“We’ve been married over 30 years and living in architecturally significant homes the whole time,” Mike Charlasch tells the Wall Street Journal. “We’ve acquired a taste for architecture.”
Charlasch and his wife, Hélène Côté, had admired this Berkeley home (designed by Bay Area architect Tim Rempel) for quite some time. It wasn’t until a few years ago, when the home finally landed on the market, that the home-hopping couple, who “tend to move every five to seven years,” snapped it up.
Built in 2000 as the former home Rempel, also a master woodworker, Charlasch and Côté bought the property for $850,000 in 2010. Shortly after, the two began a six-month, $175,000 remodel with the help of the architect.
The results are contemporary cohesiveness to the hilt.
“The couple took what was a 1,603-square-foot, three-level home and turned it into a 1,937-square-foot, four-level home,” notes WSJ.
The first floor, once a large workspace, now boasts two bedrooms. One of the new bedrooms has been transformed into a soundproof music studio “insulated with recycled cotton.” There’s also workspace that could double as an art studio.
What’s more, the new master bedroom “was designed to feel like a ship’s interior with its mahogany walls and doors.”
Featuring four floors, three beds, and two baths, 2413A Fifth Street is asking $1,395,000.
- A Berkeley, Calif., Home For Art and Music [WSJ]
- 2413A Fifth Street [Toni Hanna of Pacific Union International]
- Berkeley [Curbed SF]
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