Where in Berkeley?

Where in Berkeley?

Know where this is? Take a guess and let us know in the Comments.

Update, 9:47 am: TN got it! As the photographer, Neil Mishalov, puts it: This small pie shaped house is located at the intersection of Blake Street and Acton Way. The house is situated on a small sliver of land which is contiguous with the old Santa Fe Railway right-of-way. The right-of-way is the reason for the small pie shaped lot. Here is a map of the location, and this is a Google Street View image of the area. Congratulations, TN, on being this week’s winner.

Photo: Neil Mishalov.

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  • guest

    West Street

  • guest

    West street, just North of Dwight

  • TN

    Southwest corner of Blake Street and Acton Street

  • Greg Merritt

    Yeah…the leftover rail right-of-way makes a diagonal slice through th neighborhood west of Sac.

  • Tired

    This is 1350 Blake and surprisingly it’s a duplex!

  • http://acme.com/jef/ Jef Poskanzer

     The one on West Street doesn’t have a downspout.  I think TN got it right.

  • Sharoncoleman

    Acton Street, south of  Dwight.

  • Ryan K

    Corner of Blake and Acton next to the old railroad right of way.

  • Biker 94703

    Love Berkeley rental’s pride in ownership!

  • MarcusHart

     I always wondered what kind of right of way that was… I thought it might be some kind of utility right of way, but never knew for sure.

    Which railway is it a right of way for?  Do you know?

  • http://berkeleyside.com Tracey Taylor

    TN got it! As the photographer, Neil Mishalov, puts it: This small pie shaped house is located at the intersection of Blake Street and Acton Way. The house is situated on a small sliver of land which is contiguous with the old Santa Fe Railway right-of-way. The right-of-way is the reason for the small pie shaped lot.

    Here is a map of the location, and this is a Google Street View image of the area.

    Congratulations, TN, on being this week’s winner.

  • TN

    It really is a pity that now decades after Santa Fe Rail Road abandoned its right of way that more of the land has not been put back into some use. I know that there are environmental concerns on certain plots. For instance I recall that the plot that the Rare Fruit Growers wanted to use had I think an arsenic problem from the rail road’s practice of scattering arsenic for weed control.

    In a part of town that is short of small parks, community gardens and even housing, it is frustrating to see this vacant land fenced off and unused.

  • Charles_Siegel

     Santa Fe Railroad.  I think it was a commuter line.  The old building that is part of the Montessori school on University Ave. was originally a Santa Fe station.

  • MarcusHart

    Very interesting, thanks!

  • Berkeleyfarm

    Some of the old right of way is now Strawberry Creek Park and the BYA community garden.  The tiny bit on Poe St finally got developed a decade or more back. 

  • TN

    The parts of the Santa Fe right of way that were developed are very useful. Some of it went to small clusters of public housing. Of course that happened with a lot of community outcry against it.

    It is just that there is still so much more of the right of way going unused for any purpose. The city owned portions gets mowed periodically and that’s all that ever happens.

    In a city where we cry poor a lot about the availability of land for new purposes, we make very poor use of the publicly owned land we already have. It isn’t just the City of Berkeley. The Berkeley Unified School District is also a problem. While community residents decry the lack of play ground spaces for children, BUSD locks off the play ground at Rosa Parks School after hours and on the weekends and holidays. And I don’t think that the play field at the West Campus has gotten much use at all in decades. It is also locked.

  • Jcl4compassion

    This is the old railroad “throughway” off of Blake St.  The old train station is still on University a
    Ave. and West street walk way not far ferom Acton St.