Julia Morgan-designed home for sale in Berkeley

The home, at 2900 Derby Street in the Elmwood, includes an inglenook fireplace with a hidden nook. Photos: Ira Serkes

A home designed by Julia Morgan is always worth a second look. The early 20th-century architect’s designs are woven into the very fabric of Berkeley, with many residential projects to her name, and two notable public buildings: the Berkeley City Club on Durant, and the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts on College.

Now comes to the chance to buy one of Morgan’s family homes. The 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom brown-shingle at 2900 Derby Street, opposite the Clark Kerr campus, was built in 1904 and it has just been listed for $1,025,000.

Along with the swaths of first-growth redwood paneling, the home’s stand-out feature is probably its  charming inglenook fireplace in the living room. The kitchen is modern and light and gives out onto the back garden.

According to the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, the house was moved to its current site from 2819 Garber Street in 1920.

The home will be open on Sunday, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Details can be found on the home’s dedicated website.

Built-in cabinetry and first-growth redwood paneling are some of the home's historical features

The south-facing kitchen has been updated and gives onto the back garden

The brown-shingle home is on Derby Street opposite the Clark Kerr campus

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  • http://www.facebook.com/TheRobertaMurphy Roberta Michelson Murphy

    What a classic–and one that should be in hot demand by real estate collectors. Would also be an interesting prospect/site for film production.

  • Guest

    That is one ghastly kitchen. Nice home, though.

  • Anonymous

    I want this house.

  • BerkeleyTard

    LOL, total trainwreck..  esp love the stainless range hood that almost misses the soffit, then disappears before it hits the ceiling.   It’s okay, nothing a $100-200K kitchen makeover won’t fix.

  • theDeer

    Ah, yes, the moving of houses. We used to live in one that had been moved twice, grew up at College and Webster, moved to Ashby to make way for a gas station, later, the Elmwood P.O. 
    When Alta Bates expanded, the house was moved up to Benvenue, along with several others. It’d had 3 different directional orientations..So I always smile when I go to the post office there on Webster, if only because that house once stood there.

  • Cammy

    Agreed, the kitchen needs to be more “Arts and Crafts” looking. The cabinets are modern lack the wood’s warm color found in the rest of the house. But it’s clean and functioning.

  • Bruce Love

    So what about that fireplace?   Do I correctly understand, given the mantle and the slightly mismatched flooring,  that it was originally a much larger fireplace and larger hearth?

  • Anonymous

    The scale of the mantle and inglenook looks appropriate to me.  The fireplace and flooring were likely redone after the house was moved to the 2900 Derby site.

  • Guest

    yes, yes, nevermind that…did you notice the GRANITE and the SUB-ZERO freezer and over here we have…

  • Tim

    .better change that photo credit. Again, implying a business name in direct violation of copyright.