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For the first time in half a century, preserved Berkeley Hills mid-century on the market

A nature lover’s sanctuary with forest and bay views and Tilden Regional Park for a neighbor

Anna Marie Erwert | SFGATE

View of a living room with wood ceilings and large windows
Soaring ceilings, straight angles, natural materials and oversized windows are all hallmarks of mid-century design, and they shine here. Open Homes Photography

This quintessential Berkeley Hills home captures the romantic, nostalgic sprit of this city in every way, from its soaring mid-century lines and its forest views to its history. The home is on the market now for the first time in over half a century, asking $1.45 million.  

The sellers of 1404 Summit Road moved into the house in 1968 “in part to enroll the children in newly integrated elementary schools,” said listing agent Lorri Arazi. According to the Berkeley Public Schools website, “On Jan. 15, 1968, the School Board voted unanimously to desegregate all 14 of the District’s elementary schools the following September.” This egalitarian, welcoming spirit is one that has come to define the East Bay city.

Exterior view of a home surrounded by plants
The home is perched on Summit Road, a much-coveted street in the much-coveted Berkeley Hills. Open Homes Photography

Stepping into this house is almost like stepping back to the Berkeley of the late 1960s. 

Interior view of a dining area with wood ceilings and walls
The mid-century drama begins in the entry, with an open flow framed in stone, wood and glass.Open Homes Photography
View of a stairwell with a large window and wooden walls
The home has two stories, accessed by this wood-paneled stairway.Open Homes Photography

The home itself, with 2,528 square feet, four bedrooms and two bathrooms, lends itself to family life, as the selling family has owned the home for decades.

“The owners were a musical family that entertained often. On occasion, friends, inspired by the view of the Golden Gate Bridge at sunset, would perform from the balcony,” Arazi said. From that balcony is a postcard-ready view, over treetops to the bay and beyond. The property sits on 0.13 acres bordering Tilden Regional Park.

View of a deck with an outdoor dining area
The main level opens to a large view deck.Open Homes Photography

The sense of being suspended in the trees, well above the buzzing city, comes not only from the views, but also from the home’s setting.

View of a deck overlooking a forest
Decks for taking in the view wrap the back section of the home. Open Homes Photography
View of the rear yard as seen from above
The lot is deep and forested. Open Homes Photography
Rear exterior view of the house, showing two-levels of deck and an outdoor seating area
The property is a well-preserved Berkeley Hills classic. Open Homes Photography

“With portions of the street at the edge of Berkeley’s city limits and the border of Tilden Park, Summit Road still has a rural feel.  A horse stable was at one end of the street until well into the 1970s,” said Arazi.

Though the seclusion is not as pronounced as it was when the selling family first moved here, even today, a home that’s a short walk to the Selby Trail is a home that offers unique sanctuary. 

View of the bay as seen from the residence
The view seems to go on forever. Open Homes Photography