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Welcome to 1426 Spruce Street - a gorgeous Victorian 4-plex located in the heart of North Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto. I just love the wide welcoming porch that leads to the main door. You could sit here for hours and socialize with neighbors.
Unit number 4 - the fabulous 2-bedroom top floor owner’s unit is full of natural light and there is a wonderful fireplace perfect for cozying up in cooler weather. The floors are warm softwood and there is an abundance of windows. Take note of the indoor/outdoor flow. The views of San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge, and the Golden Gate Bridge are really impressive. You’ll appreciate the fact that you can sit on the patio while dining al fresco and gaze out at that view or look down at the expansive yard filled with fruit trees. This is where I would spend most of my time if I lived here. And by the way, there is a big attic atop this unit.
Downstairs, there are 2 studio units, a one-bedroom unit, and bonus ground floor space as well. All of the units will be delivered vacant except for one of the studios which is currently rented.
Unit number 3 - the back studio has hardwood floors, two walk-in closets and a claw foot tub. You can even see the Bay while showering, or you can sit out on the unit’s private deck, look out at the bay and have your morning coffee.
Unit number 2- This is the smaller studio. It is the one unit that is currently tenant occupied.
Unit number 1- This is a nice 1-bedroom unit. It looks out over the street and the bedroom is filled with light. It also has hardwood floors and a good-sized living room.
The shed is currently being used as a personal gym, but you might want to use it as your Zoom room*. It has a skylight, a loft, AND a “living” roof.
This is a highly coveted neighborhood. With a WalkScore® of 94, you don’t need a car. It is also super bikeable. U.C. Berkeley, my alma mater, is only a few minutes away.
Eat at any one of a number of fabulous restaurants in the Gourmet Ghetto. Alice Water’s Chez Panisse is just blocks away. Why not pick up some food and head over to Live Oak Park, The Rose Garden, or Tilden Park for a picnic?
The yard is a sunny oasis and is big enough to create an urban garden. There are various fruit trees already planted. You’ve got apple, fig, pluot, nectarine, plum, pear, lemon, and walnut. Pie anyone? All you need to do is add a few vegetable beds and a hen house and you’re set.
There are 2 off-street parking spaces and a coin-op laundry to generate a little added income too.
*Buyer to verify with city. Neither seller nor listing agent has verified the accuracy of any of these sources of information.
This popular Berkley neighborhood is known by at least a few names including Gourmet Gulch, North Shattuck and Gourmet Ghetto. Located less than a mile north of Downtown Berkley, Gourmet Ghetto is often considered the birthplace and epicenter of California Cuisine. The homes in the Gourmet Ghetto range from well-preserved Victorian-style homes to bungalows and meticulously preserved Craftsmans. In fact, the eclectic mix of real estate in the Gourmet Ghetto garners so much attention, the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association conducts regular neighborhood tours in the area. Thanks to the nearby BART Station and central shopping district, the Gourmet Ghetto is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Berkeley. Everything from Oakland to the bustling Downtown San Francisco area is less than an hour commute from Gourmet Ghetto. Oakland Medical Center is less than 20 minutes from the Downtown Berkeley BART Station and residents can be at Google’s headquarters in less than 45 minutes. UC Berkeley is just a mile away, making Gourmet Ghetto a great place for students, faculty, and staff to call home. Live Oak Park, located near Shattuck Avenue between Eunice and Rose Streets, is ideal for everything from morning walks to outdoor sports and a plethora of other events. Amenities include basketball courts, a volleyball court, lighted tennis courts, picnic areas, and an open-air theater which hosts children’s plays and Shakespearean productions. Just east of Live Oak Park is the Berkeley Art Center which proudly displays a variety of exhibits, art openings, and lectures. Alice Kahn first used the phrase “Gourmet Ghetto” over 40 years ago. The strip of Shattuck Avenue between Cedar and Vine streets is anchored by Alice Waters’ world-famous Chez Panisse Restaurant & Café, The Cheese Board Collective, and the original Peet’s Coffee & Tea. Each of these restaurants have been icons in the neighborhood for decades and there’s no sign of them slowing down anytime soon. Simply put, the area is a laid-back mecca for those who want to eat, drink, and live well.