Prominently sited on the corner of Claremont Boulevard and Avalon Avenue, this 5,400-square-foot house is well known to all passers-by. Its interior, however, has remained a mystery to most. Built by and for the prominent developer John Albert Marshall (1868–1924), it was designed by San Francisco architect and Berkeley resident Edward Blake Seely (1864–1937).
The beautifully maintained Marshall House boasts original details. Behind the fully fenced yard, through the grand oversized front doors you instantly feel the expansive interiors.
• Formal entry with grand staircase flanked by dining & living room
• Sunroom offers lovely garden retreat
• Bright eat-in kitchen suite with butlers pantry
• Au-pair room with bathroom
• Mudroom with separate bathroom
• Access to full finished basement
• 2 car garage and plenty of parking spaces
• Upstairs, 9’ coved ceilings
• Wide hallways extend to a spacious master suite with bath
• Large sunroom or walk in closet
• Meditation/Exercise room
• Corner bedroom or office
• Four more bedrooms
• Additional 2 bathrooms
• Two decks with open to views
• Stairs to entire attic floor with deck
• Easy floor plan allowing each room to flow effortlessly
• Mahogany paneled walls and railings with beautiful detailing
• Box-beams and period lighting fixtures
• 10’ ceilings in the formal rooms
• Intricate inlaid oak floors
• Pocket doors on each side of the entry
• Bay windows with Art Nouveau leaf-patterned stained glass windows
• Original tapestry, luster sconces, and oak wainscoting in the dining rooms
• Extensive lawn and garden space in a fully fenced yard-12,000sqft lot.
• Walking distance to College Ave shops, Peets, Bakery & Claremont hotel
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- 3 Baths
- 6+ Bedrooms
- Master Bedrm Retreat
- Master Bedrm Suites - 2
- 0.5 Bath
- 1 Bedroom
- Laundry Facility
- Main Entry
- Basement Unfinished
- Bonus/Plus Room
- Formal Dining Room
- Hardwood Flrs Throughout
- Shower Over Tub
- Solid Surface
- Stall Shower
- Counter - Laminate
- Eat In Kitchen
- Garbage Disposal
- Gas Range/Cooktop
- In Laundry Room
Detached Garage, Off Street Parking, Parking Area, Side Yard Access
Sewer System - Public, Water - Public
- Composition Shingles
Additional Property Details
Lot Square Footage:
- Nat Hazard Disclosure
- Rent Control
- City Lights
More About Claremont
Once an 1880’s well-traveled stage coach route, by the early 1900s, Claremont Canyon, as it was known then, grew to become an integral part of Berkeley’s Key — or streetcar — system.
It was at this time that real estate developers, knowing a prime location when they saw it, decided to build the Claremont Hotel and Resort, a grand and majestic hotel that was a getaway for the well-heeled San Franciscan.
About the same time, the 1906 earthquake — and the fire that followed — destroyed much of San Francisco. And with that, Berkeley became more than a quiet university town as many City dwellers sought new stomping grounds here. Over time, the lush hillsides of Claremont Canyon turned into grand home sites that featured architecturally varied homes on lots that were generally larger than others found in the area.
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Life in Claremont means that everything you need is just moments away, including:
- The Gourmet Ghetto shopping district, complete with behind-the-scenes walking tours and the chance to sample delicacies from the various neighborhood restaurants.
- Neighborhood hot-spots, including Cheese Board Collective, Juice Bar Collective, Cha Am, Gregoire, Poulet, and Saul’s classic Jewish deli.
- Cooking classes at Kitchen on Fire, Cha-Ya's vegan sushi, and Epicurious Garden.
- And a variety of farmer’s markets that offer the freshest produce, flowers, and canned and packaged goods.
The lush and beautiful hillsides of Claremont Canyon became grand home sites for business people from the City, each architecturally different from the next.
A neighborhood boasting grand homes nestled along the hillsides (often with small paths leading down to Claremont Avenue and the Claremont Hotel), Claremont offers residents the away-from-it-all appeal of quiet sophistication and exclusivity while being just moments from everything they need.