After renting the property for a few years and recognizing its need for improvement, the current sellers purchased 273 Amherst and began transforming this vintage 1941 residence into a unique work of comfort and elegance. The brainchild of a software developer and an artist, the four bedroom, two and one-half bath home boasts substantial upgrades including a mat foundation, locally quarried volcanic columns and extravagant wiring to meet current and technologic needs and a tranquil Kensington location just one block from Berkeley.

The entry level welcomes you into the home with a living room, eat-in kitchen/dining room with French doors to the backyard, office nook and two bedrooms. Below, the downstairs level is ready for entertaining with a soundproof music room. Custom built with storage in mind, the downstairs also holds large storage rooms and a garage with 16 full-height lockable storage cabinets. Upstairs, a master bedroom awaits with a massive bathroom and full dressing room, as well as a second bedroom and office with a built-in custom desk.

Motivated in large part by environmental allergies and their desire to build consciously and in an ecologically sustainable manner, the owners thoughtfully chose materials such as solid woods, low VOC paint, solar hot water heating and solar panels producing photovoltaic electricity, Marmoleum floors and dual-paned windows. Well ventilated to allow fresh air in, the home’s secondary house ventilation includes a whole-house circulation system, a motion activated fan that extracts exhaust when a vehicle enters or exits the garage, and state-of-the-art anti-mold attic and basement construction.

Also carefully considered were precious details such as inlaid leaves made of Indian slate for the front hardscape and door entry, custom stained glass and copper accent baseboards. Living in the space and studying the natural light as tenants, the placement of each window was selected to enhance each setting. The beautiful indoor-outdoor flow was created with the precision planning of the French doors to the private backyard.

Add incredible custom landscaping, built-in grill, jacuzzi, and the setting is complete – insulated from urban bustle, yet close to everything – and all for $1,595,000.