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This home, well known to all passers-by is prominently situated on the corner of Claremont Boulevard and Avalon Avenue. Its interior, however, has remained a mystery to most. Built by and for the prominent developer John Albert Marshall (1868–1924), this 5,400-square-foot house was designed by San Francisco architect and Berkeley resident Edward Blake Seely (1864–1937). Behind the fully fenced yard, through the grand oversized front doors you instantly feel the expansive interiors.
Situated in the prestigious Claremont Court neighborhood just a few blocks from UCB & the amenities of Elmwood & Rockridge shops and restaurants, you’ll rarely need your car to run errands. When you do, Highways 13 and 24 are minutes away, and both Ashby and Rockridge BART stations are close by. Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase a great property in one of Berkeley’s most sought-after neighborhoods!
The Claremont neighborhood straddles the Berkeley and Oakland borders and features lush landscaping, curving streets that hug the canyon hills, and open space. Homes on the leafy side streets provide old-fashioned Berkeley elegance, with turn-of-the-century brown shingles, revivals, prairie-, custom contemporary-, and Tudor-styled structures offering residents a place to call home within the landscaped confines. The landmark of this area is the majestic Claremont Hotel Club & Spa, a vast Victorian edifice perched on 22 acres in the hills. Three outdoor pools, 10 tennis courts, a full-service spa, a fitness club, and three onsite restaurants deliver stunning views, and the resort has become popular with generations of locals as a luxurious getaway. Elmwood's shopping district on College Avenue in Berkeley offers old-fashioned shops, access to the Rockridge Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), grocery stores, bookshops, and flower stands. Restaurants, a movies theater, and a bakery are all a short walk away. The Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve is 208 acres of open space managed by the East Bay Regional Park District and more than 200 acres outside of the canyon owned by the University of California, Berkeley. Garber Park, a 13-acre oak-and-bay-tree woodland south of Claremont Avenue, is owned by the city of Oakland. Trails reward ambitious hikers with panoramic views of San Francisco Bay.