Romantic Berkeley cabin that’s 640-square-feet draws more than 200 at first open house


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A cozy cabin in the woods of the Berkeley Hills is on the market for $479,000.

A cozy cabin in the woods of the Berkeley Hills is on the market for $479,000.

Photo: Christian Kluggman


A cozy cabin in the woods of the Berkeley Hills is on the market for $479,000.

A cozy cabin in the woods of the Berkeley Hills is on the market for $479,000.

Photo: Christian Kluggman


A cozy cabin in the woods of the Berkeley Hills is on the market for $479,000.

A cozy cabin in the woods of the Berkeley Hills is on the market for $479,000.

Photo: Christian Kluggman


A cozy cabin in the woods of the Berkeley Hills is on the market for $479,000.

A cozy cabin in the woods of the Berkeley Hills is on the market for $479,000.

Photo: Christian Kluggman



A cozy cabin in the woods of the Berkeley Hills is on the market for $479,000.

A cozy cabin in the woods of the Berkeley Hills is on the market for $479,000.

Photo: Christian Kluggman


A cozy cabin in the woods of the Berkeley Hills is on the market for $479,000.

A cozy cabin in the woods of the Berkeley Hills is on the market for $479,000.

Photo: Christian Kluggman




When real estate agent Josie George of Ratoosh Group arrived to show a rustic cabin in the Berkeley Hills for an open house on Sunday afternoon, people were already gathered outside.

“I went inside to turn on the lights and welcome people in, and then when I stepped back outside, more and more people were showing up,” George says.

For two straight hours, Ratoosh answered questions from eager prospective buyers. At first they formed a line behind her, waiting for a turn, but eventually George just stood on the deck and addressed the group as if she were giving a speech.

George says more than 200 people came to look at the 640-square-foot cottage at 2794 Shasta Rd. listed for $479,000 —and this was on the same day as the Super Bowl.

“I’ve never been at an open house that’s so busy,” she says.

Forty-two disclosure packets have been given out since Feb. 4, and after another Sunday open house on Feb. 11, offers will be accepted on Wednesday.

The video below is a handout from the real estate agent.


A cozy cabin in the woods of the Berkeley Hills is on the market for $479,000 (Handout video from real estate agent).


Media: Alex Adame



In the San Francisco Bay Area where real estate has boomed for nearly 10 years, stories of mobbed open houses aren’t unusual. Well-priced properties with curb appeal or potential receive dozens of offers and go for hundreds of thousands of dollars over asking price.

What’s more, the University town of Berkeley with its quirky charms, tree-lined streets and vibrant cultural and dining scene draws hungry homebuyers. The median sales price in September 2012 was $648,00 and nearly six years later that figure has nearly doubled to $1.225 million, according to Trulia. Seven months ago, two-bedroom bungalow with a pretty garden was listed for $725,000 and sold for 53 percent over asking at $1.111 million.

But 2794 Shasta Rd. might be a little different from the typical listing that causes a frenzy as it’s the size of a master suite in a typical new suburban home and it’s simple cabin design has never been updated.

George thinks it’s the original charms—the old-growth Douglas fir floors, interior walls paneled in Redwood, vaulted ceilings and a claw foot tub—that make the home alluring.

“Berkeley is full of wonderful homes, but this is different than anything that has been on the market in a long time. So many things get fixed up. It’s the rustic cabin feel that makes it special.”

David Ratoosh, founder of the Ratoosh Group, says the two cabins were originally built in 1921 and part of a pear farm and workers who picked the fruit stayed in them, but SFGATE was not able to confirm this information.






Embedded in a grove of redwoods in the hills yet only 10 minutes from the Gourmet Ghetto, the brown-shingled cabin also provides a unique location offering the best of both worlds.

“You feel like you’re in Tahoe or Yosemite,” says Ratoosh.

The property is being sold as a stand-alone condo that shares a lot with a neighboring cottage; both are in private settings and you don’t see your neighbors from inside either cottage, as reported previously on SFGATE.

Interested buyers from across the country have been calling to ask about the property. Devin Ratoosh, who is also a co-listing agent, says he has received calls from people in New York, Florida and Louisiana.

“They’re saying this is the house they’ve been looking for their entire life,” Devin says. “It’s a very romantic place. It’s up in the hills. The setting is perfect. You have the trees. You’re away from the city and you’re also right in the woods. And people love Berkeley.”

Article source: https://www.sfgate.com/realestate/article/Berkeley-real-estate-2794-Shasta-Rd-cabin-12571801.php

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