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1458 Bancroft Way : Central Berkeley

3 Bed : 2 Bath : 1359 Sqft : 3500 Sqft Lot

This one-of-a-kind home has been thoroughly updated and expanded to fit a modern lifestyle. With thoughtful attention to detail throughout, this home balances vintage charm and the best of today's modern construction and fixtures.

This home has undergone major infrastructure improvements to make it modern and safe. All work done with permits, this includes new 2-story foundation, with full seismic retrofit complete.  A 298 (approx) sqft master bedroom and bathroom addition, Kitchen and Bathroom remodel, new dual-pane windows, new roof, on-demand Takagi hot water, high efficiency furnace with Nest thermostat, LED lighting throughout, new electrical system, copper plumbing and sewer lateral just to name a few.

Here are some notes on the home and grounds:

The entry and enclosed porch with it's original wood casement windows. Open the original door with beveled glass details and step into the large entry way to settle in and appreciate the soft transition that this room provides.

The living room is full of vibrant and original character with box beam ceilings, tall baseboards, period style double hung windows, and original trim work. All the flooring in these rooms was recently installed with solid wide plank white oak flooring that has been finished with an eco conscious zero VOC finish.

The dining room is just off the kitchen with plenty of room for a large table for bigger parties. This room exudes original character with box beam ceilings and wainscoting. There’s plenty of room to have a piano or buffet table.

The kitchen features a communal center island with casual seating, quartz countertops and salvage wood accents. Top of the line Bosch appliances and modern fixtures have all been chosen with longevity and precision in mind. There is plenty of storage with deep and sturdy drawers, soft closing hardware, full-size pantry and exposed solid wood shelves. You can take in the light and sky views from a picturesque window centered on the kitchen sink.

The master bedroom is a dreamy retreat with tall ceilings and tall windows that lead your eyes to views of the sky and hills. Spacious closets and a master bath complete with dual-vanity, walk-in rain shower (room for two), and an artisan tile floor.    

The two main bedrooms are entered through a central hallway with linen closet and easy access to the main bathroom. They are just right for size and each have their own closets. The main bathroom is decorated with period subway tile on the walls, hexagonal tile on the floors, and spacious vanity.  

The attic can be accessed from a pull down ladder in the central hallway. It has been thoroughly cleaned and has new insulation with plywood flooring for storage.

Energy efficient and eco-conscious upgrades have been made throughout this home. New period style dual pane windows throughout. High efficiency furnace with Nest Thermostat. Eco friendly Mineral wool insulation used in floor, walls, and ceilings.

The exterior has been completely preserved with original redwood lap siding and , all new dual-pane windows, and original Craftsmen details. All the exterior finishes have been selected for their durability, low maintenance and period style. The window patterns were chosen specifically to match the original windows.

A wide driveway for easy parking and front, side and rear yard. Solid and secure gates on both sides make use of salvage old-growth woods. A concrete front pathway leads you to the enclosed porch with wood casement windows. The side yard is setup for your very own Bocce court.

In the garden are native plants, selected for this site by East Bay Wilds and a nice patch of drought tolerant grass are all separately zoned with low water-usage irrigation.



Located in the quiet and artistic neighborhood of Poet’s Corner in central Berkeley. This super-friendly  neighborhood is full of young families and established residents. There are so many awesome places to walk to from your doorstep - our top picks are Highwire cafe(coffee), Trader Joe’s (groceries), Sliver (Pizza), The Homemade Cafe(breakfast), Strawberry Creek Park (New tennis courts, fields, basketball, playground), Sports Basement (gear!), Builders Booksource (bookshop).

This is a commuter's dream with an easy stroll to UC Berkeley and either North Berkeley or Downtown Berkeley BART stations. North Berkeley Bart station is 0.6 miles away and has Casual Carpool. Great Transbay bus access with the J line picking up on Sacramento that is steps away. Walk to Downtown Berkeley to the countless world class restaurants, movies, shopping, and the Arts Disrict.


Open Houses:
Saturday/Sunday June 22/23 1:30-4:30

Saturday/Sunday June 29/30 1:30-4:30

Brokers Tour:
Thursday June 20 10-1pm

Additional Showings by Appointment:
Contact Billy Witort
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Billy Witort

Realty AdvocatescalDRE# 01921115

MLS: 40870854