Bungalow courts are undeniably, incontrovertibly, inexorably, and intrinsically quirky.
The 1100 block of Addison, between San Pablo and Byron, is rich – filthy rich – with bungalow courts.
From the backyard of San Pablo Avenue up to almost the hills, on Virginia between Euclid and Scenic is this gem.
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This next one, on Tenth Street, is a bit severe, a bit stark.
Maybe its the battleship gray paint. Or the concrete. Still, though, it rocks the bungalow vibe, no? Just north of a feral cat colony of some renown.
A Quirky Berkeley reader spotted this next bungalow court on the way to dinner, they said, driving up Dwight between Fulton and Telegraph.
It is not a quiet and peaceful location, but there is a definite serenity otherwise lacking on the block.
Here’s a really big one:
It wraps around the corner of California Street and Berkeley Way. The addresses are 1540-1544 Berkeley Way and 1924-1940 California. Looking at the units from along the street leaves you without a great sense of this being a bungalow court. When you peek into the courtyard though, you see the beauty. The units aren’t detached, making it not technically a bungalow court. But – close enough for me!
And, a sweet bucolic one on Lincoln above Sacramento.
Just west of the North Berkeley BART station is this court:
The final two in this batch are special — they have names. And signs with the names on them. How perfect!
First, on Dwight:
Sweet! Love the brugmansia, aka Angel’s Trumpet. Night-scented.
A second named court:
What a sign!!! What a perfect name!
There are more courtyards, I am sure. More good ones. I’ll keep my eyes open and if you know of one you think I should check out, write me. The courts here have strikingly different characters. I’m in favor of a project to document and celebrate all our bungalow courts — as long as I don’t have to do it. They are a great meeting between affordable housing (hate the term!) and character with beauty.
Tom Dalzell, a labor lawyer, created a website, Quirky Berkeley, to share all the whimsical objects he has captured with his iPhone. The site now has more than 8,000 photographs of quirky objects around town as well as posts where the 30-plus-year resident muses on what it all means.