The pandemic has continued to motivate people to rethink their real estate moves this year. Demand in the East Bay remains high for single-family homes, especially — which is why we wanted to take a closer look. If we set a budget of $2 million (more or less), how much home could we buy right now?  Whether it’s a historic charmer in a walkable location, a stunning view home in the hills, or a slick new contemporary with all of the modern must-haves, these three homes present the space and comfort that so many of us are seeking right now.

1842 Channing Way| Berkeley, CA 94703 | $1,650,000
This spectacular Edwardian has been beautifully upgraded while maintaining its historic character and offering a tropical garden oasis, hot tub, Buddha fountain, and redwood deck. Tucked away on a tranquil tree-lined street in one of Central Berkeley’s most coveted locations, this approximate 2,164 square-foot home features four bedrooms and three baths, with a dynamic second level that has an additional south-facing sun deck with expansive views. Upon entry, you’ll immediately notice numerous period details, including high ceilings, crown molding, and hardwood floors. Lovely light abounds throughout the day with large windows and views of the garden. The kitchen provides the perfect place for entertaining with easy indoor/outdoor flow and a convenient side deck for the BBQ. Energy-efficient updates include gas burning fireplace inserts for both fireplaces, rooftop solar panels, and an EV charger. This residence is located in a wonderful neighborhood, with easy access to Berkeley Bowl, BART, Becky Tempo Tot Park, the Freight & Salvage, the Berkeley Rep, fabulous restaurants, shopping, the Farmer’s Market plus top-rated private and public schools.

2110 Arrowhead Dr | Oakland, CA 94611 | $1,450,000

Nestled in the hills above Montclair Village, this dynamic home is a masterful mix of comfort and style with approximately 3,178 square feet of living space. Beautiful hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, walls of windows, sunlit spaces, and tranquil wooded views define the interiors. The main level features a chef’s kitchen with stainless appliances, a large island, and overlooks the spacious family room – perfect for quiet nights in front of the fire and entertaining alike. The paved patio off the family room is an idyllic spot to work, read, enjoy your morning beverage or happy hour cocktail. Hosting formal or informal gatherings will be a breeze with the addition of a formal dining area and a sophisticated secondary living room. Upstairs, there are four bedrooms including a primary retreat with a fireplace and a remodeled spa-like bath – plus, full hall bath, and laundry room. The future owner will enjoy the beauty of nature while at home and appreciate the proximity to Regional Parks, hiking trails, Montclair Village, Highways 13 and 24, public transport, and more.

6874 Buckingham Blvd | Berkeley, CA 94705 | $1,929,000

This rare and brand-new construction home, designed by J.M. Newton, impresses with over 3,000 square feet of contemporary living spaces. A flowing floorplan reveals expansive living and dining areas, plus a gourmet kitchen with all the amenities any top chef demands, complete with custom modern cabinets, stainless steel appliances, a professional 36-inch range, separate walk-in pantry, hand-selected marble countertops, designer plumbing, and lighting fixtures. There are five generously sized bedrooms, including a too-die-for main suite with its large bath and separate walk-in closets featuring hand-selected marble slabs, custom glass enclosures, hand mitered vanities, and custom back-lit vanity lighting for the best in warm light. A separate office also makes it so that you will never need more space while working from home. High-end quality construction and custom design are the enduring hallmarks of this recent Newton rendition.