851 Bates Avenue
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Words cannot begin to describe this custom built mid-century home c. 1965 and on the market for the first time in its history. Bee Renovated and Sean Gaston Design have done a meticulous restoration of this residence, brilliantly preserving period details and completely updating the rest. Stunning setting with unsurpassed three bridge view. Five bedrooms and three baths or four bedrooms with a legal one bedroom ADU. Level in and level out. Walls of glass creating the ultimate connection to the view and landscape.
Architect - Linda Witten Willson c. 1967
Winding paths are an invitation to the stunning architecture and lead to the custom original front door. The formal entry features bespoke architectural detail using vintage fretwork panels. New white oak floors installed throughout the home create a warm and welcome introduction to the interior.
The master bedroom has been expanded to include a full wall of glass, access to a private deck with Bay views, original re-sawn redwood feature wall and a huge 16 foot walk through closet with tailor made built-ins. The master bath features the original (and painstakingly restored) terrazzo floors and grand shower.
Newly added - a legal accessory dwelling unit (ADU) that now offers options to enjoy this new level as part of the main house or separate as a legal rental. This level includes a separate entrance, generous living area with access to patios and yard, a kitchen that can also serve as an entertaining wet bar, large bedroom with Bay views and a generous bath with laundry hook ups.
The kitchen has been completely reimagined and expanded to create an open living space with family room to relax and gather. Anchored by a generous Carrara marble island, this space is large enough for friendly gatherings or intimate family dinners. Details include a custom-built banquette, walls of beautiful matte glazed tile, all new professional stainless JennAir appliances, quartz counters, solid wood cabinetry and direct connection to the expansive entertaining deck… and views of the San Francisco Bay.
The formal living and dining room feature unbelievable panoramic views… 3 bridges to be exact! New walls of glass open to create a true indoor/outdoor connection to the generous deck overlooking the large property and these breathtaking vistas. An extraordinary original feature, re-sawn redwood walls, have been preserved and updated in a dark and sexy “charred” finish. The original fireplace anchors the space with a full wall-to-wall cantilevered hearth of concrete and straight-grain Fir.
Expansive parcel, dotted with striking stone out crops create a rural natural landscape.
Striking and strong. This home has undergone many infrastructure improvements including an extensive seismic retrofit, upgraded electric and plumbing systems, new compliant sewer lateral, and clear pest to name a few.
El Cerrito means "the little hill" in Spanish, and the town that is perched on the hill above San Francisco Bay offers easy access to Interstate 80 and Interstate 580 to Marin. Hillside homes along the curving streets deliver sweeping views of San Francisco and sunsets over the Golden Gate Bridge.
El Cerrito's main shopping corridor is undergoing a rebirth, beginning with Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, which was restored from the former Cerrito Speakeasy Theater. Access to open space and parkland is extensive, with Arlington Park, Cerrito Vista Park, Hillside Natural Area, Huber Park, Poinsett Park, and Tassajara Park & Pottery Studio all nearby. The Ohlone Greenway is a popular trail with hikers and bikers.
The University of California, Berkeley is several miles away, and two Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stations, at El Cerrito Plaza and El Cerrito del Norte, make commuting easy. El Cerrito Plaza is a major shopping center housing grocery stores, restaurants, bookstores, a pharmacy, and smaller mom-and-pop stores.