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Maybeck-inspired Berkeley home asks $699,000

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A gentle remodel would do wonders for this wonderful abode

While not itself a Maybeck—Bernard Maybeck, an American architect of the Arts and Crafts Movement, who designed many notable Bay Area structures including the Palace of Fine Arts and the Roos House—this Berkeley home was reportedly inspired by him. And what a piece of work it is.

Coming in at three beds, two and a half baths, and 1,547 square feet, this exceedingly charming home in the Berkeley hills—complete with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, brick wood-burning fireplace, windows so alluring they could double as their own religion, and other fabulous details—is asking only $699,000.

Only $452 a square foot? Believe it. Because the abode at 2851 Buena Vista Way is also a fixer-upper. This 1923 gem needs some TLC, contrary to its astounding looks.