Inspiring Urban Retreat

For Sale $1,150,000


Originally acquired almost 15 years ago as a small quirky cottage, this thoughtfully reimagined, almost fully rebuilt three-bedroom, two-bath home now stands transformed for the current century. With new infrastructure, from seismic/structural to electric, plumbing and roof, 1461 Acton Crescent offers a rare opportunity in the heart of Berkeley to leave many of the typical “old house concerns” behind.


Property Description

Situated on a fully fenced cul-de-sac lot at the end of a winding tree-lined street, this spirited contemporary home welcomes guests via a covered porch overlooking a sunlit yard with native (and edible!) landscaping. The front entry opens to a generous great room with vaulted ceilings, ample LED lighting, and warm, random-width quartersawn oak floors. Nearly floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the yard provide a peaceful natural backdrop to meals, particularly evening dinners lit by the colors of our beautiful sunsets. Sliding doors off of the dining area provide a special and seamless indoor/outdoor lifestyle. The thoroughly modern kitchen, with high-end appliances, abundant storage, and its skylit work/prep peninsula, offers a wide view, as it should, over the entire entertaining space.

A smartly envisioned, very flexible rear wing offers a full sized laundry area with extensive storage shelving, two generous bedrooms and a full bath with Saltillo tile and double-vanity. The larger of the two main-level bedrooms features great closet space as well as a lighted and windowed nook, perfect for either a reading refuge or for a crib. The end of the rear hall finds a lively two-story stairway, brightened by large skylights, leading up to a private master suite replete with multiple open spaces for creating, relaxing, studying, or gaming. The master bedroom captures evening light and filters it through a screen of trees that creates just the right amount of privacy. The adjacent bathroom features yet another skylight over a large custom shower, making for happily peaceful starts to every day.

As special as this urban retreat is, its location matches that in every way. Just blocks from North Berkeley BART (via an almost secret path to Sacramento Street) and University Ave. shops and restaurants, practically every corner of Berkeley that its residents find so enriching is within easy reach. Fourth Street, Poet’s Corner, Westbrae, Northbrae, the Gourmet Ghetto, and Downtown form a nearby arc around the Acton Crescent. Myriad cafes, restaurants and shopping & living conveniences are even closer: Algorithm and Fellini’s coffeehouses, La Capilla and La Mission Mexican grills, MeloMelo Kava, Berkeley Bowl, Monterey Market, and even a neighborhood Target store, among many other conveniences.

A true hideaway in the heart of Berkeley, 1461 Acton Crescent is a rare combination of modern livability, elegant simplicity, and inspirational enjoyment. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to put down deep roots in this special location. Inquire for more details today!


  • New second floor master suite with ash floors, 4 skylights, lounge, and multipurpose nooks
  • French drain and extensive storm water routing to street
  • New roof and gutters in 2017
  • New exterior siding (most)
  • Insulated dual pane windows with thermal breaks
  • High-efficiency furnace with whole house air cleaner
  • Tankless water heater, new plumbing and electric throughout
  • New skylit staircase with custom designed steel railing
  • Ethernet hardwired in most rooms to networking center in garage w/battery backup
  • Major interior reorganization to maximize closet, laundry and bathroom spaces
  • Redwood fenced yard and Ipe decking outside of new exterior doors


  • Rooms: 7
  • 3+ Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms (Full)
  • Floor (if applicable): 2
  • 1759 ft²
  • Lot size 3981 ft²
  • Built in 1941
  • School District: Berkeley

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Exclusively Listed By

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Heidi Abramson

Broker, Realtor


Heidi Abramson

West End Properties


2173 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, California 94702