$4.99M Architect Edward B. Seeley-Designed Craftsman in Berkeley, California
$4,995,000 | Built 1907 | 5,518 Sq. Ft. | 7 Beds | 4.5 Baths | 0.28 Acres
2967 Avalon Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
Designed by Berkeley architect Edward B. Seeley and built in 1907 for Berkeley builder John A. Marshall, this 5,500+ square foot craftsman residence is on the market for $4.99 million in Berkeley, California. Listing details: Overflowing with historical relevance, this 5,000+ square foot residence beguiles the imagination with unsurpassed beauty and a fascinating backstory of a spirited rabble-rouser and a renowned architect. Built in 1907 and designed by Berkeley architect, Edward B. Seeley, the property has been a local-showpiece for well over a century. Constructed for Berkeley builder, John A. Marshall, the attention to detail is exceptionally precise. Starting out as a cement contractor and later becoming a builder, Marshall’s demeanor was rumored to be just as hard as the “artificial stone” he produced. Flying “off-the-hinge” more than once, the short-fused, pint-sized man threatened a prosecutor and battered a delicatessen owner.
Although not the most congenial man, he knew how to build a house intended to stand the test of time. Centrally situated on a 0.28-acre corner lot, the one-of-a-kind residence enjoys idyllic views of the surrounding hills and the famed Claremont Hotel. Many of the amazing features have been preserved for modern generations to appreciate and enjoy. Beautifully carved millwork adorns the interior, while the gorgeous original hardwood floors feature magnificent inlays. Meander through the light-filled rooms to find art-nouveau windows, elegant wall sconces, perfectly neat pocket doors, and subtly opulent built-ins. With grand origins of a hot-tempered builder and an artisanal architect, the memorable landmark home continues to endure with both style and function. The property is on the market for $4.99 million with Jason H. Hoffman & Alexandra Healy of the Jason Hoffman Team | Compass. Photography by Open Homes Photography. Check out the home’s website here!