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Leola Hall-designed Berkeley Craftsman asks $1.59 million

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Step inside 1910 home brought back to life

Photos by Liz Rusby, courtesy of Colette Ford and Anja Plowright at The Grubb Co.

This 1910 Craftsman gem, located in Berkeley’s Elmwood neighborhood, fell into mild disrepair over the years. Fortunately, someone bought the place in 2013 and restored it to its original glory, adding contemporary touches to go along with its original Craftsman vibe.

Designed by Leola Hall—one of few female architects of the time, drawing inevitable comparisons to Julia Morgan—she’s best know tailoring the look of the East Bay town after the 1906 earthquake.

“Between 1906 and 1912 she concentrated on the Elmwood district of Berkeley, an area that was then just beginning to be developed,” notes Wikipedia. “Hall built many of the homes along College Avenue and on nearby streets that are now often taken as Berkeley’s signature style: one- and two-story brown-shingled buildings with wide eaves and exposed beams.”

And this corner home boasts Hall’s signature style in spades.

Featuring three beds, three and a half baths, and 2,222 square feet, 2758 Piedmont Avenue still bears its original wood paneling, wooden staircase, and curved ceilings, but now comes with new kitchen and bathrooms.

Other highlights include the wood-shingled facade (so very Berkeley), stained glass windows, and a new family room area.

Sold in 2013 for $765,000, it’s now asking $1,595,000.