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Attention to detail and impeccable quality epitomize the floor to ceiling renovation of this 814 SF one-bedroom condominium. The Casa De Solano HOA carefully maintains this coveted building, which is optimally located just off Albany’s vibrant and exciting Lower Solano Shopping District. This unit is ideally located on the north end of the building, away from Solano Avenue. This condominium in a 1928 Classic Mediterranean has been beautifully renovated by a designer. Using the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, complementing the original architecture, local artisans crafted unique furnishings and decor. Walk out your door to access everything you need and want, from restaurants & retail shops to parks & transit. 92 Walk Score & 98 Bike Score! This truly is a special home in a vibrant neighborhood!
With 9’ ceilings throughout, the abundant natural light in this end unit softly reflects off the pale blue living room and bedroom walls and the blue accented archway in the kitchen. All of the interior doorways and frames were raised to 7’, elevating the feeling of openness in the plan.
The original living room Murphy bed closet was transformed into a stunning, custom built-in, 9’ by 5’ L-shaped entertainment center (Samsung 55” diagonal TV) and computer workstation powered by a fiber-optic internet feed with gigabit download speeds. Bose speakers are hidden behind cabinet doors, the printer is in the base drawer, and all wiring is out of view, keeping the space uncluttered and pristine. The custom 6’ window seat with drawers underneath and the new gas fireplace with a large 20” deep 66” wide mantel seamlessly complete the living room’s design. Refinished and new hardwood floors throughout the unit, including the kitchen, unify the open plan harmoniously.
Functionality, Quality and Beauty abound in the sleek eat-in galley kitchen. A built-in microwave and separate Sub-Zero freezer and cooler drawer combination flow into the large 21” x 19” sink which is surrounded by elegant composite stone counters. The De’Longhi gas range, stainless steel Faber hood and backsplash, and an undercounter U-Line Echelon Beverage Center balance the right side.
Enter the new bath through a pocket door onto a classic white hexagon tile floor, a new tub with ceiling height blue tile surround, and water-saving Toto dual flush toilet. Don’t miss the 6’ tall built-in vanity cabinet with mirrored door and (surprise) a grounded duplex outlet inside.
In the bedroom retreat are another finely crafted built-in dresser, 7’ 8” long, 25” deep, 36” high and wall mounted TV screen. Above the queen size bed (with reading wall light fixtures on both sides) one of four of the unit’s unique light shades floats on the ceiling. It was crafted by renowned Berkeley artist Sue Johnson.
Even the common area entry, halls and stairways are prized and valued elements of this property. The stair’s woodwork is imported Honduran mahogany crowned by the original wrought iron railings and light fixtures.
Albany, "The Urban Village by the Bay," is one square mile chock full of delicious restaurants, quaint shops, outdoor activities, excellent schools and more! Located across the northern border of Berkeley, the real estate in Albany ranges from highrise, Bay view condos to single family homes less than a mile from the Beach and Bay Trail. Albany’s trifecta of entertainment, education, and access makes it one of the absolute best neighborhoods in the entire Bay Area.
Solano Avenue, steps from 848 Stannage, is one of the Bay Area's most lively streets with all the amenities you need or want. If you’re a San Francisco transplant, you’ll find the same variety and quality of restaurants that you're accustomed to. With a "Walk Score" of 92 and "Bike Score" of 98, Thai, French, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Nepalese, Indian, Mexican, Italian, New American, Vietnamese, Japanese, Pizza, Korean, Tibetan, Seafood, Brunch & Burger restaurants are all within easy access of your front door! "Albany Inside Out," has ensured that Solano stays vibrant by facilitating outdoor dining, including Parklets, for restaurants, cafes and bars.
Albany residents can find it all on Solano Avenue and nearby: local beer at Ocean View Brew Works, treats at Mr. Dewie's, multiple coffee & sandwich shops, live music at the Ivy Room, Pegasus Book Store, Gift & Craft shops such as Umami Interiors and Abrams Claghorn Gallery, banks, cocktails at Hotsy Totsy, Albany Twin movie theatre, supermarkets, and even a bowling alley! El Cerrito Plaza, which boasts a twice weekly Farmer's Market and a Trader Joe's, is blocks away.
Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a full slate of options. Start your morning with a brisk hike through a eucalyptus tree-lined trail on Albany Hill or on the artists' playground, the ever-evolving Albany Bulb, taking in the views of the San Francisco Bay. Run, bike or stroll on the Ohlone Greenway, a multi-use path that connects Berkeley through Albany to Richmond. Ride a separated bike path to the Bay Trail and enjoy incredible City and Marin views while walking, running or biking. Wiggle your toes in the sand at Albany Beach and go for a dip or kiteboard if you'd like! Memorial and Ocean View Parks are nearby as well.
Albany is home to one of the finest school districts in the Bay Area, with all schools within easy walking or biking distance in the one-square mile city.
Albany provides easy access to the rest of the Bay Area and beyond. It's an easy commute to San Francisco via BART or the Transbay Bus. This home is in the perfect location for Cal students and professors - UC Berkeley is less than three miles away and can be easily accessed by bike or AC Transit bus. In addition, you’re along the I-80/580 corridor, making a long weekend in Lake Tahoe or a day trip to Marin County or the Wine Country convenient.
Although there are several entertaining events on the Albany Calendar, the marquee festival is the Solano Avenue Stroll. Held on the 2nd Sunday of September since 1974, this festival features local/regional artisans, fantastic food vendors and live music, all tied into one festival.
Albany FilmFest is an annual juried film festival for Bay Area, national, and global filmmakers. 2021 will be its 10th year, and you won't want to miss it. Go out your front door, make two right turns - a block and a half later, you're there!