When Whoopi Goldberg's Berkeley abode landed on the market last month, her ownership of a nice but normal wood-accented Victorian near the Downtown Berkeley BART station took us by surprise. The actor, comedian, and View panelist presumably spends much of her time in New York, but property records show that Goldberg has owned the house—and a companion barn-style cottage out back—since 1985. Goldberg lived in the East Bay in the 70s, when she made the rounds in the local improv scene, and originally scored the property for $335,000. It just sold for $2.025 million, a major $750,000 boost over the $1.275 million asking price.
The house itself is lovely inside, with fat dark wood trim around the window and door frames, though the kitchen could use an update. Goldberg's ownership might have goosed the sale price; this is a neighborhood where, according to Redfin's data, the median sale hauls in 115 percent of the list price, compared with 159 percent of the list price for this particular sale.
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The cottage does sweeten things up a bit; it's a rustic retreat with a peaked roof and a cozy skylit porch with its own fireplace, though it isn't permitted as legal living space. There are also a curious five garages on the property.