1201 Masonic Avenue, Units A & B
Nestled in a woodsy setting next to Codornices Creek and the Ohlone Greenway near the Berkeley/Albany border, this charming mid-century duplex offers an excellent investment opportunity just steps from Gilman Street and all Westbrae pleasures. The side-by-side, mirror-image two bedroom, one bath units feature airy, open floor plans with large, sky-lighted living rooms, generous bedrooms, and convenient central kitchens open to the dining areas. A rear common deck leads to a shared storage shed; the basement provides more storage space and the shared laundry. Happy tenants can leave their cars on the driveway and either bike or stroll the Greenway to the El Cerrito or North Berkeley BART stations or walk a few steps to the AC Transit bus stop at Gilman and Santa Fe. Freeway access to I-80 and I-580 is nearby, as are all the shops and parks and restaurants that make this fine North Berkeley neighborhood such a convenient and vibrant place to live.
- Two 2BR/1BA mirror-image units
- Both units currently tenant-occupied
- Monthly rents: Unit A $2720, Unit B $2100
- Hardwood floors, skylights
- Building 1476 square feet per public record
- Garden areas and walkways
- Rear deck and shed
- Basement storage and laundry
- Three off-street parking spaces
- Lot 4245 square feet per public record
- Creek and Ohlone Park/Greenway access
- Electrical meters and water heaters, 2013
- New sump pump and washer, 2014
- New wood fence in front yard, 2015
- New front windows, 2016
- New stove Unit B, 2017
- New exterior paint, 2018
These tenant-occupied units can be shown by appointment with the listing agent or seller only, starting with a showing of Unit B. Please contact Gini Erck for property disclosures and an appointment to view Unit B. Unit A can be shown thereafter to serious buyers.
Sewer lateral compliant
Biker's Paradise Score 97
Westbrae and Northbrae
In the northern reaches of Berkeley along the Albany border, two small business districts offer plenty of diversion for locals and visitors with neighborhood cafes, a couple of destination restaurants, great food and nursery shopping and some nice patches of greenery. Stay in Westbrae, stay in Northbrae, or hit both -- they are a five-minute walk from one another.
The Westbrae strip, which covers a few blocks of Gilman before it ends at Hopkins, bisects a peaceful neighborhood where the only sign of the surrounding urban bustle is the periodic sound of a BART train rushing past on the nearby elevated tracks. Favorite stops include Lalime's restaurant, a gorgeous community garden and, along Westbrae's southern edge, a spacious park.
A little further east, the Northbrae shopping intersection is a pleasant place to pass the hours, with some of the best grocery shopping around. These two blocks pack more seasonal and fresh produce, seafood, poultry and meat oomph then most urban villages could even dream of achieving. Up the street, a park offers neighbors and visitors tennis courts, play areas, a swimming pool and a track. The area's cultural highlight is a branch library.
Cedar-Rose Park: Cedar and Rose both branch off Hopkins. A big piece of the space between them is the three-acre Cedar-Rose Park, which lies off the bike trail linking North Berkeley BART with the Ohlone Greenway, a park-like bike and pedestrian trail which runs through Albany, El Cerrito and Richmond. There's a huge turf area often used as a soccer field, plus a basketball court, three tennis courts and two fenced playgrounds.
by John Fall, Special to SF Gate (5/05)