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Mid-century compound on an acre of Berkeley Hills land hits market for $3.6M

The buyer will be only the fourth ever owner

Anna Marie Erwert June 25, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has given rise to two real estate trends. First, with working from a home indefinitely a possibility, many city residents are looking outside of San Francisco for real estate. Secondly, because shelter-in-place could be an ongoing reality, compound-style living is making a comeback, as it allows a larger group to shelter together.

In Wildcat Canyon, you see both. This mid-century Berkeley Hills property has two homes on two lots and almost a full acre of private, scenic land adjacent to the open wilderness of Tilden Park. The property has been preserved in its architectural splendor since 1956 when architect Hans Schiekele created it. You could be the fourth ever owner for $3.598 million.

Below we have a tour of the guest house only– imagine how impressive the main house is! Check out the full listing to see the property in its entirety.

The 1956 property has two homes: a main home with three bedrooms and two bathrooms and a guest house with one bedroom and one bathroom.
Open Homes PhotographyThe 1956 property has two homes: a main home with three bedrooms and two bathrooms and a guest house with one bedroom and one bathroom.
The home is preserved mid-century. Glass surrounds the living space, which looks out on almost an acre of land that the home rests on.
Open Homes PhotographyThe home is preserved mid-century. Glass surrounds the living space, which looks out on almost an acre of land that the home rests on.
The home was custom built for its first owner.
Open Homes PhotographyThe home was custom built for its first owner.
Walls of glass, beamed ceilings and wood-paneled walls are all hallmarks of mid-century design.  Born in Germany in 1914, Schiekele held degrees from the Ecole Nationale d'Art Decoratif in France and University of California, Berkeley School of Architecture. He practiced in the Bay Area and abroad for many years before returning to UCB to oversee new campus development.
Open Homes PhotographyWalls of glass, beamed ceilings and wood-paneled walls are all hallmarks of mid-century design.  Born in Germany in 1914, Schiekele held degrees from the Ecole Nationale d’Art Decoratif in France and University of California, Berkeley School of Architecture. He practiced in the Bay Area and abroad for many years before returning to UCB to oversee new campus development.
The original hearth stands ready to warm the space created by the vaulted ceiling. The mid-century wood paneling and brick are all preserved.
Open Homes PhotographyThe original hearth stands ready to warm the space created by the vaulted ceiling. The mid-century wood paneling and brick are all preserved.
A bright kitchen in the guesthouse steps out onto the courtyard.
Open Homes PhotographyA bright kitchen in the guesthouse steps out onto the courtyard.
Original built-ins await storage needs.
Open Homes PhotographyOriginal built-ins await storage needs.
Guest house bedroom.
Open Homes PhotographyGuest house bedroom.
The room enjoys a vaulted ceiling.
Open Homes PhotographyThe room enjoys a vaulted ceiling.
The property is fully fenced. The gardens are as historic as the home, having been established at the same time it was built.
Open Homes PhotographyThe property is fully fenced. The gardens are as historic as the home, having been established at the same time it was built.
The property's second home is a fully functional one bedroom, one bathroom. This could easily work for an extended family, guest house or rental situation.
The property’s second home is a fully functional one bedroom, one bathroom. This could easily work for an extended family, guest house or rental situation.
The property seems totally secluded, but is in fact very convenient to East Bay life and travel. It's also in a sunbelt, avoiding the foggy climates further up near Grizzly Peak. The lots' configuration is such that the space is entirely usable, mostly flat, with spectacular views of the Tilden Park Hills. Anna Marie Erwert writes from both the renter and new buyer perspective, having (finally) achieved both statuses. She focuses on national real estate trends, specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. Follow Anna on Twitter: @AnnaMarieErwert.
The property seems totally secluded, but is in fact very convenient to East Bay life and travel. It’s also in a sunbelt, avoiding the foggy climates further up near Grizzly Peak. The lots’ configuration is such that the space is entirely usable, mostly flat, with spectacular views of the Tilden Park Hills.

Anna Marie Erwert writes from both the renter and new buyer perspective, having (finally) achieved both statuses. She focuses on national real estate trends, specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. Follow Anna on Twitter: @AnnaMarieErwert.