This year’s house tour takes us to Berkeley Woods, the bucolic hilltop tract adjoining Tilden Regional Park.
Berkeley Woods was subdivided in 1917 but wasn’t annexed to Berkeley until 1959. Now spanning a full century, its history would have remained practically unexplored were it not for the efforts of the recently deceased Paul Grunland, to whom we dedicate this tour.
The earliest residents in Berkeley Woods were professors and teachers. For several decades beginning in the 1920s, the tract’s claim to fame were the commercial iris and orchid nurseries run by Carl Salbach and John A. Carbone on Woodmont Avenue. In 1930, two large Mediterranean-style villas were constructed by a well-known Presbyterian minister and a famous printer at the top of Marin Avenue.
Over the decades, new arrivals introduced a variety of house styles, which run the gamut from English country manor, Spanish farmhouse, California redwood board-and-batten, and painted colonial cottages, to mid-century modern, 1970s craftsman revival, and contemporary modern.
Spend a Sunday afternoon in May roaming this little-known neighborhood, take in the peaceful atmosphere amidst verdant gardens, and view a selection of unusual houses, many of them associated with fascinating histories, and designed in a panoply of architectural styles.
Tickets: $45 general; $35 BAHA members
Details on the BAHA website: http://berkeleyheritage.com/housetours/2018_spring_house_tour.html