862 Regal Road – Exquisite Berkeley Hills Home

862 Regal Road is a truly unique modern home resulting from two years of extensive and custom renovations and additions.

862 Regal Road was originally built in 1930 in the style of a Spanish Hacienda. It featured thick red tiles, arched doorways & windows, narrow winding staircases and later a swimming pool. While the quality of craftsmanship and materials were superb (the 2×4’s used for framing were actually 2” x 4” – much thicker than today’s lumber), the foundation had started to deteriorate, the rooms were small and subsequent additions had further compartmentalized the home.

In 2013, it was purchased with the intent of converting it into a modern showcase home. Christopher Haas of Haas Architecture (recipient of the 2014 Emerging Architect of the Year award by California Home & Design and former project manager of SF’s MH de Young Museum with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron) was hired to oversee architectural design.

When the plans were approved, Berkeley said it was the largest residential renovation project they had approved in 2013. The house was lifted and a massive mat-slab foundation was formed and poured. The exterior stucco was removed, walls were opened and removed, hallways relocated, floors were leveled – all while salvaging more than half of the original framing. Tons of steel were installed allowing living areas to be open and corner window systems to be installed.

862 Regal was designed to entertain using environmentally friendly and energy saving products. The design maximizes the views which span from Mt. Tamalpais to the Golden Gate Bridge to the iconic San Francisco skyline.

862 Regal is located in Berkeley’s North Cragmont neighborhood named after the various rock outcroppings that originally littered the area. Its neighbor to the west is Cragmont Elementary School which was built in the early 2000’s. It was designed by ELS Architecture and Urban Design and was the recipient of numerous AIA awards. Not only is it aesthetically interesting, but the open fields and playgrounds help preserve the open views.

862 Regal is located 1.7 miles from the charming tree-lined dining on Euclid Avenue and the North Gate entrance to UC Berkeley. North Berkeley BART is 2 miles away and San Francisco is 14 miles away. The AC Transit transbay H line picks up at The Circle at the end of Marin Avenue.006_Courtyard-2 007_Courtyard-3 008_Living Room 009_Living-Dining 011_Living Room-3 019_Deck-3 020_Kitchen 030_Master-3 032_Master-4 036_Master Bath-2 039_Ensuite Bath 049_Wine Cellar-3 050_Wine Cellar-4

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