1912 Craftsman – Berkeley, CA – $1,225,000

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Added to OHD on 10/11/17 - Last OHD Update: 10/11/17 - 33 Comments
2201 Eunice St, Berkeley, CA 94709
  • $1,225,000
  • Beds: 4
  • Baths: 3
  • Sqft: 2128
  • Map: Street View
Beautiful Classic Craftsman home close to Gourmet Ghetto, Live Oak and Cordonices Park. Bay views from living room, dining room and two upstairs bedrooms.. Terrace off west facing living room and upstairs hallway. Large living room w/ beamed ceilings and redwood paneling. Handcrafted fireplace quarried on site & 4 leaded glass bookcases in living room. Original light fixtures. Dining room built by Japanese carpenters brought to build the Japanese pavilion for the 1915 Pan Pacific International Exhibit includes a beautiful Tokonoma w/beautiful backlit carved panel.The Shoji screens are original.Spruce floors throughout first floor. Original breakfast nook. Laundry room off kitchen.The kitchen has been updated. Bosch cooktop and dishwasher. Electric wall oven. Large corner lot. Many upgrades throughout. Seismic retrofitting in 1995. The original stonemasons were from Italy, The Maschio Brothers. Central gas heat installed in 2010. The roof was redone in 2006.
Listing Agent: Monica Rohrer, La Maison // 510-526-5720
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33 Comments on 1912 Craftsman – Berkeley, CA – $1,225,000

  1. I’m not the biggest Craftsman fan, sometimes I even skip those posts, but this one is gorgeous! I love the setting in beautiful Berkeley.

  2. Craftsman homes in California were really over the top in detail compared to what can be seen throughout the Midwest.

  3. That house wants me. I can tell. It’s absolutely gorgeous though I’d change out the kitchen. Too bad it’s in California.

  4. Love looking at this house but, somehow, I wouldn’t want to live there (which is good since I haven’t got $1.2 million just now!). I wish there were a floor plan.

    It looks like a textbook California bungalow for sure. I like the divider in the living room that screens the steps and I’ve never seen a dining room like that–amazing! The exterior is sublime.

    The front door looks like a 1950s replacement but the rest of the house is so well cared for that it seems odd they’d leave it if it was a later addition.

    • The front door appears original – look at the inside. It matches the wood interior and the hardware is right. I have seen doors like this from the 1910s, usually with a cut-glass bevelled window.

  5. I am a HUGE fan of Craftsman homes, and this one is the tops! The design is amazing, suitable for the are it’s in. The built ins are exquisite, and that kitchen is to die for! The only change that I would consider, would be a more appropriate front door for this masterpiece.

    • YES!! That KITCHEN!!! Kitchens/pantries are the first things I look for here on OHD. If the kitchen is badly done, I skip to the next house 🙂

  6. With architects like the Greene Brothers working in this style, California has some of the nicest craftsman homes around. People out there seem to be better at leaving the woodwork stained rather than the misguided white paint I see so often elsewhere. This style of house is such a comfortable practical style.

  7. Amazing! I love the woodwork and the shoji screens! I am with all the others; replace the front door and maybe paint the white walls out of that kitchen and then call it good!

  8. The interior side of that front door matches the paneling next to it so it may be original. Berkeley is not my favorite city here but there are many, many beautiful homes there. Here in Fort Bragg — about 170 miles north of Berkeley/Oakland/San Francisco — there are so many cool vintage bungalows — much more modest of course. Shotguns like mine are plentiful as well. These houses are 90 percent old-growth redwood and doug fir.And the prices are a fraction of much of California plus we are right on the Pacific. Some of them have beautiful paneling and etc because this city had the largest mill on the west coast for 140 years.


    Here’s a typical street view:


  9. Wonderful house, handsome interiors. The owners have done a fine job overall.

    However, I do not care for the pseudo-Asian interior alterations to the dining room. The house has a distinct style of its own, and for me, these alterations are a miss-reading of the dining room’s architecture.

    Still, very nice. Worth the price of admission.

    • It sounds like the dining room is original. “Dining room built by Japanese carpenters brought to build the Japanese pavilion for the 1915 Pan Pacific International Exhibit includes a beautiful Tokonoma w/beautiful backlit carved panel.The Shoji screens are original.”

    • There was a fad for Japanese design ideas that made their way into the Craftsman Style work of some architects, but I get Gregory’s point. The Asian details here appear limited to the dining room, and may have been added during or shortly after construction, but weren’t part of the architect’s original concept. Whether we like them or not is a different question – I do!

