2605 Ashby Avenue
This classic American Foursquare with rare 4+++ bedroom and 2 bath in the Elmwood has grand proportions, but comfortable for everyday busy lives. The perfect mixture of past meets present, it has been updated for today's living. You will be delighted with the graciously proportioned rooms, vintage details and built-ins, sunbathed rooms and multiple bonus spaces. All presented in a surprisingly tranquil environment.
The flowering garden and large front porch welcomes guests and creates a lovely transition away from the hustle and bustle of urban living. A spacious entry with deep rich wood craftsman detailing and bench seating immediately takes you back to a different era. A desirable circular floor plan offers a lovely formal living room with fireplace, multi-generational sized gathering formal dining room with vintage built-ins, full bathroom with claw-foot tub and multiple bonus rooms (parlor, office, & pantry too) all on the main level. The parlor & office could be used as a first level bedroom suite if desired. The heart of the home, an updated, expansive chef’s eat-in kitchen, opens to the large, fenced back yard through French doors to an entertainment-sized deck, outdoor living room, and mature landscaped yard with fruit trees and raised beds for organic gardening. A small cottage (current permitted use: storage shed) also lives at the back of the property. Look closely for the fairy mailbox at the back gate, used by previous owners' children to receive special nature notes.
Accessed by a gracious wooden staircase, the four full real full-sized bedrooms are all on the second level. A large sunroom on this level houses the laundry and overlooks the backyard through a bank of windows (and may be a good location to explore another full bath). The huge, open, skylit attic with storage and window seat (in its south facing dormer), has so many possible uses and is reminiscent of a European flat.
This Grand Dame is in great condition, appearing much younger than her years having been well-loved through the years. Updates include newer foundation and structural improvements, on-demand water heater, two heating systems for efficiency and an alarm system. Too many improvements to list, reports are available for your review. Potential to create a duplex also.
Located in Berkeley’s coveted, delightful Elmwood neighborhood, it is just two blocks to College Avenue’s offerings of fine dining and food shops/markets. The library, post office, Alta Bates and public transportation options are all close by allowing for vehicle-free living. The Berkeley Bike Boulevard on Hillegass Ave. @ Ashby is found at the corner for easy access (1 mile!) to the CAL Berkeley Campus.
This fabulous Grand Dame, offering an tranquil urban sanctuary, is ready for a new owner to move in and love.
At A Glance
Year Built: 1909
Total Space: ~3,444 sq feet (without cottage)
Main House Square Footage: ~2794 (without attic)
Attic Square Footage: ~650+
Cottage Square Footage: ~150+ (not included above/currently not a living unit)
Yard: Front & Back (fenced) & Mature Landscaping (6000 sq ft as per Public Records)
Heating: 2 forced air systems
Parking: Off Street Parking Available
School District: Berkeley
BART: Rockridge (1.1 miles)
Ashby (.8 miles)
Berkeley Bicycle Boulevard: Hillegass @ Ashby (1 mile to UC Berkeley)
WalkScore: VERY WALKABLE 92
Reports Available: General Inspection
JCP Environmental Hazards
Sewer Lateral Inspection & Bid
East Property Line Survey
Chicago Title Preliminary Title Report
2007 – 2013 Work w/Permits & Job Descriptions
2007 Asbestos Abatement
2007 Correction of Cottage Violations
2007 New Perimeter Foundation
2007 2nd Floor Deck Removal
2007 Sewer Lateral Certificate
2008 New High Efficient Furnace & Ductwork
2008 Misc Carpentry
2008 New 125 Amp Electrical Service
2009 New 30 year asphalt shingle roof
2009 Cottage Work (incl foundation at east wall, sewer cleanout & replacement of portion of sewer)
2009 Modify existing deck to accommodate parking
2013 Structural Upgrades (use of Seismic Rebate)
2013 Alarm Installation
2013 Irrigation System in Front Yard
Bridge MLS#: 40838773
Viewing: By Appointment - Easy to Show
Sunday Open House: Under Contract - No Further Open Houses
Call for Offers: Sale Pending - Contingent Sale