Video Tour


Welcome to 865 Contra Costa, this John Hudson Thomas design circa 1917, is a well- appointed grand home located just a short jaunt from the many restaurants, shopping, and grocery stores that Solano Avenue has to offer. This beauty is a 4 bedroom* house with multiple bonus rooms. This home has a lovely living room and sitting area that has a beautiful view of the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. The kitchen has room for a breakfast nook, and a sweet decorative fireplace. An elegant dining room with built-ins and French doors that open to a courtyard that is loaded with mature plantings, and guarded by the embrace of mature wisteria that adorns the entry way. There are two large- sized bedrooms on the main floor just past the dining room. The stairs to the second floor lead to a second bathroom, and a third bedroom. The main or fourth bedroom has the potential to be used several ways. As a main suite, it would have a large sitting room, ample closet, a generously- sized bedroom, and a separate room that might possibly be developed into a third bathroom** in the suite.

The outdoor space is designed for maximum enjoyment. The front yard has a deck above the garage to relax and enjoy the sun and bountiful succulents abound. The path leading to the entrance is shaded and opens to an inviting brick courtyard. The backyard has a combination of filtered and direct sunlight. This is truly a special house with loads of yesteryear charm!  

*Advertised bedroom count differs from the public records, which shows 5 bedrooms. **Buyer to investigate with the city. Neither seller nor listing agent has verified the accuracy of any of these sources of information.


Perched above the city and offering the best  panoramic views in the entire Bay Area, North Berkeley Hills is an incredibly peaceful residential neighborhood, yet not far from the hustle and bustle of the city’s more urban areas. Homes in the neighborhood are built in a variety of styles and feature spacious patio decks, manicured lawns and lushly landscaped gardens. 

Depending on where you live, North Berkeley Hills residents can enjoy views of the San Francisco and Oakland skylines, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and Mount Tamalpais. For even more great views plus a variety of great outdoor activities, residents can take a short trip to nearby Tilden Regional Park. Park amenities vary between free and paid activities. Free activities available at TIlden Park include a beautiful botanical garden, the Little Farm, and nearly 40 miles of scenic hiking trails. For a small fee, the public can also swim at Lake Anza, take a spin on the Merry-Go-Round, or enjoy a round of golf at Tilden Park Golf Course.

Some residents in the southern part of North Berkeley Hills are within walking distance of the thriving retail district on Solano Avenue. Featuring a wide variety of stores, shops, and plenty of great restaurants, including:
Safeway Community Markets: Located at the southwest corner of Solano and Fresno Avenues, this is a great place to check off everything on your grocery list.
Noor & Sons Rug Gallery: Find handcrafted Oriental Rugs for your home, as well as rug cleaning and repair services.
Peet’s Coffee: It all started in Berkeley, and this location is ideal for your morning cup of coffee before you begin your commute.
Additionally, foodies who love a variety of cuisines are just a short walk or drive away from the infamous Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood.

Despite its elevated location, North Berkeley Hills is extremely transit-friendly. The Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District bus lines that serve the neighborhood drop residents at the Downtown Berkeley BART station for a quick commute to downtown San Francisco. Berkeley Hills residents who live near the western section of the neighborhood are less than one mile away from the heart of UC Berkeley, making it a great area for faculty and administrators to live.


Open Houses:

Saturday March 19th 2-4pm

Sunday March 20th 2-4pm

Brokers Tour:
Thursday March 17th 9:30-12:30

Additional Showings by Appointment:
Contact Charlie Cook

[email protected]


Charlie Cook

Realtor®Red Oak RealtyDRE# 01253342510-866-5956

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.