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A Rare Find........15 Franciscan Way in Kensington.
Elegant, sophisticated and completely updated Contemporary-style home with sweeping SF Bay views, and a very large play yard behind. The structure includes an all new level-in 628 sq foot apartment, along with the 3 bedroom, 2 bath main house of 2106 sq ft, for a total of 2734, per architects drawings. Both offer extensive bay views. There is an additional separate garden studio with its own large on-grade deck.
The main house has sun-filled, open style living/dining areas with expansive views and the attached deck offers the same; to the rear, the deck overlooks the very large flat yard, complete with lawn and Pétanque/Bocce court. The house boasts solid maple floors as well as Venetian Plaster accent walls. All of the closets offer Elfa fittings.
The sunny kitchen is spacious and features two large peninsulas and pass-through windows to the deck. There is a small private office/pantry off the kitchen. The master bath has a radiant heat tiled floor.
The apartment has an easy, ergonomic flow; it has a walk-in closet and it’s own laundry hook-ups/utility room. It opens to the rear garden, with its own seating area.
The bathroom has a walk-in shower as well as radiant heat tiled floor.
The rear yard has mature trees and is therefore very private. There are extensive play areas offering both sun and shade. There is a gorgeous maple tree outside the kitchen door that seems architecturally integrated with the house, and a bountiful fig tree, apple and lemon trees.
At front there is official off street parking for 3 cars including the carport; there is also ample street parking.
Structurally the house has a Mat/Slab Foundation. This offers most protection in case natural stresses and emergencies. The house has been re-built, literally from the ground up, and always with permits, and with the same attention to detail as can be seen in the architectural finishes.
A very special home near Kensington's best amenities including Kensington Elementary, Kensington Community Center, shopping, parks, public transportation which includes BART and SF Express bus!
Kensington neighbors Berkeley and is one of the best kept secrets in the East Bay Hills opposite San Francisco.
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Thanks to its proximity to the University of California, Berkeley campus, Kensington may boast the largest number of Nobel Prize winners of any community in the world. But one look at this neighborhood of large homes in the hilly streets above Berkeley, its commanding views of the Bay Area, and sunny terraced yards will explain why this community is one of the most sought after in the East Bay. Famed architect Bernard Maybeck had a home on Purdue Street. The homes he designed here at the turn of last century have become an informal blueprint for the signature home in Berkeley. These well-proportioned homes are designed for family life and dinner parties. Shingle siding, rustic construction, and bright expansive vistas are the hallmark of the homes in Kensington. Tilden Park provides the boundary to the east. Miles of biking and hiking trails, a miniature steam train, exhibition farm, merry go-round, and the naturally landscaped swimming hole at Lake Anza make Tilden a popular destination for families. Transportation via Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is convenient. Heading on Colusa Avenue leads to the El Cerrito Plaza BART station and a short drive down Arlington Avenue takes you to North Berkeley BART and North Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood. There are two distinct shopping districts in Kensington.