The ViewPoint Story



Expansive views, both inside and out, are the point of this warm home. Flooded in natural light, its interior rooms capture varied scenes: large living rooms, a kitchen with custom built-ins, and cozy fireside settings are all found here. Exterior patios in a variety of materials offer multiple scenes and vistas as well. There is so much to see in this one location it has multiple “viewpoints”!

Originally built as a getaway cottage for a San Francisco family in the 1940’s, this storied home has grown through various additions, the most recent of which highlighted its exceptional views of the Berkeley hills and San Francisco Bay. The homeowners are native to the area and appreciated the unique charm of the original home as they endeavored to remodel and update the residence while highlighting the panoramic site.

With a background in landscape architecture and design, the owners have taken special care to maintain a cottage feel to the grand home. Spaces are intimate yet open, light yet warm, rich yet not opulent. Beside a grand staircase is a nook of custom wainscoting; a small powder room is tucked in next to a paneled den. The kitchen is wide open with a large island and high ceilings, yet is perfect for intimate family gatherings. The family table is set in a nook surrounded by windows, just inside a small third story porch overlooking the San Francisco Bay. A professional space planner by trade, the owner was ever anxious to keep the spaces intimate. It is a welcoming and unpretentious home, without appearing ostentatious.