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A Neighborhood for Every Lifestyle
61 Oak Ridge Road is a most magical and romantic villa designed in 1930 by architect Clarence Tantau. Located on a special cul-de-sac in the Claremont, this home is unique in its design, offering fabulous entertaining spaces and beautiful retreats both in and outside the house including a charming sunroom room and a small art studio. Upstairs is a large primary suite facing the Bay, two additional bedrooms with jack-and-jill bath, and an office. French doors open from public rooms to the beautiful western facing garden with pool, a rarity in the Claremont. Some Bay views. You will feel like you are living in Italy, while just a stone’s throw from the Claremont Club, Berkeley Tennis Club, Peet’s Coffee, the SF Express bus, and the many amenities of the Claremont/Elmwood/Rockridge Districts. Two car garage + additional off-street parking. The home is mostly in original condition, so updating is needed, but oh so worth it. This is a rare opportunity indeed!
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.