Iconic Design Mid-Century with Sweeping Bay Views

3 Beds      2 Baths     

216 Lake Dr. Kensington CA 94708

Tucked near the Berkeley Hills in the exclusive unincorporated community of Kensington, this iconic mid-century modern home showcases sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay from the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, the entire cityscape, the Bay Bridge and more.

Located on a quiet cul de sac at 216 Lake Dr., the single-story home sits on more than a quarter acre and features a classic linear design, large expanses of glass walls, exposed ceiling beams on tongue and groove ceilings, restored original hardwood floors, built-in cabinetry, and overhanging eaves. The living and entertaining space effortlessly extend out onto the level yard, an enticing and premiere venue with million dollar views.

There are three bedrooms and two updated bathrooms. The updated master bathroom has classic subway and hexagon tile, and a stylish trough sink on a floating vanity. The views and from the master bedroom are breathtaking and a daily reminder of the beauty of the Bay Area. Private access to a covered patio offers a quiet venue for morning coffee or evening cocktail. Two additional bedrooms share a recently refreshed bathroom.

A spacious eat-in kitchen has a side entry and views of the freshly landscaped front gardens, lush lawn and Tilden Nature Area in the distance. Exposed beams run through the spacious living room. A brick fireplace is flanked by built-in cabinetry and bookshelves. Natural light pours through the large, floor-to-ceiling panes of glass and French door that opens onto the expansive backyard patio. The dining area features a classic built-in buffet for glassware and china, and silverware drawers.

The backyard gardens features lush foliage and lawn, additional garden area, meandering pathways and lots of room to entertain with the view as the stunning backdrop.

Additional features include a detached workshop that would make ideal home office or art studio, an oversized laundry/mudroom with built-in workstation and cabinetry, covered patio off the hallway and kitchen, two-car carport, and fresh interior and exterior paint.

Lake Drive is less than a half-mile to Kensington Elementary School, and within a mile and a half of Portola Junior High School and El Cerrito Senior High School. The home is also about four miles to the University of California at Berkeley campus.

Its ideal location is private and exclusive within the charming community of Kensington, close to the weekly Farmers’ Market in town, and a variety of outdoor activities in the nearby Tilden Regional Park, an East Bay treasure filled with hiking and biking trails, the Botanic Gardens, Lake Anza, a steam train and historic carousel. The 10.6-acre Blake Garden, built by UC professors from the College of Environmental Design, students and garden staff, and local shopping are also nearby.


Mid-century modern retreat with Bay views in beautiful Kensington.

  • Recently renovated and refreshed
  • New roof and guters
  • New exterior and interior paint throughout
  • New and refinished flooring throughout
  • Updated master bathroom
  • Updated kitchen with new stainless steel chef's oven/range, new deep basin sink, and new dishwasher
  • Great storage space in the large laundry room
  • Separate bonus studio that can be used as an office, art studio, yoga studio and more!
  • Freshly landscaped front gardens with lush lawn
  • Level backyard that features lush foliage and lawn
  • Steps away to the park and trail entrance at the end of Lake Dr.
  • Sweeping Bay views!!

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