HouseNotMine : Berkeley

Sundays are wonderful days. One reason in particular is the plethora ("do you even know what a 'plethora' is?") of open houses between the hours of 11:00am-3:00pm. 

At one such open house last month, Hawk and I met Ryan Cross, a realtor with Shorewest Realty, who immediately impressed us with his amiable and authentic charm. 

He now invites us to more of his open houses, gives us a tour, and has us highlight them here for you, our lovely readers! You know we couldn't pass up an opportunity like this:)

Our newest HoustNotMine begins with a bright, purple door:

And an intricate canopy greeting any guest sends you in one of three ways: toward the dining room, the living room, or up the stairway.

The dining room is well-lit and bright even without the chandelier:

With built-in cabinets:
And a great decades (or more) old dictionary:

The fireplace invites without overwhelming:

Which makes for a very cozy living room:

Previous owners removed a wall that separated this large space just behind the center chair. Painting the wall red gives interest to the reading nook:

And we thought this little number was neat--a hand-painted Alice in Wonderland work on an old cabinet door.
And a blue powder room with the unique-to-WFB window within:

The sellers remodelled the kitchen when they built the addition. 

Additions are common to the WFB area, but we thought this one was particularly well-done. Seamless and bright.

We especially like the built-in shelves and window seat, which of course, we tried out:

And in the corner to the right, they built a breakfast nook. We love it!

Then, upstairs we go!

To see the first bedroom, used as a reading/relaxing room:

The master bedroom, with bright light from the east-facing windows:
The third bedroom seemed the largest, and we found our favorite--hardwood floors!

The sellers remodeled the full bath with soothing-colored tiles and a great pedestal sink:

Back downstairs to check out the large basement rec room:

And then out to the back yard through another purple door.

Hawk particularly likes the non-painted shingles and how the sellers did a great job matching the brick from the house on the addition:

I want one of these in my back yard...can't you just imagine the winter fires we could make with this?

After thanking Ryan for his hospitality, we moseyed on back under the canopy, through these gorgeous front doors...

And took one last midday shot:

We hope you enjoyed our latest HouseNotMine tour. Thank you, Ryan, for offering it to us! Keep them coming!

For information on the house itself, email us or check out Shorewest Realty.


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