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Classicism, symmetry and modern convenience combine in this jewel of the Claremont neighborhood. Completely remodeled by Jarvis Architects in 2011, 139 Alvarado is a light-filled sanctuary only steps from the Claremont Hotel and Club, Domingo Avenue shops, and numerous walking trails. The home features three bedrooms and three baths in the main house, and a beautifully appointed ADU in the backyard with an additional bed and bath, adjoining hot tub and big bay views. The light-filled kitchen overlooks a sunny brick patio with fountain, and features Wolf, Sub-Zero, and Miele appliances. Extensive landscaped gardens and an amazing entertainment deck with killer views complete this very special home.
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The Claremont neighborhood straddles the Berkeley and Oakland borders and features lush landscaping, curving streets that hug the canyon hills, and open space. Homes on the leafy side streets provide old-fashioned Berkeley elegance, with turn-of-the-century brown shingles, revivals, prairie-, custom contemporary-, and Tudor-styled structures offering residents a place to call home within the landscaped confines.
The landmark of this area is the majestic Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, a vast Victorian edifice perched on 22 acres in the hills. Three outdoor pools, 10 tennis courts, a full-service spa, a fitness club, and three onsite restaurants deliver stunning views, and the resort has become popular with generations of locals as a luxurious getaway.
Elmwood's shopping district on College Avenue in Berkeley offers old-fashioned shops, access to the Rockridge Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), grocery stores, bookshops, and flower stands. Restaurants, a movie theater, and a bakery are all a short walk away.
The Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve is 208 acres of open space managed by the East Bay Regional Park District and more than 200 acres outside of the canyon owned by the University of California, Berkeley. Garber Park, a 13-acre oak-and-bay-tree woodland south of Claremont Avenue, is owned by the city of Oakland. Trails reward ambitious hikers with panoramic views of San Francisco Bay.