2401 Piedmont, Berkeley

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Today we have an interesting opportunity to share for someone who either has a very large family or who always wanted to run their own boarding house a la “Faulty Towers.” The Tau House is currently a private residence hall located on Berkeley’s fraternity row. Designed in 1959 by Robert Ratcliff, second generation of the Ratcliff architectural dynasty, the Tau House has many of the features that we find in his more modest residential projects of the period. There is the large mass of masonry at the base with vertical siding and windows rising out of it to a wide overhanging roof. Inside, we find his trademark pale wood paneling and ample glazing. Overall it is a great example of Ratcliff’s easily recognizable mid-century style, and how can you go wrong with the only Greene and Greene house in Northern California a block away and keggers every weekend down the street.

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Edificionado is an Oakland-based real estate brokerage specializing in architecturally and historically significant homes. BRE 01883790
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