We focus a lot of attention on the upper echelons of the housing market in California. There’s a very practical reason: properties in the “affordable luxury” category (we prefer to call it “livable luxury”) tend to sell quickly in this current market—often not long enough for us to even finish writing a blog post.  But we couldn’t pass up this newly listed $1,499,000 gem, set high above the clouds in the Berkeley Hills.

Designed by architect Massoud M. Naraghi, AIA, the masterful contemporary spans approximately 2,631 square feet and includes all of the detailing Naraghi is known for: ventilating skylights, rooms and decks that frame views and a subtle and seamless blend of materials—from cherry wood and slate to iron, granite and stainless steel.

There’s a distinctive entry with a classically beveled glass door, two-story ceiling and dramatic staircase, a stunning “Great Room” living area with fireplace and built-in media center,a dazzling chef’s kitchen, viewing decks and a dedicated floor for the “Master Retreat” with its own private deck and fully appointed master bath.

The beautifully landscaped rear yard also offers plenty of opportunity for entertaining on the stone patio, with a fountain for a Zen-like atmosphere. All of these features combine to create a warm and comfortable living environment in this 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath home.

Yet, it’s the commanding and awe-inspiring views of the San Francisco Bay, the Bay Bridge and city skyline—that sent us fully over the edge. Located in one of the East Bay’s most convenient and coveted locations, the residence is set near Kensington, Arlington and Solano Avenues, each known for their charm, quaint shops and restaurants. Additionally, it offers convenient access to Euclid, Tilden Park & Golf Course, picnic areas, trails and the scenic “back way” to Orinda, Lafayette and the great shopping and dining in Walnut Creek.

In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if there were already offers on this dream home already! If you’re interested, we wouldn’t wait—call the listing agent, Linda Van Drent, today before this one gets away.