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2900 Derby St

Berkeley, CA 94705


  • Detached
  • Sold
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 2,431 SqFt
  • MLS# 40708563

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Brown shingle homes have come to define the architectural landscape in Berkeley. Those homes designed by California’s first female Architect, Julia Morgan, have an additional allure that is presented perfectly at 2900 Derby Street. Designed in 1904, this home showcases traditional craftsman elements that include warm wood paneling, and a grand scale living room with Inglenook fireplace.

Many original details remain in this four bedroom and three bath home. The hardwood floors with mahogany inlay have been recently refinished. Embellished brass door knobs and hardware still function beautifully. Distinctive early 20th century glass panes bring warm light on the rich interior.

Additionally, the expanded, bright, eat-in kitchen is surrounded by windows and French doors that open to a private level yard. Roses and vines frame the lovely garden. The long driveway behind an automatic gate allows for generous off street parking in addition to a one-car garage. Tax record states 2,431 square feet of living space situated on a sizable 5,000 square foot lot.

Julia Morgan left a legacy of more than 700 buildings, many of which are now designated landmarks. Rarely is a home of this distinction offered for sale. 2900 Derby Street is a profound opportunity to own a piece of history in the Claremont Court/Elmwood District of Berkeley.



  • Designed by Julia Morgan in 1904
  • 4 bedrooms | 3 full bathrooms
  • 2,431 SqFt of living space (per tax record)
  • 5,000 SqFt lot (per tax record)
  • Automated gate driveway for multiple car parking
  • 1 car garage 
  • Level rear yard with mature plantings, raised beds + roses
  • Rare offering in Claremont Court Neighborhood
  • Close to Elmwood Shopping District



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Once an 1880’s well-traveled stage coach route, by the early 1900s, Claremont Canyon, as it was known then, grew to become an integral part of Berkeley’s Key — or streetcar — system.

It was at this time that real estate developers, knowing a prime location when they saw it, decided to build the Claremont Hotel and Resort, a grand and majestic hotel that was a getaway for the well-heeled San Franciscan.

About the same time, the 1906 earthquake — and the fire that followed — destroyed much of San Francisco. And with that, Berkeley became more than a quiet university town as many City dwellers sought new stomping grounds here. Over time, the lush hillsides of Claremont Canyon turned into grand home sites that featured architecturally varied homes on lots that were generally larger than others found in the area.

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The lush and beautiful hillsides of Claremont Canyon became grand home sites for business people from the City, each architecturally different from the next.

Why Claremont?

A neighborhood boasting grand homes nestled along the hillsides (often with small paths leading down to Claremont Avenue and the Claremont Hotel), Claremont offers residents the away-from-it-all appeal of quiet sophistication and exclusivity while being just moments from everything they need.

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