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Berkeley Craftsman comes with a treehouse that looks like a ship


Photos by Open Homes Photography, courtesy of Red Oak Realty

The very model of a modern major makeover? Perish the thought.

This 1914 Craftsman, built by Benjamin F. Whitton, still bears many of its original period details—including wainscoting, ceiling moldings, pocket doors, and picture ledges—but also a few key updates for good measure.

Newer elements inside 1933 Yolo Avenue include the living room fireplace cover, wood flooring, expanded lower level area, and kitchen. And do note the ’50s-era pink tile in one of the bathrooms, which would be a shame to renovate.

But the most intriguing new detail of all: a handmade tree-ship in the yard. According to the realtor, the maritime fort was built by a former Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior crew member. So Berkeley.

It comes with five bedrooms, two and one half bathrooms, and 2,423 square feet. Last sold in 2005 for $930,000, it’s back on the market asking $1,549,000; it’s listed through Janet Kaplan and Joanne King of Red Oak Realty.