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Nestled on a quiet hidden side street this Westbrae gem has been meticulously remodeled and is move-in ready. 1451 Catherine Drive features 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, an open concept chef’s kitchen and dining room, professionally designed drought tolerant and low maintenance landscaping and an attached garage with interior access to the house.
The absolutely stunning chef’s kitchen features GE Monogram appliances including a 48” dual fuel range (gas cooktop with electric ovens), 48” side by side refrigerator/freezer, double wine refrigerators, a built-in microwave, 2 Miele dishwashers and a 48” Zephyr range hood. Pull up a stool to the central island - perfect for prepping dinner and entertaining. The custom cabinetry is complimented by the gorgeous quartz countertops and custom tile backsplashes. The kitchen door invites you to step out onto the deck and down into the tranquil and very private backyard with a stone patio perfect for outdoor living.
This home has been completely remodeled top to bottom with thoughtful details and sparing no expense: Central A/C for those hot days; All new Marvin double pane windows are positioned to maximize both sun light and interior furniture placement (and include full length curtains and shades); Large showers (one with a built-in bench) feature level in floors; Abundant custom cabinetry with glass doors and back lighting enhance the dining room; The large living room features a bay window; Gleaming oak hardwood floors grace the main level. The long driveway accommodates multiple vehicles, a boat or RV and the attached garage has easy interior access to the house. A floor plan is available for a possible future expansion to include 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.
The professionally designed landscaping features a front yard with fun, hardy plants, many from South Africa and Australia – compatible with our arid California climate, and a backyard with pollinator friendly plants and edibles: an established Persimmon tree, a Blueberry patch (four bushes with three varieties), Pineapple Guava, a non-fruiting Olive tree and culinary thyme to use in cooking. Outdoor evenings are magical thanks to the low profile outdoor lighting.
With a “80 Very Walkable Score” this special home is also exceptionally well located within 10 minutes walking distance to North Berkeley BART (discover the Keoncrest Path shortcut to Sacramento), the Hopkins Street shopping district with Berkley Horticulture Nursery, Monterey Market, shopping and eateries, the Gilman shopping district with the Biergarten, Westbrae Nursery, coffeeshops and restaurants, Acme Bakery, King Pool, Running Track and Tennis Courts and Cedar-Rose and Ohlone Parks connected along the Ohlone Greenway. Walk another 10 minutes to the North Shattuck or Solano Avenue shopping districts, Downtown Berkeley and Public Libraries. If you are a bike rider 1451 Catherine Drive is a dream come true with a “96 Bikers Paradise Score”. This lovely area also offers many schools within walking distance including Ruth Acty Elementary, King Jr. High, Berkeley High, St. Mary’s College and the Crowden Music Schools.
The new owners of this very special home will enjoy every comfort, an incredible location and a welcoming neighborhood.
1451 Catherine Drive truly checks all the boxes!
Home to one of the most prestigious universities in the country, Berkeley offers the intellectual and cultural stimulation from its campus -- which is within walking distance of downtown. Many Berkeley neighborhoods were established in the 1920s, with quiet, tree-lined streets, brown-shingled homes, and lushly landscaped yards. In Thousand Oaks, the original developers preserved ancient oak trees and left rock outcroppings intact. Elmwood, with its thriving business district, remains one of the city’s most sought-after neighborhoods. In Claremont, the Claremont Hotel, a gleaming white Victorian-era landmark, has provided generations of Bay Area residents with a luxurious getaway.
Berkeley has long been at the forefront of culinary innovation. Locals flock to the original Peet’s Coffee & Tea location. For residents who like to savor their meals at home, small retail districts sprinkled throughout Berkeley allow them to shop like Europeans, going from store to store to purchase everything they need. Those in a hurry can always visit major grocery stores nearby.
Neighborhood green spaces abound throughout Berkeley, from small community gardens to the Berkeley Rose Garden -- which boasts more than 3,000 rose bushes. The gem of the area is 2,000-acre Tilden Regional Park, with its miles of biking and hiking trails and the naturally landscaped swimming hole at Lake Anza.