Comfortable bungalow in Albany

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathroom

Description

The bungalow is located in a wonderful neighborhood, with a friendly family feeling and easy accessibility to all Bay Area destinations. The home is ideal for a vacation base from which to explore the Bay Area; for a sabbatical with easy access to University of California at Berkeley and good schools for one's children; or, for a base to relocate to the Bay Area. It is easy to get to San Francisco via BART, and then travel around San Francisco with the locally based Uber. UC Berkeley campus is four miles away. BART is a 15 minute walk or 5 minute drive. This home features an open floor plan with the kitchen opening onto a full deck surrounded by a private garden for indoor/outdoor living. Combined with a kitchen designed for a chef, it is a good place to entertain. The neighborhood is a walkable place: there is a weekly farmer's market a block away which features organic vegetables, meats, fish and eggs; local products like olive oil, balsamic vinegar and wine; and live entertainment. Two blocks away Memorial Park offers a public swimming pool, tennis courts, playground, and group picnic areas. Around the corner is a well-stocked neighborhood grocery; an English style family-friendly pub; an upscale pizzeria; a bakery which also serves coffee drinks; a dry cleaner; and spa. Solano Avenue, with its numerous restaurants and shops, is four blocks away. BART is a 15 minute walk/5 minute drive; SF is a 30 minute BART ride away; UC Berkeley campus, 4 miles away. Just a ten minute drive will bring you to 'gourmet ghetto' -- home of California cuisine and Chez Panisse, Alice Waters' wonderful restaurant and cafe. The restaurant scene within 5 miles of this home is a serious contender internationally. The home is good base from which to explore a number of Northern California destinations: Napa Valley is an hour away north and Silicon Valley an hour away to the south; Marin 45 minutes to the west, with wonderful ocean beaches and quaint towns like Bolinas and Sausalito. Carmel, Monterey, the Gold Country, the Russian River area, Sacramento, are all within two hours. The ridge line to the east is home to a string of connected parks and open space, offering miles of trails, including biking trails and untouched California woodland; to the west is the Bay and spectacular views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate and Mt. Tamalpais. There are numerous places to launch kayaks around the Bay, including Albany, Berkeley, Oakland and Sausalito. Both Sausalito and Oakland have great places to rent kayaks and other water craft. The most recent renovation included attention to 'universal design' to increase accessibility. The living space of the house is all on one level, including the deck. A ramp connects the driveway with the deck: one can wheel groceries in the red wagon (provided) from the car to the kitchen, and a wheelchair can travel the same route. Thought has also been given to reducing the number of allergens; scent-free products are used and provided; radiant floor heating provides comfortable heat and reduces the particulates in the air; the house has been pet-free for many years Albany schools are excellent. Albany High consistently places within the top 100 high schools in the nation, according to US News and World Report

Amenities

  • Dishwasher
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry
  • TV/Cable/DVD

Map

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