Harken back to an era of warm sophistication and timeless elegance without compromising modern luxury and convenience.
Perfectly situated on one of North Berkeley’s most coveted streets, 1326 Arch reveals a rare master class of Arts and Craft design and craftsmanship.
Originally designed by renowned San Francisco architect Edward B. Seely in 1909, this 5+ bedroom 3.5 Bath home was the passion project of Wealthy Investor and Builder Fredrick Kern. Built for Kern and his family, to be the most revered and modern homes of his time. Kern sourced only the finest materials from around the world employing only the finest craftsman and tradesmen of the day. The old growth Koa wood that adorn nearly every wall in the home was reported at the time to take 14 years to source from the Hawaiian Islands. Though well maintained over the years, the home recently underwent a truly no-expense-spared foundation to roof restoration. This meticulous process perfectly preserved and rejuvenated the homes exquisite and iconic original details and character, while incorporating every modern day luxury and conveniences. The covered front porch gives plenty of protection from the elements as you are welcomed in by the home’s warmth and elegance. Once inside, you are struck by the gorgeous Koa wood that dances in the natural light, spilling in from every direction, rivaled only by the unobstructed Bay and City views from nearly every room.
The handsome foyer anchors the main floor with a beautiful stairwell that leads you up to the second floor on one side, and on the other is the elegant and open, formal living room with the most magnificent original fireplace. Effortlessly transitioning into the dignified dining room, all of which are accented with stunning built-ins and brilliant box-beam ceilings. Completing the main floor is the exquisite kitchen, that is any chef’s dream, with top-of-the-line appliances, custom granite, historical colors and a perfectly placed, charming half-bath. Head down the stairs, to the now breathtaking original servants quarters. complete with a large bedroom, laundry, tons of extra storage and its very own level-in entrance.
In keeping with the rest of the home, upstairs, on the second floor, you will find the primary suite and three additional bedrooms that are very substantial and bright. Two large period white marble bathrooms adorn with phenomenal period fixtures . Tucked away in the quietest corner of the home is the primary suite that boasts not only its own lavish. period and spa-inspired bathroom, but it’s very own private balcony with picture perfect views of San Francisco and the Bay.
Out the door of the downstairs unit or down the driveway, bask in the sun on the large patio or meander through the large terraced yard down to the private alley below. Close to public transit, BART, UC and the famous local eateries, like Chez Panisse and the Cheese Board, with plenty of off-street parking, gorgeous grounds and its world-class convenient location, this home leaves nothing to be desired, even to the most discerning of buyers.