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Exquisite 4-plex located in the Berkeley Hills


The Cannon Residence, built in 1895

One of the reasons we love living and working in Berkeley is the diversity of the homes we encounter.  One such home, 1631 La Vereda in Berkeley, is a perfect example.  This home features history, art, architecture, tranquility, location, and a whole lot of WOW.

Front Porch

Front porch is surrounded by redwood trees, and only steps from multiple pathways leading to UC Berkeley and Cedar St.

The Cannon House, formerly called The Petersen House, was built by George P. Jensen in 1895 for Theodore C. W. Petersen, a local artist known for his friezes, including the interior of California Hall on the UC Berkeley campus. In the early 1900’s, painter Jennie Canon moved to Berkeley and acquired the old Petersen house, which she turned into an at-home art gallery. She survived the Great Depression by subdividing her home into apartments.

In 1999 the building went up for sale and the new owners took it over, restoring it to what it is today.  With an exquisite attention to detail the current owners have remodeled and restored this beautiful four-unit building while preserving its architectural integrity. There are 4 tastefully remodeled units, each with its own special charm. Outside, the terraced garden has been artfully designed to exude privacy, serenity and functionality. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee from the upper patio while listening to the water gently flowing from the fountain or sit in the swing under the large oak tree and listen to the wind rustling the leaves.

Living Room

There is a hidden frieze behind the box beam ceilings, thought to have been painted by Theodore Petersen himself.


Gorgeous chef’s kitchen with garden views.


Stunning high ceilings


Tranquil garden with patio, fountain, and a tree swing hanging from a large oak tree

Oh, and did you catch that there were 4 units?  Imagine being able to offset your mortgage with rental income?  The other 3 units each have their own individual charm.  No unit is the same, but all units exude warmth, charm and character.


  • Unit 1 is the “Owner’s Unit” and features 2 beds and 2 baths, approximately 1664 sqft. No detail was spared: box beam ceilings, chef’s kitchen, radiant heat, french doors to patio, built-in surround sound, designer light fixtures.
  • Unit 2 is the “Garden Studio.” This sweet 200 sqft unit offers garden views, new bamboo floors, new appliances, new butcher block counters, and a remodeled bath.
  • Unit 3 is the “Upstairs Studio.” This sunny, 277 sqft unit looks out into the redwoods and exudes character, grace and simplicity. Open the windows and experience the beauty that surrounds.
  • Unit 4 is the “1 Bedroom Apartment.” This peaceful unit boasts 640 sqft with a charming living room, updated kitchen and bath, and a large bedroom with views of San Francisco Bay.



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