1152 Miller Avenue
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Resting on a rare double level lot in the Berkeley Hills, 1152 Miller Avenue is a stunning 4BD/2.5BA home that showcases the very best in custom touches, from thoughtful, stylish interior design elements to exquisite, award-winning landscaping. No expense was spared in creating this estate-like 4,011 square foot home, which was designed by architect David Stark Wilson, founder of WA design, and is integrated with landscaping by Goodman Landscape Design. The result is a property that perfectly marries the classic indoor-outdoor flow of California luxury style with meticulous attention to detail.
As you approach this remarkable home, you first marvel over gorgeous landscaping, including a lawn complete with stone walls and framed by mature trees, giving it a marvelously private aesthetic. From a distance, you will see an incredible outdoor dining area -- a hint of what is to come. Wend your way through a zen-style woodland garden into the home and a truly stellar home unfolds: an entryway distinguished by a stylish acid-stained concrete floor and Venetian plaster walls (an ongoing theme throughout the home), then a living area with a vaulted ceiling with exposed steel trusses, built-in bookshelves, and incredible bay views through massive windows. Continue on and you can explore the spacious dining room, which has a built-in buffet and two sets of French doors leading to the home’s upper patio; step onto the patio and take in the incredible view, which stretches from San Mateo to the San Pablo Bay.
Back within the home, its gourmet eat-in kitchen/family room awes, with custom maple and cherry cabinets and additional exposed steel trusses and vaulted ceilings. Within the expansive kitchen is every feature and appliance to delight the home chef: a Wolf range with grill, built-in oven with additional microwave/speed oven and warming tray, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, sink with a window overlooking verdant trees, custom poured-concrete breakfast bar/island with second sink, and large pantry area. Light spills into the kitchen from the windows in the attached family room, where you can settle in before a massive fireplace and simultaneously enjoy a fire and take in the view through tall picture windows. Pass through an additional dining area and one of the home’s most dramatic features reveals itself: a spectacular outdoor dining area with custom poured-concrete table, seating for ten, and staggering views.
Accessible by way of a staircase accented with brushed steel detailing is the upper level of 1152 Miller, which includes two spacious bedrooms, the owner’s suite with dramatic corner windows, vaulted ceiling, and large walk-in closet, while the secondary bedroom is remarkably large, also with a vaulted ceiling. The bath is accessible directly from the front bedroom and from the hallway, and it sparkles with skylights, stone tile floor, glass step-in shower, and extremely deep Kohler tub. A custom cherry/color-integral concrete vanity adds to the bath’s luxurious aesthetic.
On the lower level of 1152 Miller, more luxury and style unfolds: two bedrooms, both with French doors leading to the enchanting lower garden area, a large laundry room with utility sink, ample custom cabinetry, and poured concrete floors, a hallway bath with distinctive pebble accents, and an expansive recreation/entertainment room. From this level, the garden beckons; there you will find an incredible patio and mature plantings, including Japanese maple, a lemon tree, and multiple varieties of lavender.
Further exploration of the garden reveals still more incredible features: a bocce ball court, a treehouse with its own four-bridge view perched in a cedar tree, and a stylish detached bonus structure, ideal for meditation, writing, yoga, office, or music room, with large windows overlooking the treetops and the bay -- the ideal getaway tucked into the architecturally rich experience of the property.
Over the course of 20 years, more than $3 million has been invested in the creation of 1152 Miller. The result is a home where privacy, style, and attention to detail effortlessly fuse to create the quintessential California casual luxury aesthetic.
Highlights at a Glance:
Perched above the city and offering some of the most sweeping panoramic views in the entire Bay Area, the quiet, residential North Berkeley Hills neighborhood offers peace and solitude not far from the hustle and bustle of the city’s more urban areas. Homes in the neighborhood are built in a variety of styles and feature manicured lawns and lushly landscape gardens. Some homes are hidden from the road by large trees, while others offer views of the San Francisco and Oakland skylines, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and Mount Tamalpais. North Berkeley Hills backs up against Tilden Regional Park, which offers numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation all year long. Some residents in the southern part of North Berkeley Hills are within walking distance from the thriving retail district on Solano Avenue, though those who live at higher elevations will likely need to drive to most places. Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District bus lines that serve the neighborhood drop residents at the Downtown Berkeley BART station for a quick commute to downtown San Francisco.