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The Wave House- Contour Studios- 2021: Principal Architects Megan Carter & Bridgett Shank
The two repeating forms of the Midnight bronze- standing seam metal roof give this home its moniker, The Wave House. An exquisite modern view home perfectly located, just high enough on the hill to enjoy a spectacular bay view, yet close enough to reach all the amenities of central Berkeley in just moments. Western window and door systems allow floor to ceiling views of the bay and allow the home to open to its many generous outdoor areas. Whether it be outside seating in the front courtyard, a coffee or glass of wine on the view deck, play-space just off the lower family room, private side patio off the primary bedroom, or a soccer game sized lower yard.
Fully custom-built home, showcasing a perfect mix of truly monumental modern design, yet warm, inviting and subtle. Walnut floors and light Ash custom cabinetry and benches grace the spaces, bringing a natural aesthetic into the home. Clever nods to Mid-century and Scandinavian design inform the home’s sophisticated style. Technologically and environmentally modern in the design approach, exceeding Title 24 requirements, the home is well prepared to pamper its new lucky owners.
5 bedrooms /4.5 baths with additional upper view office and one car garage.
3947Sq Ft. Home
9605 Sq ft Lot
"pre-plumbed" for easy ADU conversion in Bedroom & Bath 2. (kitchen & laundry hook-ups installed)
Standing Seam metal roof from Custom-Bilt Metals (Midnight Bronze)
Western Windows and doors
Exceeds current energy code (T24) requirements
Bosch & Fisher Paykel appliances
Cle concrete tile throughout
Corian countertops throughout
Duravit, Badeloft & Phylrich plumbing fixtures
Dual furnace & Hot water heaters
Low Voltage wiring for security system
Data drop points for mesh and Cat 6 wiring
Combination of drought tolerant plants and No Mow Grass
Drip irrigation at planting areas; Sprinkler system at Grass; automatic watering schedule
Walnut Hardwood Flooring
Custom Cabinetry, Wood Species: Ash
Electrical Outlet at Primary Bedroom DG for future hot tub.
Hardie Cement Board Siding and Marine Grade Plywood Accents at Exterior
passive solar: southern exposure to thermal mass concrete floor on ground level
reused formwork as framing, blocking and fencing
reused concrete from old foundation for site retaining walls on east & south sides
Low and Zero-VOC finishes for paints & sealers
Thermally broken dual glazed windows (Avg U-Factor .35)
Creative reuse of materials for custom art pieces
FSC redwood fencing (west side)
drip irrigation with drough-tolerant landscaping for non-lawn areas
Fire-Resistance / "hardening" construction:
non-combustible Hardie plank siding
non-combustible standing seam metal roof (and east wall)
Densglas underlayment at eaves w/spray foam insulation (unvented)
"Perched above the city and offering the best panoramic views in the entire Bay Area, North Berkeley Hills is an incredibly peaceful residential neighborhood, yet not far from the hustle and bustle of the city’s more urban areas. Homes in the neighborhood are built in a variety of styles and feature spacious patio decks, manicured lawns and lushly landscaped gardens.
Depending on where you live, North Berkeley Hills residents can enjoy views of the San Francisco and Oakland skylines, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and Mount Tamalpais. For even more great views plus a variety of great outdoor activities, residents can take a short trip to nearby Tilden Regional Park. Park amenities vary between free and paid activities. Free activities available at TIlden Park include a beautiful botanical garden, the Little Farm, and nearly 40 miles of scenic hiking trails. For a small fee, the public can also swim at Lake Anza, take a spin on the Merry-Go-Round, or enjoy a round of golf at Tilden Park Golf Course.
Some residents in the southern part of North Berkeley Hills are within walking distance of the thriving retail district on Solano Avenue. Featuring a wide variety of stores, shops, and plenty of great restaurants, including:
Safeway Community Markets: Located at the southwest corner of Solano and Fresno Avenues, this is a great place to check off everything on your grocery list.
Noor & Sons Rug Gallery: Find handcrafted Oriental Rugs for your home, as well as rug cleaning and repair services.
Peet’s Coffee: It all started in Berkeley, and this location is ideal for your morning cup of coffee before you begin your commute.
Additionally, foodies who love a variety of cuisines are just a short walk or drive away from the infamous Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood.
Despite its elevated location, North Berkeley Hills is extremely transit-friendly. The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District bus lines that serve the neighborhood drop residents at the Downtown Berkeley BART station for a quick commute to downtown San Francisco. Berkeley Hills residents who live near the western section of the neighborhood are less than one mile away from the heart of UC Berkeley, making it a great area for faculty and administrators to live."