Now on the market for only the second time ever is a Dutch-style Craftsman designed by Hearst Castle architect Julia Morgan. One of Morgan’s earliest solo projects, the Berkeley residence was completed in 1906, not long after the pioneering architect had established her own practice. Prior to hanging out her own shingle, Morgan spent two years in the firm of U.C. Berkeley’s campus architect, John Galen Howard, experience that presumably helped her land the clients for this solo commission, Cal zoology professor Charles Atwood Kofoid and his wife, Carrie, a writer and historian.
Built for a cost of about $4,500 (which included Morgan’s $200 fee!), the 2,929-square-foot house was constructed mostly out of old growth redwood and wood salvaged from a demolished building on campus. The Kofoids, who were childless, resided in the home for four decades; after their deaths, it was passed on to David Michener, the son of Professor Kofoid’s lab assistant. The Michener family would keep the house another four decades, until 2008, when it was purchased by a couple who undertook a sensitive restoration that earned them a 2010 Preservation Award from the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association.
Located in the quaint Elmwood district, a block or so away from the Julia Morgan Theater and College Avenue’s commercial strip, the gambrel-roofed residence is oriented with its entry to the side rather than facing the street. On the lower level, you’ll find a living room, dining room, library, kitchen, pantry, half-bath, and laundry, while the three bedrooms, a sleeping porch, and two full bathrooms (one original, one a darn good reproduction) are all upstairs.
Highlights include numerous tiled fireplaces, leaded glass windows, antique push-button brass-plated light switches, pocket and French doors, a Hawaiian grass mat ceiling in the library, a bounty of built-ins, and beautiful woodwork throughout.
Outside, there’s an expansive side porch, a brick patio, and a lush garden with planter boxes. Updates include a newer roof, updated systems, and high-end appliances.
Last sold for $1.257 million, it’s now asking roughly double that — $2.495 million.
Mark Hardwicke of BHG RE Reliance Partners holds the listing.