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A Panoramic Hill midcentury...
A midcentury modern Golden duplex by architect Theodore Bernardi in 1968. This is the first time it's ever been on the market and is being sold by the original family. A purist design with Panoramic San Francisco bay views through walls of glass. The views are accented by modernist post and beam lines that frame the incredible setting.
The main house #9 is a two bedroom both ensuite plus an office/loft and half-bath. The living spaces with vaulted ceilings open on to an expansive deck that showcases breathtaking views. The second unit #11 is of equal aesthetics, a one bedroom residence with an original built-in kitchenette, fireplace and private balcony. There is ample off-street parking in a two-car carport as well as a secondary driveway.
Sited on a cul-de-sac located on lower Panoramic Hill and just south of the Orchard Steps this is the best of both worlds: close to incredible hiking trails, both Downtown Berkeley & Elmwood commercial districts as well as the UC Berkeley campus.
THEODORE BERNARDI (1903-1990)
Theodore C. Bernardi was born in 1903 in Yugoslavia and moved with his family to the United States in 1904. He earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture at the University of California, Berkeley in 1924, and studied at the graduate level for a short time. Bernardi worked as an architect and draftsman in a number of Bay Area firms, earning his architectural license in 1933. He worked for the firm of William W. Wurster from 1934-1942 and directed his independent architectural practice in the Wurster office between and 1942 and 1944. In late 1945 Donn Emmons joined Wurster & Bernardi (formed in 1944) establishing the firm Wurster, Bernardi & Emmons (WBE). In addition to his work at the firm, Bernardi was a lecturer in the UC Berkeley Department of Architecture between 1954 and 1971. He was elected to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 1962, and WBE won the AIA Architectural Firm Award Medal in 1965.
The Theodore C. Bernardi collection consists of student work, HABS information, and one project file. Student work includes books of basic drawing exercises as well as elaborately rendered presentation boards. The collection also contains elevations, plans and detail drawings of the San Carlos Presidio Church (Monterey) completed as part of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), as well as procedural bulletins from HABS. Project records consist of drawings and specifications for residences designed and built for Mr. and Mrs. Russell Giffen by the firm Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons.
Living with Nature...
“Not only is this an area of great architectural significance, but the intimate relationship between houses, paths, and landscaping—all perched on the hillside, with narrow, circuitous Panoramic Way as their common bond—has resulted in a most charming and scenic district.
Panoramic Hill has been compared to a European hill town, but with its brown-shingle houses and lush vegetation, this “hill town” could only be found in the Bay Area. There are few sidewalks, but the many steps and paths will let you bypass the street often. The stunningly beautiful and romantic Orchard Lane, a classically inspired stairway designed in 1910 by Henry Atkins of Vickery, Atkins & Torrey, begins at the foot of the hill. Leading off in another direction is quiet Mosswood Path with its soft carpet of redwood needles. Arden Steps is arduous, but well worth the climb.
Co-existing with the early homes are some of the finest mid-century Modern houses. Set in such proximity, one can readily see the continuity and harmony between the redwood houses of the two eras.”*
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. Berkeley has long been at the forefront of culinary innovation. Locals flock to the original Peet’s Coffee & Tea and for residents who like to savor their meals at home, nearby retail districts allow them to shop like Europeans, going from store to store to purchase everything they need.
Panoramic Hill is adjacent to Claremont Canyon regional preserve. The canyon preserve is made up of 208 scenic acres, with miles of picturesque hiking, off leash dog and equestrian trails to observe wildlife in its rightful home.
The demographic of the Hill hosts longtime residents, families, professors and students. The major thoroughfares are Telegraph Avenue, Bancroft Way, and College Ave, where street vendors, bookstores, galleries, record shops, cafes and eateries cater to the local residents. Nightlife is abundant, thanks to the proximity to campus, The Greek Theatre, Zellerbach Hall, and Downtown Berkeley theatres.
Downtown Berkeley BART station serves 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.
*Sited Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association 2005 (BAHA)