Because we like to mix it up here on Berkeleyside’s local real-estate coverage, today we bring you a home that needs some work. How much work is for the next owner to find out. We’re not making any claims about how easy it may prove to bring this little Craftsman back to its original splendor.

What we do see superficially, however, are the bones of a potentially pretty nice home. The 1,481 sq ft, three-bedroom, two-bathroom house at 1528 McGee Avenue has lots of original detailing, including a clinker-brick fireplace, wood-paneled walls, built-ins, pocket door and beamed ceilings. There’s an eat-in kitchen with skylight and a large backyard awaiting a gardener’s touch.

A fixer-upper, but one that someone with a penchant for DIY may be tempted to snag at $549,000 ($371/sq ft). It last sold in August 2009 for $448,051.

Tracey Taylor

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...

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  1. Looks like this just closed on July 16 (deed recorded). Perhaps a genuine REALTOR® can help us out with the sales price. Not in the second quarter, but you can see how distressed properties contribute to the hotness of 94703.

  2. This is my great-great-grandparents’, my great-grandparents’ and my grandfather’s (along with his siblings) childhood home. To whomever got lucky enough to buy a piece of our family’s history: treat it well – it holds lots of lovely memories!

  3. Looks like an older (65+) gentlemen (a hypnotist, hey, it’s Berkeley) had lived here and had been staving off foreclosure for the past decade (many NODs and refinancings to stay afloat). The August sale was a foreclosure sale to Wesco Realty LLC (a Walnut Creek based company which is very active on the courthouse steps). There appears to be an abstract of judgement involving the former owner on March 3 of this year (I’m assuming this is Wesco ‘evicting’ him from his former residence, probably an ‘unlawful detainer’ proceeding. IANAL, so take this with a grain of salt as Alameda County internet records are rather thin). It appears they then prepped the house for immediate sale; love the xeriscaped yard (yes, that is sarcasm). I’m guessing this goes for well over asking…

  4. wow, an 18% price increase in seven months in the worst economy of most of our lifetimes. for a “fixer upper”.

    gotta love berkeley real estate.