and skylights in the family room. Both dining room and kitchen open to a beautiful deck and garden, a wonderful space for dining “al fresco”, entertaining, relaxation or play. A distinguished home located in the best neighborhood close to Elmwood and Claremont shopping & dining and easy freeway access.

  • 1910 historic Craftsman with modern updates
  • Beautiful “storied” original detailing and built-ins with old-world character
  • Chef’s kitchen with industrial Wolf range and breakfast nook
  • Large deck, patio, sunny balcony and level lawn area
  • Bonus space galore in sunrooms and on third floor
  • Spacious basement for storage and laundry
  • Tandem off-street parking for multiple vehicles
  • Great Claremont court location close to everything

Neighborhood


2928 Derby Street is situated by one of the gates that help define Claremont Court as one of Berkeley’s most gracious residential areas. Early 20th-century houses, estates, and some of the more notable homes designed by prominent turn-of-the-century Bay Area architects Julia Morgan, John Hudson Thomas and Leola Hall can be found in this neighborhood.

In the early 1900’s, this neighborhood was designed to attract the growing number of prosperous Bay Area professionals. Around 1903, after huge fortunes had been made in mining interests and land investments, the East Bay was united with San Francisco by an inter-urban electric train and ferry system - the Key Route - that linked the city to picturesque subdivisions in the East Bay around the Claremont Hotel and the University. The elegant red brick pillars heighten the formal ambiance of the area and additional entry gates stand on Avalon Avenue, Forest Avenue, Derby Street, and Russell Street. Most of the homes in the Claremont Court area were planned around a park or public space that integrated a naturalistic setting with spacious lots for residences of refinement and elegance so as to have ample space for "garden setbacks." Claremont Court and its surrounding historic neighborhood are still noted for gracious residences and gardens.

Today, Claremont Court Remains one of the most elegant neighborhoods in the East Bay, adjoining the UC Berkeley campus and popular restaurants & shops – Claremont, the Elmwood District on College Avenue and the Claremont Club & Spa Hotel. BART, bus and freeways connect you to all the San Francisco Bay Area – parks & cities.

The much sought-after nearby neighborhoods of Elmwood and Claremont have bustling local shopping district centered on the intersection of College and Ashby Avenues with a hive of activity, featuring an array of casual and gourmet eateries, boutique shops, cafes, and restaurants. Residents also enjoy an easy walk to public transportation, a library, and nearby playgrounds and parks. 

Visit Mrs. Dalloway's, a shop that combines a bookstore and garden supplies, or Rialto Cinemas Elmwood, a Berkeley city landmark that houses a three-screen cinema. We also love Rick and Anne's Restaurant, Fournee Bakery, Summer Kitchen, The Elmwood Cafe, bakeries and coffee shops. We are both longtime residents here!

 



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