Panoramic Hill

Panoramic Hill

3 Architecturally significant homes on one lot

Located in Berkeley

The chance to own a piece of history doesn’t come around often. And if you have even the slightest interest in architecture or outrageous views, the Ferguson-Steilberg family compound will blow your mind. Walter Steilberg, a contemporary of Julia Morgan and frequently her engineer, chose to plant roots on Panoramic Hill (now a historic district) in Berkeley and created three distinctive and significant homes on one lot. All three sit amongst giant redwoods, mature gardens, outdoor entertaining areas, and a massive 1910 Beaux-Arts staircase leading to hiking trails. And in a matter of minutes, downtown Berkeley is at your beck and call: unique shopping, multiple sporting venues, and a bevy of gourmet markets and restaurants.

The mansion on Orchard Lane is unbelievable. The octagonal tower that forms the heart of the house as both dining room on the main level and entertaining nest above is the coolest structure in Berkeley. Walls of glass and “Steilberg Green” chinoiserie details afford views to the Bay, campus, San Francisco, and Marin beyond. The rest of the sprawling three-story 1922 home features grand redwood staircases and floors, seven expansive bedrooms, box-beam ceilings, fireplaces, and Philippine mahogany paneling. The large kitchen, with butler’s pantry, of course, has an O’Keefe & Merritt stove, an original dishwasher that looks like a space pod, and period decorative linoleum in perfect condition.

The 1930 “Fabricete” (invented by Steilberg) two-bedroom bungalow on Mosswood Lane is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Thick concrete walls reminiscent of adobe, amber glass mosaic details, leaded glass windows, built-in concrete table and benches, enormous fireplace—it feels sort of like Frank Lloyd Wright met the Flintstones. But then you spy the tiny curved concrete staircase to the side of the front door, realize it goes up to a roof terrace, and it’s all over: You are king of the Bay.

And finally, the little-shingled cottage built in 1921 on Panoramic Way. Straight out of a fairytale, the wood-beamed ceiling, working fireplace, French doors, and bay window with seat create a nook as cozy as can be. The single bedroom has windows on all sides in addition to floor to ceiling carriage doors that open to a brick porch and garden. This place is magical.

 

  • 1 Orchard Lane: 7 bedrooms, 6 baths, expansive Bay views, outdoor playhouse (built in the ‘20s), 1-car garage
  • 4 Mosswood Lane: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, freshly painted, amazing city and Bay views
  • 1 Panoramic Way: 1 bedroom, 1 bath, working fireplace
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Status: Off Market
List: $3,000,000

Panoramic Hill

3 Architecturally significant homes on one lot

Located in Berkeley

The chance to own a piece of history doesn’t come around often. And if you have even the slightest interest in architecture or outrageous views, the Ferguson-Steilberg family compound will blow your mind. Walter Steilberg, a contemporary of Julia Morgan and frequently her engineer, chose to plant roots on Panoramic Hill (now a historic district) in Berkeley and created three distinctive and significant homes on one lot. All three sit amongst giant redwoods, mature gardens, outdoor entertaining areas, and a massive 1910 Beaux-Arts staircase leading to hiking trails. And in a matter of minutes, downtown Berkeley is at your beck and call: unique shopping, multiple sporting venues, and a bevy of gourmet markets and restaurants.

The mansion on Orchard Lane is unbelievable. The octagonal tower that forms the heart of the house as both dining room on the main level and entertaining nest above is the coolest structure in Berkeley. Walls of glass and “Steilberg Green” chinoiserie details afford views to the Bay, campus, San Francisco, and Marin beyond. The rest of the sprawling three-story 1922 home features grand redwood staircases and floors, seven expansive bedrooms, box-beam ceilings, fireplaces, and Philippine mahogany paneling. The large kitchen, with butler’s pantry, of course, has an O’Keefe & Merritt stove, an original dishwasher that looks like a space pod, and period decorative linoleum in perfect condition.

The 1930 “Fabricete” (invented by Steilberg) two-bedroom bungalow on Mosswood Lane is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Thick concrete walls reminiscent of adobe, amber glass mosaic details, leaded glass windows, built-in concrete table and benches, enormous fireplace—it feels sort of like Frank Lloyd Wright met the Flintstones. But then you spy the tiny curved concrete staircase to the side of the front door, realize it goes up to a roof terrace, and it’s all over: You are king of the Bay.

And finally, the little-shingled cottage built in 1921 on Panoramic Way. Straight out of a fairytale, the wood-beamed ceiling, working fireplace, French doors, and bay window with seat create a nook as cozy as can be. The single bedroom has windows on all sides in addition to floor to ceiling carriage doors that open to a brick porch and garden. This place is magical.

 

  • 1 Orchard Lane: 7 bedrooms, 6 baths, expansive Bay views, outdoor playhouse (built in the ‘20s), 1-car garage
  • 4 Mosswood Lane: 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, freshly painted, amazing city and Bay views
  • 1 Panoramic Way: 1 bedroom, 1 bath, working fireplace
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