Is this craftsman the best deal in Berkeley?


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    A pretty Berkeley Craftsman bungalow asking less than a million is sure to make the news, and this one did

    A pretty Berkeley Craftsman bungalow asking less than a million is sure to make the news, and this one did


    Photo: Christian Klugmann

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A pretty Berkeley Craftsman bungalow asking less than a million is sure to make the news, and this one did

A pretty Berkeley Craftsman bungalow asking less than a million is sure to make the news, and this one did



Photo: Christian Klugmann


This craftsman home in Berkeley’s Thousand Oaks neighborhood is charming in many ways: looks, condition, location — and not least, the price, which at $995,000 makes it one of the few homes of its kind in the East Bay town asking less than $1 million.

The home


Built in 1916, the home exhibits the best details of its period and style: The hardwoods, tray ceiling, built-in shelving, and mullioned windows are classic hallmarks of a craftsman bungalow.

The house offers two stories, totaling 1,567 square feet of living space plus a one-car garage.

There are three bedrooms, one and a half baths, a remodeled kitchen and a formal dining room. The living room features a wood-burning fireplace.

The lot

This charming abode rests on a lot of 5,049 square feet, per tax records. Upon this lot are a fenced yard dotted with fruit trees. On the backside of the home are patio and gardens.


The location adds quite a bit of allure to an already alluring property: 853 Colusa Avenue is an easy walk to Solano Avenue’s many amenities. BART is also close by, as are a number of city parks.

The deal

The home last sold in 2006 for $770,000. Today, the price on this home is $995,000. We’re willing to bet sellers expect more, given the merits of the property. In fact, comparable MLS sale data generate an estimate closer to $1.2 million.

On the other hand, the asking price is right at the current median for price-per-square foot: Properties in this area have sold for a median of approximately $630 per square foot in the past 30 days, and 853 Colusa Ave. is asking $635.

What will the winning bid be, readers? There are sure to be quite a few of them.

See the complete listing here. 

Anna Marie Erwert writes from both the renter and new buyer perspective, having (finally) achieved both statuses. She focuses on national real estate trends, specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. Follow Anna on Twitter: @AnnaMarieErwert


Article source: https://www.sfgate.com/realestate/article/Berkeley-real-estate-Craftsman-for-sale-13533886.php

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