This one-of-a-kind dream-house in the heart of Westbrae boasts walls of energy-efficient glass, earthy materials, elegant finishes, drought-friendly landscaping, and solar power.

 

1147 CAMELIA street • WESTBRAE - north BERKELEY

3+ bedrooms • 2.5 baths • 1901 SQ. FT*. • NOTABLE ARCHITECT-DESIGNED

Architect Chris Parlette imagined something in a tired little Berkeley bungalow that nobody else did: A graceful, modern, sunny retreat. Once all remnants of the past were removed, he transformed 1147 Camelia Street from the ground up into a green-energy retreat with tranquil, intimate gardens. This is one of five notable homes featured in the 2017 AIA East Bay Home Tour last month, drawing hundreds of visitors! 

WalkScore 85  |  BikeScore 98!

Offered at $1,225,000 | SOLD at $1,430,000

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GLASS & green

With sustainability key in the design, every detail was considered. Large expanses of glass provide the advantages of passive solar energy, while framing Mount Tamalpais, the Berkeley hills, and the Golden Gate bridge in the distance.  

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DESIGNED KITCHEN

Concrete countertops, bamboo flooring, blackened steel, and a commercial-grade stove give the kitchen an industrial-chic feeling and utility — built for chefs and guests alike. The morning light turns eating-in into an event.

 MASTER SUITE

SUITE TRANQUILITY

The master suite has a built-in bed and storage system, two spacious walk-in closets, and an enormous, luxurious bath with a poured-in-place, polished white concrete tub surround. The reclaimed wood ceiling adds both loft and warmth.

 A FUNCTIONAL SKYLIGHT CAPS A CENTRAL LIGHT-WELL IN THE KITCHEN

A FUNCTIONAL SKYLIGHT CAPS A CENTRAL LIGHT-WELL IN THE KITCHEN

 THE ULTIMATE CORNER OFFICE

THE ULTIMATE CORNER OFFICE

A ride through THE NEIGHBORHoOD:

Sustainability was everything in the home’s transformation from a tiny bungalow to a modern showpiece. Every detail was thought-out: Venetian plaster, concrete, bamboo, blackened steel, and reclaimed wood are among the considered materials used throughout the home. 

 

The kitchen is a gourmand’s canvas for creating great meals and power-entertaining. The open-flow plan—from living room, through dining areas and kitchen prep area—forms a convivial triangle for mingling. Custom casework and industrial accents betray the soul of the architect. A natural light infusion all day long means an even lighter pull on the power grid.

 
 A BEAUTIFUL AND WELL-CONSIDERED KITCHEN

A BEAUTIFUL AND WELL-CONSIDERED KITCHEN

 TRIPLE-DUTY EAT-IN COUNTER, KITCHEN PREP, OR SERVING BAR

TRIPLE-DUTY EAT-IN COUNTER, KITCHEN PREP, OR SERVING BAR

 OPEN FLOW FOR BREEZY ENTERTAINING 

OPEN FLOW FOR BREEZY ENTERTAINING 

 EAT AT THE BAR, OR DINE THE TABLE OVERLOOKING FRONT GARDENS

EAT AT THE BAR, OR DINE THE TABLE OVERLOOKING FRONT GARDENS

The architect designed his home with a sustainability imperative, prioritizing recycled, reclaimed and re-purposed materials.

 

It's not all work and no play,though; touches of wit thread through the home. A transparent cat-walk is a highlight of every guest’s first visit. 

 
 MODERN BATH WITH A FOCUS ON FIT, FINISH AND SIMPLICITY

MODERN BATH WITH A FOCUS ON FIT, FINISH AND SIMPLICITY

 A UNIQUE FLOATING CAT-WALK TRAVERSES THE OFFICE BELOW

A UNIQUE FLOATING CAT-WALK TRAVERSES THE OFFICE BELOW

Large expanses of glass frame tranquil views of Mount Tamalpais, Berkeley hills, and a peek of the Golden Gate bridge. Open living spaces form a convivial triangle for cooking, eating, and socializing. A guest bedroom and bath integrate seamlessly on the main floor, and an office opens directly out to a deck, hot tub, and private rear yard. Landscaping on all four sides features drought-friendly plantings and dramatic lighting. The slideshow below and video tour shows all this unique home has to offer.

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This thought-through design means no stone was left unturned. When landscaping and the surround was laid down, gardens, plantings, architectural water features, and secret private spaces made the outside as much a retreat, and treat, as the inside.

 

The landscape plan features drought-friendly plantings, maintenance-minimal and sustainable hardscape, focal-point water features, planter boxes, and wood, zinc, and galvanized cladding — all screening the neighbors and insuring your privacy. This backyard is a Zen-like, and private, outdoor therapy patch.

 

 
 CONSIDERED MATERIALS AND WELL-FITTED CRAFTSMANSHIP

CONSIDERED MATERIALS AND WELL-FITTED CRAFTSMANSHIP

 A SUNNY YARD, PERFECT FOR THE KITCHEN GARDEN

A SUNNY YARD, PERFECT FOR THE KITCHEN GARDEN

 THE ZINC-CLAD STORAGE BULIDING REFLECTS LIGHT INTO THE GARDEN AND SHELTERS PLENTY OF TOOLS, BICYCLES, ETC.

THE ZINC-CLAD STORAGE BULIDING REFLECTS LIGHT INTO THE GARDEN AND SHELTERS PLENTY OF TOOLS, BICYCLES, ETC.

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 A DESIGN-COMPATIBLE HOT TUB IS BEAUTIFULLY INTEGRATED INTO THE DECK

A DESIGN-COMPATIBLE HOT TUB IS BEAUTIFULLY INTEGRATED INTO THE DECK

Living in this progressive urban retreat gets better and better, the more time you spend in it. When you explore your surroundings, you’ll find yourself in the thriving North Berkeley neighborhood of Westbrae, full of shopping and amenities, relaxation and recreation, and numerous transportation options that include BART, Amtrak, direct bus lines to San Francisco, and excellent freeway access.