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Berkeley home with recording studio asks $1.3 million

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Contemporary home keeps its creative spirit alive

Photo by Chris Puterre/Open Homes Photography, courtesy of Toni Hanna of Pacific Union International

“We’ve been married over 30 years and living in architecturally significant homes the whole time,” Mike Charlasch tells the Wall Street Journal. “We’ve acquired a taste for architecture.”

Charlasch and his wife, Hélène Côté, had admired this Berkeley home (designed by Bay Area architects Tim Rempel and Patrick Sheahan) for quite some time. It wasn’t until a few years ago, when the home finally landed on the market, that the home-hopping couple, who “tend to move every five to seven years,” snapped it up.

Built in 2000 as the former home Rempel, also a master woodworker, Charlasch and Côté bought the property for $850,000 in 2010. Shortly after, the two began a six-month, $175,000 remodel with the help of the architect.

The results are contemporary cohesiveness to the hilt.

“The couple took what was a 1,603-square-foot, three-level home and turned it into a 1,937-square-foot, four-level home,” notes WSJ.

The first floor, once a large workspace, now boasts two bedrooms. One of the new bedrooms has been transformed into a soundproof music studio “insulated with recycled cotton.” There’s also workspace that could double as an art studio.

What’s more, the new master bedroom “was designed to feel like a ship’s interior with its mahogany walls and doors.”

Featuring four floors, three beds, and two baths, 2413A Fifth Street is asking $1,395,000.