Fresh to market: the quintessential Berkeley house we all know (and many of us would like to own): brown shingle Craftsman, period features, leafy outlook and quiet neighborhood. Only it isn’t in Berkeley — it’s just across the border in Oakland.

The advantage of its location at 6652 Dana Street is that Summer Kitchen is walkable, as is Wood Tavern and Bakesale Betty. Elmwood, Rockridge and Temescal on your doorstep: how cool is that? (Walk Score is 95.)

The house is flooded with natural light and chock-full of original details, including built-in dining room cabinets, two fireplaces — one in the large master bedroom — a lovely retro bathroom and a huge sunroom which would make a fabulous office or media room. There’s good flow and it’s been given a tasteful decorative makeover.

For many, the piece de resistance will be the garden, however. Private and lush, with dappled shade provided by both a redwood and magnificent locust tree — there’s no doubt that the hammock slung above the lawn will get good use.

Built in 1907, no doubt for a family fleeing San Francisco after the Big One, this house is something of a gem. Priced at $950,000 ($385/sq ft).

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. Beautiful house, though, and it looks like it’s priced right, maybe even low. Still, holding it for 6 years and losing 10% … that’s gotta hoit. On the other hand, if both loans are ARMs, their payments have gone down since they bought it. It’s the previous sellers who made out selling in 2004.

  2. This listing is noteworthy for many reasons (not the least of which, it provides some good eye candy). It originally sold for $1,050,000 in 2004. Actually a fine example of real underwriting standards by banks that are still around: a $530k first by Wells Fargo, and a $270k second by JPM. The loans are ARMs, of course. Under $900k, wrong side of the border — thanks for playing.