In uncertain times, its particularly comforting to have neighbors you can trust. This quality is magnified when youre part of a close-knit, yet private, community of three condo homes at 3046 Telegraph Avenue, seated on the edge of Berkeleys desirable Elmwood neighborhood.
The complex includes the No. 1 unit -- the property thats currently for sale the original, historic, two-story house built in 1908, which was elevated a few years ago to add another level containing the second home/condo unit below. The third home/condo is a stand-alone cottage on the rear portion of the large lot.
This property is designed with privacy in mind. Each home has its own private entrance. Each unit also has its own fenced private yard, giving you a sense of living in a single-family home. The current owners, who are retiring to the Midwest, describe their little neighborhood as a kind community, with an interconnected relationship, built on mutual trust and respect.
Their No. 1 unit -- as the original two-story home is a three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,740 square-foot delight that immediately upon entry feels like a single-family house, not merely a condo. To enter, zig-zag up white-railed front steps to the second-floor front door that pops with a coat of brick-red against the blue-gray shingled siding.
The home underwent a gutted to the studs remodel two years ago, including a fully permitted renovation and condo conversion, plus new central heat, insulation, roof, windows, electric systems, water heater, plumbing and more.
Yet the vintage character remains. Large coved windows meeting at the corner in the living room -- look out over the neighborhood. Sleek wood floors, neutral walls, and white linen Roman shades throughout keep it light and bright.
A wide doorway leads into the dining room where a bay window complete with a window seat -- welcomes plenty of sun. A breakfast counter separates the dining room from the kitchen, where rich, dark cabinetry and deep gray stainless appliances are set off by sparkling white Carrara Quartz countertops, white backsplash, and white upper cabinets. A great kitchen convenience is the instant hot water faucet at the sink.
The door off the kitchen provides access to a stone-tiled second-story deck. Perfect for a sip of morning coffee or a little al-fresco dining. Also, off the kitchen is an alcove with Bosch stacking washer and dryer.
Two bedrooms are located on this floor. The main bedroom, off the dining room, includes a large walk-through closet to the main bath with a roomy walk-in shower with a Grohe shower head. Mirrors over the white sink flank a slot window. Just off the living room are the second bedroom and a second bath with gray cabinets and white Carrara tile.
The homes top-level, in the peak of the roof, contains the third bedroom and a large storage/closet space. The rooflines angled ceilings give it personality, with windows overlooking the street and the lovely pine tree in the side yard.
Theres abundant storage throughout, plus a newly added enclosed storage shed below the front porch for secure storage of bikes, outdoor adventure equipment, or a great spot for general tinkering.
This home has one dedicated parking space with a new fully permitted EV car-charging station. But you may not need your car too often as theres easy walking access to parks and shopping. Its just over a mile to the UC-Berkeley campus, a mere half block to Whole Foods, and a short, flower-filled stroll to Ashby BART.
A small HOA for the three units is fully up and running with a mindful budget primarily covering insurance and reserves, making 3046 Telegraph No. 1 a single-family home with the benefits of condo ownership.