Enchanting Retreat in Sylvan Setting

by arlene on April 20, 2019

03It’s been my pleasure to have several listings in North Berkeley this year, the current one being a very charming cottage in the woods at 1470 Campus Drive in the Berkeley hills. The initial response has been excellent, with many requests to review the disclosures. I always actively market my listings, especially to other agents. For this current listing I chose to do some special marketing in order to capture the unique setting. A short video of the exterior, with a quick fly-through, is helping buyers get a sense of the context of this cottage within the deep wooded lot of over 9300 sq. ft. It’s difficult from the street to fully appreciate that while in the home you are surrounded by views of green from every window! And yet it’s truly only a five minute drive to the heart of Gourmet Ghetto at Shattuck and Vine. My first open house last weekend was constantly busy, with lots of people smitten with the tranquility and beauty of the setting. If you have a moment and want to experience a brief retreat to the hills this Easter Sunday, come visit from 2-4:30, and I’ll have cold lemonade waiting! And you just might catch a glimpse of the three resident turkeys!

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twilight.side.revI am always excited to represent a listing, especially one in my own North Berkeley neigbhorhood, and especially such a beautiful property. But my current listing is special to me in many ways. I have known Barbara, one of the three siblings selling this home, since 1976 when we were both active Scottish dancers. I knew the house before the addition, and attended the father’s memorial service in the back garden. I helped both Uncle Arthur and Aunt Phyllis sell their properties before moving in to 1015 Mariposa to share the home with Betty, Barbara’s mom, as senior siblings, along with a care giver. And I suggested the archiect, Jerry Holan who remodeled the upstairs to be both period-appropriate and ADA compliant.
We all love Mariposa as “Halloween Street” but it is so much more: it is a true neighborhood! It was a delightful surprise that Patch picked up my listing. And then I was really thrilled that SF Gate picked up the story and featured it on Friday the 15th. After six decades this testimonial to the power of family and love is ready for new stewards. I will be open tomorrow 2-4:30 pm, with green limeade, green mint Oreos, and great Irish tunes playing in this lovely home!
For all of the photos and details, visit 1015Mariposa.com

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