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Tucked-Away Shingled Cottage in Berkeley Asks $629K

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Complete with beamed ceilings, leaded windows, and a brick fireplace.

A single-story home with a facade of brown shingles and a blue door. It is framed by tree branches and a verdant patio.
A lapis door adds color to the brown shingled home.
Photos courtesy of Mason-McDuffie Real Estate Better Homes and Gardens
Price: $629,000
Location: Elmwood District, Berkeley

With the UC Berkeley main campus to the north and Clark Kerr Campus to the east, this compact home at 2527 College Avenue is near lots of student housing while also tucked away behind a larger house and surrounded by trees. One of three condos on the lot, the detached brown-shingled cottage sits between a mix of Shingle-, Arts and Crafts–, and Colonial Revival–style homes, as well as apartment buildings from the ’60s and ’70s, and is within walking distance to shops and restaurants along Telegraph Avenue.

Specs: One bed, one bath, 630 square feet

Built shortly after an 1906 earthquake and fire (Elmwood experienced a major housing boom following the disaster), this renovated home comes with exposed white-painted beams on both the ceilings and walls, leaded windows, skylights, built-in benches, and hardwood floors. A floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace in the open living area contrasts with the predominantly white interiors. There’s also an attic loft that serves as a (admittedly rather tight) guest sleeping area, accessible via a retractable ladder.

A blue door opens to a living room with hardwood floors, a black metal ladder leading to a loft, and a kitchen space.
The retractable ladder adds an unexpected industrial touch to the updated interiors.
A red brick fireplace aged with black marks sits at the end of a living room with beams painted white.
The tapered brick fireplace, beautifully arched, is more than a century old.
Three pairs of windows, side by side, highlight a white nook. You can see trees and the building next door from these windows.
A nook perfect for reading a book or gazing into an iPad.
A kitchen with white cabinetry, a range and oven, stainless steel dishwater, and a small window.
A small kitchen with dishwasher and an even smaller eating area.
A bed buts up against a set of windows overlooking the yard. A Japanese-style screen door hides the closet.
The bedroom also comes with a wall of leaded windows.
A head-on view of the bathroom and the closet screen door.
The bathroom sits just outside the bedroom.
A black metal ladder leads up to the attic loft space.
Going up.
An attic space with white walls, peaked roof, and a bed. There’s a window at the head of the bed that overlooks the yard.
The attic space fits a queen-size bed.