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Dreamy Berkeley home, ripe for gentle restoration, asks $1.7 million

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Photos of this distressed beauty show off its structural elegance

As this Bernal Heights “Scandinavian-style” redo can attest, sometimes, at least for those with an eye firmly planted on the past, a renovation can fly too close to the sun. And when it comes to this circa 1900 home in the Berkeley Hills, a careful albeit ginger refresh is just what’s in order.

“In the same family for 70 years,” as the ad notes, the house at 1409 Scenic Avenue comes with five beds, five baths, and 3,332 square feet. The foyer is lovely, the archways warm and inviting.

Best of all, the listing photos show off the circa 1900 home’s beautiful decay—damaged floral print wallpaper, missing window panes, plywood here and there, hastily patched up holes mixed with period details.

Miss Havisham-chic, if you will, but in the best way possible.

Asking is $1,795,000.

1409 Scenic Avenue [Redfin]