Energy-Efficient Contemporary with Spanning Views

5 Beds      4.5 Baths      6103 SF      .59 Acres      Views!      $3,625,000    SOLD

1707 Grand View Dr. Berkeley CA 94705

This well-appointed five bedroom, four and a half bathroom Berkeley home is truly a joy to behold, from the moment you enter the private gate, take in the serene landscaping, and open the exceptional glass & wood inlay front door. With a tranquil color scheme, vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, perfectly situated oversized windows, sprawling bamboo floors, and jaw-dropping views, this home is sincerely one-of-a-kind.

The main level hosts the main living room, kitchen, dining and sitting area with gas fireplace, and separate formal dining room with pocket door and bonus deck, as well as two-bridge and bay views from all west-facing windows in the home. The kitchen boasts rare Brazilian sea-foam granite with an oversized breakfast bar, Subzero refrigerator, commercial grade Wolf gas range and hood, Bosch dishwasher, and the most exquisite pantry you’ve ever seen.   The expansive main living room has floor to ceiling views of the bay and hillside.

Upstairs are four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and an office.  Each bedroom has lovely natural light and oversized closets. Skylights grace the upper hallway, letting  light into every corner. The master retreat features a full wall of windows, a sliding glass door with private deck, and an en-suite bathroom with dual sink vanities, a soaking tub with views, and separate shower with basket weave tiles. Downstairs is a bonus living space/theater room featuring radiant heating throughout, with bar seating, beverage fridge, and Bosch dishwasher.  This level also has a bedroom, bathroom, custom laundry room, climate controlled 700-bottle wine cellar and has access to the largest deck with views.

This home boasts architecturally spectacular conscious angles in positioning the home, and every window, and a deck that spans the size of the entire main level. Other highlights include parking area in front, as well as a three-car garage with interior access, home gym off the garage, solar panels, chicken coop, and mini-house roost and an additional office space with a hidden entrance.  The energy efficiency of the  48-panel solar system has provided zero-cost electricity for the running of the house.  The solar panel system also has an additional solar-thermal feed to the ultra-efficient radiant heating for the downstairs.  The home is also nearby parks, freeways, and amenities that include restaurants and shopping.

Original Architect - Guy Lubroth, Berkeley

Solar Panel Features:

  • 48-panel solar system with an additional solar-thermal feed to the ultra-efficient radiant heating downstairs
  • The energy efficiency efforts installed provided zero-cost electricity for the running of the house (Per Seller)

Design Features:

  • Highest-quality steel beam construction was used to create very large, open rooms
  • Fleetwood energy efficient, custom windows and doors throughout
  • Living room installed custom designed high-end cherry cabinets and bookshelf, all windows facing west have UV sun protection
  • Library - Formerly one large room which we divided into a small office at the far end and a large library. Designed with high-end custom cherry cabinets and bookshelves on three walls, including “secret office” where all high-end cherry built-ins were installed. All west facing windows have UV protectant film installed
  • Kitchen has Merbau hardwood with Macassar inserts, sub-zero refrigerator, Wolf stove, two Bosch dishwashers, two under-mounted Blanco Silgranite sinks and now hard-to-find Seafoam Green granite counters
  • Master bedroom has dramatic views of the Golden Gate bridge, Mt. Tam and the north bay, windows on four walls for natural light throughout the day, private terrace, Ann Sacks and Crema Marfil marble double shower, extra-large walk-in closet
  • Excellent storage throughout house
  • Eight Velux skylights throughout the house, six of which can be opened by remote control
  • Custom oversized laundry room - 2 sets of washers and dryers, laundry sink and custom-built lockable, large cedar closet
  • Downstairs - completely renovated downstairs to the studs. McCutcheon construction with German-built 96% energy-efficient water radiant heating throughout
  • Media  room - with overhead projector with drop-down screen, custom wood bar with refrigerator, sink and dishwasher. Television stand above bar
  • Wine cellar - custom designed 700-bottle wine cellar with humidity and temperature control
  • Custom built chicken coop with fence protection for chickens
  • Home gym
  • 3-car garage
  • High-end custom electronic gate for privacy and safety.
  • Private and serene


Anthony E. Cassel

Global Real Estate Advisor

2961 College Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705

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