1320 Stannage Avenue
Built in 1929, this wonderful vintage home in NW Berkeley’s sought-after Westbrae neighborhood has just had major updates both inside and out. Located in an attractive, tree-lined, residential neighborhood, the house is an easy walk to Gilman and San Pablo Ave. shops and restaurants, only one mile from N. Berkeley BART, and two blocks to AC Transit’s Express “H” bus to downtown San Francisco.
The home is situated on a block full of other vintage homes, and offers great curb appeal with elements of Craftsman styling and attractive, mature landscaping. Stairs on the right side of the facade lead to a covered front porch that protects visitors from the elements, while inside, an entrance hall has a cedar-lined coat closet and offers a transition into the rest of the house.
The home’s living and dining room are on the left of the entry hall and, like most homes built in this era, are quite spacious and have many windows for bright, natural light. These “public” rooms were the heart of the home and meant for family gatherings, so care was taken to not skimp with the quality of materials. The living room faces the street and offers views of majestic Saint Ambrose church and her gothic spire only one block away. The living room also features a wood-burning fireplace and a vintage oak floor that continues into the dining room and has been refinished and returned to its original beauty. The living room opens to the dining room through a wide, open, doorway, and has a new, sophisticated ceiling light fixture, plaster walls and plenty of large windows for plenty of fresh air and natural light.
The home’s new, eat-in kitchen has been tastefully remodeled in today’s modern aesthetic while still respecting the age and design of the house. The floor is laid with handsome yet durable cork tiles, and stainless steel Frigidaire appliances include a five-burner gas range, microwave, dishwasher, French door refrigerator and a professional range hood. Brilliant white subway tiles form a high backsplash that perfectly complements the quartz counters and white, Shaker-style cabinets. A breakfast nook has French doors that open onto a deck that is large enough to enjoy indoor/outdoor entertaining or simply relaxing outdoors.
Like most 1920s bungalows, the bedrooms are situated on a dedicated hallway accessed from either the kitchen or the dining room is order to be closed off from the rest of the house for privacy. Typical for the age of the house, the bedrooms are comparable in size and feature an oak floor, new light fixtures and new, energy-efficient windows. The bathroom is conveniently located between the bedrooms, and has been completely and tastefully updated.
A special feature of this house is a spacious lower level that is built on the street level. This large space consists of a series of finished bonus rooms with a separate backyard entrance, and offers the potential to be converted into additional living space. A detached, backyard shed is another versatile bonus to this lovely property, and can be used for storage, a studio, or outdoor play space.
1320 Stannage Ave. offers a turn-key Berkeley property in a sought-after vintage neighborhood, and so much more! With easy access to so many commuting, neighborhood shopping & restaurant options, this home truly has something for everyone.