100 Parnassus Road
Stunning, one of a kind mid-century modern masterpiece designed and built by renowned and critically acclaimed architect Roger Lee in 1958 for concert pianist, and U.C. Berkeley Music Library benefactor, Jean Gray Hargrove. Rare opportunity to own a piece of architectural history with credentials and provenance, not to mention remarkable style, gorgeous natural light, and breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay from the main living space from the Silicon Valley to downtown Oakland, and multiple bridges.
Unique and thoughtful bi-level open floor concept with 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms (one on each level) with soaring ceilings on both levels, wood-burning fireplaces on both levels including a vintage Malm fireplace on the lower level, 2 separate entrances (one on each level), and 2 decks on the main level including a western facing covered deck with those spectacular views, and a petite deck off of the dining kitchen area.
Recently updated and remodeled kitchen and baths with the utmost respect to the original design to create a seamless transition to today’s needs and lifestyle. Simply put, my clients nailed it! Kitchen features include a Gaggenau convection oven, Gaggenau speed oven/microwave, Gaggenau gas cooktop, Liebherr built-in refrigerator/freezer, Bosch dishwasher, Heath tile, stainless sink, skylight, and open mahogany shelving. The main level bath was updated in 2015 with radiant heat terrazzo tile floors, Vola fixtures, Ann Sacks tile walls, Keuco vanity, sink and medicine cabinet, Wetstyle Cube soaking tub; and the lower bath updated in 2017 with radiant heated floors, Heath tile, and Grohe Rainshower and handheld fixtures.
Incredible attention to detail in every aspect of the home inside and out, including gorgeous heartwood redwood shiplap walls hand-cut on site by the architect Roger Lee; glowing luan paneling in excellent condition, vaulted ceilings on both levels, refinished hardwood floors on the main level, custom mahogany built-in cabinetry, skylights, large open studio on lower level with concrete floors and garden access, mature and established landscaping including flowering magnolias, camellias, maple, apple & lemon tree just outside the kitchen deck.
There’s also a large covered carport with secured storage and utility sink, on demand hot water heater, high efficiency forced air furnace, washer & gas dryer in the unit, fresh exterior designer paint, and a brand new solar rated composite shingle roof with transferable warranty!
Located high atop the Berkeley hills on a quiet and peaceful street not far from Grizzly Peak, and mostly above the fog line, 100 Parnassus is still relatively close and walking/biking distance to UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, and Tilden Park for those aware and not timid to the relatively steep terrain and sidewalk free streets of the area.
The architect Roger Lee is a native of the East Bay and graduate of Cal Berkeley. Roger started his career in Hawaii working for the US government as a civil engineer, and later went on to design homes in the Bay Area. Roger designed and oversaw the construction of over 100 homes, mostly located in the East Bay, and every one of them unique and custom designed for the owner.
Home to one of the most prestigious universities in the country, Berkeley offers the intellectual and cultural stimulation from its campus -- which is within walking distance of downtown. Many Berkeley neighborhoods were established in the 1920s, with quiet, tree-lined streets, brown-shingled homes, and lushly landscaped yards. In Thousand Oaks, the original developers preserved ancient oak trees and left rock outcroppings intact. Elmwood, with its thriving business district, remains one of the city’s most sought-after neighborhoods. In Claremont, the Claremont Hotel, a gleaming white Victorian-era landmark, has provided generations of Bay Area residents with a luxurious getaway.
Berkeley has long been at the forefront of culinary innovation. Locals flock to the original Peet’s Coffee & Tea location. For residents who like to savor their meals at home, small retail districts sprinkled throughout Berkeley allow them to shop like Europeans, going from store to store to purchase everything they need. Those in a hurry can always visit major grocery stores nearby.
Neighborhood green spaces abound throughout Berkeley, from small community gardens to the Berkeley Rose Garden -- which boasts more than 3,000 rose bushes. The gem of the area is 2,000-acre Tilden Regional Park, with its miles of biking and hiking trails and the naturally landscaped swimming hole at Lake Anza.