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Enjoy tranquility and a close connection with nature in this 2 bedroom, 1 bath home nestled in a sylvan setting in the Berkeley Hills. From this comfortable retreat you’ll experience the best of both worlds: the serenity of life in the Hills while being surprisingly close to local amenities. It’s only a 5-minute drive to Gourmet Ghetto with its specialty shops, markets and cafés. And it’s even closer to the UC Campus! Terrace View and Tilden Parks are close at hand, with convenient public transportation available nearby on Grizzly Peak, easily taking you to downtown Berkeley, to BART and beyond.

This cottage is tucked away down a garden path away from the street. From the front door you can see through to the mature trees in the back garden. The open floor plan with abundant windows and multiple French doors surrounds you with verdant vistas. The spacious living and dining area features a wood-burning fireplace, and is connected to the kitchen by a breakfast bar with new quartz counter; it’s the perfect spot for guests to hang out while a meal is prepared. The charming kitchen with vintage Wedgewood stove opens to a wrap-around redwood deck allowing for indoor-outdoor entertaining, or just a relaxing cup of coffee while overlooking your extensive garden below. The spacious deck, and brick patios in both front and back gardens, provide numerous sites to savor the handsome plantings and impressive trees of this exceptionally deep garden. Or just listen to the songs of the many visiting birds, or watch the local wildlife!


  • Hardwood floors throughout the living area
  • New vinyl floor in the bathroom (3/2019)
  • Fireplace in living room
  • Updated recessed lighting in the main room
  • Solatubes bathe the main room with natural light
  • Separate 1-car garage, plus off-street parking
  • Plentiful basement space for storage, workshop or expansion potential*
  • Interior freshly painted
  • Phantom screens on several French doors and windows

Built in 1949

Home occupies 997 sq. ft. on a lot of 9388 sq. ft. (approx. per public records)

*Buyer to verify with city. Neither Seller nor Listing Agent has verified the accuracy of any of these sources of information.

1470 Campus

Welcome Letter

Welcome to the tree house!

I love the woods. During my college years at Berkeley I spent a lot of time in Tilden Park, reinforcing that love. After graduation, I was thrilled when a funky little cabin near Tilden went on the market. I have felt very lucky to live here ever since.

While the house has changed (but never grown) over the years, the reasons I fell for it have remained the same. It’s in the woods, it’s amazingly peaceful and quiet, nature provides endless entertainment and pleasure, it feels “far away” while being only minutes from shops and restaurants (the famous gourmet ghetto), it’s very safe, it’s a great place to walk and enjoy nature and interesting Berkeley architecture and, of course, it’s close to Tilden.

When I bought the house, the hardwood floors were here.   However, other than the living room, many things inside—including walls, ceilings, cabinets, and closets—were made of plywood (the previous owners had replaced dark wood paneling with sheet rock and installed recessed ceiling lights in the living room). It really was a cabin in the woods! Over time, sheet rock replaced plywood walls, real cabinets and closets were installed, tiles were changed, French doors were added, the antique Wedgewood was brought in, the hardwood floors were extended to the kitchen (previously linoleum), the front and back patios and walkways were built, the deck was updated and expanded, and a new roof was installed including sky tubes. Throughout all of that the garden grew and grew. It has truly been a labor of love.

The house provided welcome respite during my years as a social worker, working with children experiencing trauma and grief. The quiet, the trees, the animals, and sometimes a roaring fire, have all been rejuvenating? I never get tired of watching the birds, the turkeys, the squirrels, and the deer. Looking out of the kitchen window at the bird feeders has always been a joy, and they are host to a lot of birds: chickadees, juncos, nuthatches, titmouses (weird, but correct), goldfinches, and hummingbirds. One of my favorite things, over the years, has been to simply stand on the deck and look at the trees (a great way to enjoy morning coffee).

There have been a LOT of wonderful gatherings and events here over the years, including bridal showers, baby showers, barbecues, potlucks, work retreats, Thanksgiving dinners, birthdays, dinner parties, book groups, having friends over, and getting to know the man I’m now married to. In recent years, it has been the place that the Berkeley Morris dancers and musicians come for breakfast after dancing the sun up at Inspiration Point on May Day. In January, with bells jingling and hankies waving, many Morris teams from around the bay area have gathered here for Berkeley Morris Wassails – providing entertainment for the neighbors with dancing and playing in the street, after enjoying a meal.

I leave this house with amazing, plentiful, and joyful memories. I hope you will build many of your own here.


Christy Vaile



With its spectacular bay views, ample trees, and impressive homes, the Berkeley Hills is one of the most desirable places to live in the East Bay.

Architecturally, it’s a rich smorgasbord of cottages, Craftsman bungalows, ranch houses, Italian-style villas, Spanish farmhouses, and Tudor manors. Renowned 20th-century architects such as Bernard Maybeck, Julia Morgan, and John Galen Howard made contributions here, imbuing the landscape with a sense of history and permanence.

Although there is little in the way of commercial businesses in the hills, an extensive network of pathways and staircases link hills residents to amenities in North Berkeley. Hills residents also have access to numerous parks and green spaces. Very near to 1470 Campus, between Fairlawn and Queens Road, you'll find one of the most recently updated: Terrace View Park, with two levels of play grounds. Locals can often be found rock climbing at Indian Rock Park, strolling along Bernard Maybeck’s fragrant Rose Walk, or picnicking at the Berkeley Rose Garden, considered by many to be the finest rose garden in Northern California. 

Other area favorites include the UC Botanical Garden and the Lawrence Hall of Science, where children can enjoy hands-on educational activities. Tilden Park, which has a delightful merry-go-round and steam train, is considered by many to be the crown jewel of the East Bay park system.

When the fog rolls in off the Pacific, shrouding the hillside in a mysterious mist, no place else feels more tranquil or transporting. The loudest sounds you'll hear may be from birds (and recently from a flock of turkeys!)

While living in the hills may feel like you've escaped to your own tranquil retreat, you are truly only minutes to Gourmet Ghetto or the UC Campus. The 67 bus has a stop just up the road, and BART can take you to Oakland, San Francisco and beyond. 



Open Houses:
Sundays, April 14th and 21st, 2-4:30 pm

Brokers Tour:
Thursday, April 18th, 10 - 12:30 pm

Additional Showings by Appointment:
Contact Arlene Baxter

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Arlene Baxter

2012 REALTOR of the Year, BARI'll be your Guardian Angel and your Devil's Advocate!Red Oak RealtycalDRE# 01209552510.717.1799