We saw the Lueders house at 1330 Albina Avenue in Berkeley’s Northbrae Neighborhood. It is literally jaw-dropping.
We’ve seen the outside of the home on numerous Berkeley architectural walking tour … it’s now for sale for $2,500,000. The sellers are represented by Bebe McRae of the Grubb Company, who describes it as a “Historic Treasure” I told Bebe that this home was “jaw-dropping” and she was delighted when I told her I wanted to tell everyone about it.
Lucy, our late beloved calico cat developed our LTC (Lucy The Cat) home rating system … where each home receives a 1, 2, 3 or 4 paws. Special homes receive the dread hair-ball rating.
2,493 homes have received an LTC ranking over the past 4 years.
This is the first home we’ve seen which deserves to be ranked “jaw-dropping” (though I’m not sure how to put it in terms Lucy would use … best of show? #1 in 2,500?)
It’s simply astonishing.
Diane Mintz, recipient of the National Association of Realtors “Good Neighbor” award, told me that she heard about my description of 1330 Albina as “jaw-dropping” and felt the same way.. Diane said it would be wonderful if an institution or historical organization purchased it so it would be available for all of us to admire and use.
The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) berkeleyheritage.com) is hosting a champagne reception for members on Tuesday 27 Sep 2011 from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.
The BAHA web site says:”The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) is Berkeley’s non-profit preservation organization whose mission is to promote, through education, an understanding and appreciation for Berkeley’s history, and to encourage the preservation of its historic buildings.”
You can view this remarkable home at the Sunday Open House, but I think the BAHA reception will be an even more special opportunity … and one more reason I encourage everyone to become a Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association member.
BAHA has dedicated a web page to Peralta Park in Berkeley’s Northbrae/Westbrae Neighborhoods, with photos the history of the remarkable Lueders home, described as “one of the finest Victorians in the East Bay”
The BAHA website said it was “Built by Ira Boynton in 1889”
Ira (no relation) Serkes