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3108 King is a statuesque home with an inviting stairwell flanked by columns and a covered porch. Sam and Mia were drawn to this vintage 1912 Queen Anne-style cottage bungalow located on a Bicycle Boulevard and a few short blocks away from Ashby BART. Drawn to the prime location with a WalkScore® of 83, the lofty ceilings, 3 large front windows to view the tree-lined street, the kitchen-dining room with box beamed ceilings, wainscotting, and a built-in bench, this 5 bedroom home provides space and endless possibilities to explore. One may consider combining two bedrooms and making a large en-suite with a generous closet and a bathroom, with the sizable basement one may explore a myriad of possibilities to expand below.* The once boarded up and removed front leaded glass sidelights were re-created by Avalon Glass Works in Albany to replicate the original leaded glass details (2020). The back and side yards were enhanced with corten steel planter beds, perennial plants, and irrigation by Green Alchemy of Oakland. Freshly painted inside, new quartz countertops (2020), sink, faucet, and subway tile backsplash, 10 new made-to-order in the USA light fixtures (2020), new marble-topped vanity in the bathroom with new Restoration Hardware mirror (2020), new French door to the backyard (2020), engineer drawings from 2016 for seismic retrofit, new garage door and opener (2020), new/salvaged front door from Urban Ore (2020). Elegant entry with a coat closet and columns will greet you. This home is ready for you to move in and hang your art.
*Buyer to verify with city. Neither seller nor listing agent has verified the accuracy of any of these sources of information.
Dear Home Buyers,
Almost six years ago, we went searching for our first house and were so happy to find this one. We were living in the Mission but always knew we wanted to settle down in Berkeley, where years earlier we had met in law school and fallen in love with the East Bay and each other. We especially hoped something would open up in this cute South Berkeley neighborhood close to a few of our good friends. For over a year, Deidre helped us look at the dozens of houses that popped up nearby. The first time we saw 3108 King, we knew it was finally the one. (It was the first and only house we ever bid on.)
The house checked off so many things on our wishlist:
The location has been so good for us. It took us just 5 minutes to walk to Ashby Bart and then was a quick ride to the city—a great commute, but, more importantly, all our friends in the city could easily come visit us any night of the week for the many dinner parties, book clubs, beer and cheese tastings, watch parties, and backyard BBQs that we hosted. We’re very social people, and it was great to be so easily accessible to our friends.
We’re on a peaceful, tree-lined street that’s also a designated “bicycle boulevard,” with limited traffic and noise, especially at night. Alcatraz and Adeline are just a few short blocks away and offer a corridor of local shops and restaurants to explore. On weekends we used to go to nearby coffee shops, restaurants like Easy Creole and Lemat, Adeline Yoga, and occasionally some of the little antique and vintage shops. A leisurely stroll to the South Berkeley Farmers’ Market became one of our weekly rituals. Berkeley Bowl has the best fresh produce and was also a pleasant, easy walk for us.
This is a very “neighborhoody” neighborhood. You’ll notice that, at any given time, there are nice people doing something somewhere along the street: walking their dogs, riding their bikes, gardening, jogging, or playing with their kids. They’ll usually wave or say hi as they pass. Every year (pre-COVID) there’s a neighborhood block party by Malcolm X Elementary, and surrounding families bring their home-cooked dishes or musical instruments to play for each other. We’ll especially miss our two nextdoor neighbors, Gina and Marcus, who have lived here for 40 years. They welcomed us into the neighborhood and literally know everyone on the block. They’re very warm, thoughtful, and easy going. Really, they're just the sweetest neighbors we’ve ever had, and we hope whoever moves here feels as welcomed and at home as we did.
One gift that we’re so happy to leave to our first home and its new owners is our garden. When we first moved in, we loved the giant walnut tree standing outside the kitchen windows, but the rest of the yard was a little overgrown. Over the years, we worked with a local landscape designer to cultivate new flowers, plants, vines, and trees, many of which have sentimental value from our childhoods. For extra privacy, we planted a row of tall bamboo, which we personally sourced from Bamboo Sourcery in Marin. We also planted tiny succulent gardens in barrels on the sidewalk. Everything is fully irrigated and relatively low maintenance. The flowers are a delight throughout the spring and summer (see some pics here). We hope this garden gets lots of extra company during quarantine.
While our lives have changed so much and we’ve since moved away, we want the next owners to know that this has been a home filled with love and connection. We have so many cherished memories here. We wish you, the next owners, the same good fortune.
Mia and Sam
You can't get closer to the University of California, Berkeley campus than South Berkeley, the neighborhood originally developed in the 1860s by the school’s predecessor, the College of California. The latter institution may be long gone, but the large, spacious, brown-shingled homes along Allston, Bancroft, Channing, and Dwight ways remain. Densely populated, the neighborhood contains some of the city’s oldest homes. South Berkeley is a mix of students, longtime residents, businesses, and homes. The major thoroughfares are Telegraph Avenue, Bancroft Way, and Alcatraz Avenue, where street vendors, bookstores, record shops, and inexpensive eateries cater to students. Nightlife is abundant, thanks to the proximity to campus, Zellerbach Hall, and Downtown Berkeley. Both the Ashby and Downtown Berkeley BART stations serve the neighborhood, as do a number of Alameda-Contra Costa Transit buses, making it a snap to get to downtown San Francisco, local airports, sports stadiums, and other locations in the Bay Area.