Actor, comedian, and View panelist Whoopi Goldberg presumably spends most of her time in New York, but since 1985 she's owned a Victorian compound in Berkeley with a three-bedroom, 1,455-square-foot main house and a barn-style cottage out back. Goldberg, who lived in the East Bay in the 70s and participated in the local improv scene, originally bought the property for $335,000, as the Los Angeles Times notes. (Don't go looking for the tub from Goldberg's milk bath in this iconic Annie Leibovitz photo, though; that shot was snapped in 1984, the year before Goldberg bought the house.)
Goldberg is listing both structures, which sit on about a third of an acre near the Downtown Berkeley BART, for a combined $1.275 million. The main house was built in 1890 and has been renovated; some lovely dark wood details remain, though the kitchen could use an update.
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The cottage is one big angular wood box, with a peaked roof and rustic wood walls, ceilings, and floors. It has its own kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom—plus a cozy skylit porch complete with a fireplace—though the listing notes that this secondary structure is not legal living space. There are also five garages on the property. No pictures of those are included, but at the very least they might make a good rehearsal space for fledgling local improv groups?
· Whoopi Goldberg Lists Victorian Compound in Berkeley for $1.275 Million [LAT; H/t Redfin]
· Making Whoopi [Vanity Fair]
· 2212 McKinley Avenue, Berkeley [Thornwall Properties]