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Dreamy John Hudson Thomas-designed home in Berkeley asks $2.7M

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Whimsical 1915 house is built over a creek

Photos courtesy of Helene Barkin of the Grubb Co.

Nestled among redwoods in Berkeley’s tony Claremont neighborhood sits an exemplary example of First Bay Tradition—i.e., A Bay Area-born architectural style wherein buildings relate to their natural settings, built using local materials, most notably redwood—care of John Hudson Thomas, who designed this four-bedroom, three-and-one-half-bath, 3,300-square-foot home at 41 Oakvale Avenue.

It’s on the market for a cool $2,775,000.

Details here include steeply pitched roofs, exposed beams, and windows galore that allow for maximum natural light.

But the real treat is the two-story, redwood-paneled living room, entryway, and staircase, which feature custom wood carving depicting birds and various scenarios.

Another highlight is the top-floor living space (the “atelier,” as the listing calls it) with cathedral ceilings. There’s also a flowing creek running alongside and under the house—the home is built over the creek—which adds to the property’s fairytale-like vibe.

In a word, stunning. The listing is through Helene Barkin of the Grubb Co.

Home’s entrance reveals the redwood paneling inside.
Floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace punctuates the living room.
One of several original wood carvings.
Dining room with arboreal views.
Another intricate wood carving, this one found in the dining room.
Eat-in kitchen.
Top-floor studio space comes with its own kitchen.
The home spanning over a creek.