      • Me too! I think that DR is R A D rad! Especially love the polished, natural branch supports; relief panels; painted panels; Shoji screens – all of it really. Just gorgeous: it’s the highlight of a pretty great house overall.

        IMO the front door is right. It certainly ties in with the plywood paneling shown, and fits with the lower end woods used throughout. This isn’t a super fine, Greens sort of house; but so what, it’s still really great.

  10. I work at a school in this neighborhood, which has many gorgeous houses but they all cost like blue smoke. My husband and I were able to buy into Berkeley during the housing crash. We are rehabbing a 1906 Victorian in the flats. Even though we have poured at least 200k into the house, it has still appreciated way beyond anything we could imagine. We are however, tempted to sell here and buy somewhere else where the pace of life is slower and the prices of everything is lower.

  11. I loved the pictures of the house and was pouring through them, then I can came upon the kitchen photos and was disappointed. Everything was red and white and didn’t match the rest of the house. So, remove the white paint and try to bring some character back into the kitchen and I’d think I’d have to move to Cali..

    • The matching terrazzo floor, counters and backsplash are MORE than a bit disconcerting too – no? Heheheh.

  12. The door almost made me not go farther especially with the price but I was pleasantly surprised.

  13. The house was built for auctioneer and real estate dealer Andrew Muirhead Wilson (1867-1933), his wife Olive and their children Alice and Scott. Wilson was born in Scotland, found work in San Francisco as a young man, and married Olive Violett Rogers there in 1899. Olive was born in California of parents with Southern roots, her ancestor John Violett having served in the Virginia militia during the Revolution.
    Daughter Alice was a sorority girl at Cal, and graduated with a degree in Chemistry in 1920. She inherited the house from her parents, worked as a public school teacher, and lived here for years.

    • Wow, thanks for that…you’re amazing, love your educated clips to this wonderful site Jim

  14. This house is right down the hill from me, easy walking distance. Yes, it may seem crazy expensive to non-CA people. But even more sadly, it is also very unlikely to even go that low. It will probably get multiple offers and be bid up a few $100K more and close as fast as possible in 2-3 weeks, likely with no contingencies or any of that annoying pesky stuff. Good chance it will be an all cash deal.

    Wish we could afford to move to it, but can’t. Other than the view, it is a much nicer house than what we have. We couldn’t even afford to buy our own house from ourselves at this point. Because if we did, it would just jump our property tax rate up to current market value, which would essentially double the taxes, and they are already pretty high. Double high would force us to have to move out of the area.

    I don’t know how normal people can afford all these houses at these prices. But there doesn’t seem to be any shortage of them for now. Yes, a lot of people seem to hate CA and the idea of possibly living here, at least the vocal ones. But in reality, other than the housing prices, CA is a great place to live and so there seems to be an endless supply of more people wanting to live here.

    • Thanks MW. I didn’t realized you lived in CA or if I did, forgot. 🙂

      Thanks for speaking positively about CA. It’s actually very motivating to post more houses there, not just the WOWZERS.

      • Yes, I’m in CA. Been here almost 30 years now. But I grew up in MD, most of my family is still there. MD is not a cheap state to live in either, lol! Like a lot of places, if an area or house checks off enough of the positive boxes, it will likely be expensive almost anywhere.

        We’ve been looking for years to find the perfect house to move over to the east coast. But my wife is from CA and she is not easy to convince. With 2 younger kids, it is not that easy and adds several other factors in of course, most more important than just the house itself.

        Maybe one day though. Your name for the site about sums it up perfectly. That is why I like coming here and looking at old houses, hanging out with a great group of like minded folks. Thanks for everything you do, very much appreciated.

        BTW, Berkeley is full of houses just about like this. And a lot of them are fairly well preserved inside as well as out. Although this is a particularly nice and interesting example. Even though this is just down the street, it is in an area that has many of these and I don’t even recall which one this is, would have to look specifically. It is in a very desirable neighborhood. For any of you foodie types, Chez Panisse is just a couple blocks away, plus tons of other great food options of course. Berkeley is full of great old houses and food, etc. If this is decline, I hate to see what thriving is, might be terrifying.

  15. I grew up blocks from here, sad to see the decline in the area. This home enjoys some beautiful Craftsman characteristics, but the great built ins, cabinetry, and general classic beauty appears lacking. And, the landscaping is in desperate need of attention. It continues to amaze me the home values rise almost as fast as the state & local taxes. I truly miss what CA once was.


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