280 Panoramic Way, Berkeley 94707
Offered at: $2,950,000 – Sale Pending
Contact Faye at 510-220-6373
While secluded and private, this home offers easy access to hiking trails, a few minutes down the hill to BART and the Transbay Express bus (Neighborhood Lines), freeway access, pool, and tennis clubs, and fine restaurants.
“Panoramic Hill has been called “Berkeley’s Most Romantic Neighborhood” by the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA).” –
Panoramic Hill is home to a series of maintained walking paths and staircases that lead, on and off the road, halfway up the hill where they intersect a series of fire trails that lead into the hills.
Each set of steps is treated as its own walking byway and is therefore named and well marked. Signs are also placed around the hill indicating the direction of the closest set of ‘steps off the hill’ for visitors who become lost among the trees, architecture, and windy roads.
The lower steps are called Orchard Lane, and split at Panoramic Way (the vehicle road) and Mosswood Path a pedestrian pathway covered by antique red woods. Arden Steps are the penultimate set of steps in the series and are severely steep. Arden Steps and Arden Path meet at the cul-de-sac of Arden Road where Arden Path finishes the series with a sloping path and a final series up two dozen wooden steps.
A plaque at the entrance to the Orchard Lane and thus the bottom of the hill is inscribed:
“One of Berkeley’s romantic treasures, Orchard Lane is the formal pedestrian entrance to the Panoramic Hill residential neighborhood. The walk and Classical staircase, complete with pillars, balustrades, concrete benches, and an overhanging bower of trees, was built by Warren Cheney, who developed Panormaic Hill. In 1904 Cheney,… in 1909 he commissioned Henry Atkins to design the stairway that still links residences with the University and town and other walkways that climb the hill.” — Berkeley Historical Plaque Project 1998