Brimming with period charm and architectural significance, the home at 2729 Elmwood in Berkeley, designed by architect Walter H. Ratcliff Jr., lands on the market this week.
Originally built for John Jolly Cairns, a Scotland-born farmer who’s considered a pioneer of modern irrigation, the house comes with six bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a whopping 5,342 square feet.
In all, it has 18 rooms.
The two-story, asymmetrical abode features a stucco facade. A diamond-paned window motif runs throughout the entire home, a throwback that pairs beautifully with an abundance of unpainted redwood paneling.
Other dreamy highlights include leaded-glass light sconces; a large glass chandelier in the foyer; high ceilings; and an eight-foot-wide fireplace. There’s also a bas relief panel abide said fireplace, sculpted by father-and-son team Domingo and Jo Mora, depicting a medieval hunting party.
Also of note, famed plagiarist Walter Keane once lived in the Elmwood Street home. Walter made a name for himself after falsely claiming to have painted the “big eye” works of Margaret Keane, his former wife, who successfully sued him for millions of dollars.
According to the listing, “The Keanes’ daughter remembers the house as a mansion and the living room as a ballroom. Barbara, who kept the house until 1976, remarried and subdivided the house. Well into the 1980s, the living room was set off as part of a separate apartment, with a kitchen area located along the wall between the foyer and dining room doors.”
Since then, most of the major alterations that divided the house into apartments have been undone. For the most part, the house stands today as Ratcliff had envisioned it 115 years ago.
Asking is $3,195,000, listed through Jenny Wang of McGuire Real Estate.