Everybody wants to live in Thousand Oaks. When I meet with new clients who wish to buy a home in Berkeley, it seems that whatever their targeted neighborhood (Solano Ave, Gourmet Ghetto, Northbrae, Elmwood), they always toss in “or Thousand Oaks.” The Thousand Oaks neighborhood has always been gracious and alluring, with stately homes tucked among lush landscaping on gently rolling tree-lined streets. But now more than ever, home buyers want to be walking distance to amenities such as shops and schools, but they still want to feel removed from the bustle of commercial areas. Thousand Oaks is the perfect sweet spot, equidistant to the popular shopping district of Solano Avenue and Kensington Circle, with it’s ring of eateries and farmer’s market.
The home at 1797 Thousand Oaks has made a splash for many reasons, not just the coveted location. It’s been owned by the same family for 57 years, and fortunately, the lovely 1920’s architectural details are still intact. The corner location with a Southern exposure means that a large portion of the home will receive direct sunlight for much of the day — a quality very high on the list for today’s Buyers. The lot is almost double sized, another rarity in Berkeley, and there is an opportunity to add an accessory dwelling unit while still leaving room for a garden. Altogether this property hits several high notes that pushed it to the peak of popularity in the current market: Coveted location, untarnished architecture, abundant natural light, rare large lot, and expansion potential.