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1926 Berkeley home with inventive renovation asks $1 million

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East meets west meets the ’90s

Photos courtesy of Tracy Sichterman, Berkeley Hills Realty

According to the ad for 1719 Tenth Street, homeowner and architect Jon Alff spent several years interviewing Indian architects in an effort to “transform a simple 1920s house into a contemporary living environment.” And that’s just what he did.

However, unlike many a drastic contemporary renovations, this home’s overhaul benefits from imagination and chutzpah. Most if not all of its past has been erased in favor of a wild and chic (at least in the 1990s, when the home was refreshed) look.

Featuring three beds, two baths, and 1,670 square feet, this split-level home’s interiors are an ode to color blocking. Of special note is the additional space in the back, which features a large chevron element covered with tiles made by Carol Bevilacqua, a local artist.

An exciting property to witness. Asking is $1 million.