1425 McGee Ave.
Berkeley, CA | SOLD
1,059 Square Feet
1 Car Garage (Currently Office)
Brown Shingle Craftsman
Owned since 1985 by Berkeley’s own David Lance Goines, this charming 1923 brown-shingled craftsman is quintessential Berkeley! Nestled in the sought-after Northbrae neighborhood, 1425 McGee Ave. boasts an abundance of original details, including oversized baseboards, picture trim mouldings, and period light fixtures.
Gorgeous from the curb, it’s set on a corner lot and wrapped with a green lawn. Planted beds hug the bungalow on three sides. A variety of blooming plantings and evergreen shrubbery are always beautiful and magically change the curb’s appeal from season to season. Enter through the Western facing front door which is blanketed with gorgeous wisteria. A small and useful entryway is convenient for hanging coats and dropping keys. Straight in from there, wood floors and mostly original windows add richness and let the light in. The living room features a fireplace with an embedded square tile design on its face. Spill over from the living room to the dining room — only a fresh coat of paint here for the sale, original light and painted built-ins show as they have for decades.
Two bedrooms are served by a refreshed bathroom. A new vanity, light and modern mirror have been installed. The shower has been retiled, and the historic/timeless tile floors stay! The kitchen is as cute as can be— it’s minimalist in design, with maximum storage. While the Wedgwood stove is the star of the room, high-quality cabinets impress. A pop-up butcherblock station for more counter space is smart. Adjacent is a breakfast nook that calls for quiet moments with coffee, a book and an Acme pastry! The laundry room serves as access to the backyard as well as a pantry, broom storage, etc. The home’s floor plan is compact, practical, and efficient.
Out to the yard, which is small but mighty. A deck, mature trees, foliage, old bricks and a fountain statue give that secret garden vibe. This space is enough to enjoy, low maintenance, cool, quiet and shady. Access the finished garage from here through French doors, continue using it as the art studio it is, or with slight modification, park here again.
Don't miss your chance to own a piece of Berkeley history in one of its most desirable neighborhoods, Northbrae. This home is just a short distance from a variety of shops, restaurants, and cafes. An exceptional location! A block away are Giola Pizzeria, Hopkins St. Bakery, Monterey Market and Kyoto Sushi. Live here, and enjoy all it has to offer over and over.