Beautiful home in Berkeley's Thousand Oaks Neighborhood ... and Transparently Priced!
Elegantly updated with new paint, refinished wood floors; natural wood at doors, trim and glass paned cabinetry
3 bedrooms - 2 baths - 2 levels
Enter at the flagstoned patio door leading to a studio/ guest/bedroom space with a full bath, plus a large quarry tiled common area, garage entry
Stairs leading to the big tiled open deck and second level private entry to the original home: living room with fireplace, formal dining, 2 bedrooms, each with large closets, and full bath.
Kitchen and breakfast room opens to the leafy secluded back garden and deck; laundry behind bi-fold doors; at the upper garden levels, a wooden hot tub and shed; skylights in kitchen and formal dining room; lots of kitchen storage, vintage stove, and tiled flooring. One car garage with interior access.
1,912 Sq Ft
Colusa Market, Sunday Kensington Market, SemiFreddi's Bakery and Solano Avenue shops, restaurants, bookstore and COFFEE are just blocks away!
In early 2004, David and Veronica Montejano bought a one-story, two bedroom, one bath “fixer” that had great potential. The house was at a corner, had great views of San Francisco and the Bay Bridge, and was in a very desirable neighborhood. And it also had a hot tub.
The symbolic clincher for History Professor Montejano was the address … 1863 San Lorenzo. David had just begun his American Civil War project.
In the following year, under the direction of award-winning architect Robert Remiker, the house was transformed into a two-story, three bedroom, two bath home with direct access to the garage. The facade was completely changed. [See photos.]
Remiker’s design added a first floor that included a welcoming foyer, a second living room and full en suite, and a beautiful staircase that led to a terrace with a 180 degree view of the Berkeley hills and San Francisco. The house now had a Mediterranean feel. The terrace became the focal point of our daily lives.
Many meals and gatherings took place on the terrace over the years with family, friends, faculty and graduate students. In 2015 we built a pergola that showcased our Wisteria and Pride of Madeira. The “Wisteria room” also became a favorite place for gatherings as well as for restful solitude.
Professor Montejano’s writing group had many meetings in the Wisteria room. The backyard hot tub was much used, providing many evenings of relaxation for the Montejanos.
A common evening routine was to dine and wine on the terrace, take in the view of San Francisco, and then soak in the hot tub.
In 2022, Veronica completed her contract as high school principal with Oakland United School District, and David, who had retired from UC Berkeley, completed his Civil War project.