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Video Home Tour: A 1926 Mediterranean-style gem in Berkeley’s Claremont Hills is asking $3.75 million

This five-bedroom home near Berkeley’s popular Claremont Resort has a spectacular East Bay sanctuary.

The nearly 4,000-square-foot house, spread over two stories, was designed by English architect Ernest Coxhead, who built several Gothic-Revival cathedrals for the Episcopal Church in California before turning his attention to residences in the late 1800s. He lived and worked in Berkeley throughout the 1920s and died there in 1933.


While much of Coxhead’s residential work draws from classical styles (Renaissance porticoes and Roman columns) as well as the cottages and Tudors of his native England (seen at the Cedar Gables Hotel in downtown Napa and San Mateo’s Coxhead House), this house in Tanglewood. The Drive in Berkeley has a coastal Spanish flair. Although updated over the years, Coxhead’s look remains bare bones with an impressive foyer, rich wood paneling, arched doorways, classic fireplaces and coffered ceilings.

Combining the inspiration of its Arts and Crafts movement contemporaries with the austerity of its religious design, this Coxhead home seems organically integrated with formal spaces that flow effortlessly into modest rooms.

A spacious entrance opens to the main rooms through a soft archway. The large living room balances drama and light with wood paneling on the walls, an intricate stone fireplace and windows on all sides. The dining room is also formal with beamed ceilings and a private fireplace, but the kitchen has a casual breakfast nook.

The cooking space is a sudden burst of modern style that reflects the home’s Mediterranean vibe. A cabinet painted in robin’s egg blue gets a bright accent from palm print wallpaper. The floors are made with modern black and white tiles. Chefs will appreciate the nine-burner antique stove with three burners and oven filler, Viking refrigerator and center island. There is also a second sink attached to the rustic brick wall. The kitchen opens through another arched door to the back yard for outside dining.

There are five bedrooms in total, all clean and classic with a few interesting touches. In the master suite, the wall of the bed faces a clear view of the deep soaking tub in the bathroom, which has a spacious open shower and separate wallpapered sink area. Many bedrooms have built-ins, wardrobe storage and direct access to the outside.

The property is designed to maximize your time with herb and vegetable gardens, grassy lawns, mature redwoods and even a beautiful tree house.

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 4.5

Size: 3830

Asking price: $3,750,000

// 28 Tanglewood Rd. (Berkeley); visit 28tanglewood.com for more information.