959 Spruce, Berkeley

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The period between Thansgiving and the New Year is always a slow time for real estate as the hours of daylight are few and buyers and sellers alike find themselves distracted by numerous more pressing matters. Even so, there are always a few interesting places that trickle out and often there is opportunity inherent in the reduced competition typical at this time.

The home that has caught our eye today is an impressive Spanish colonial revival with a picturesque corner balcony. It was designed by a lesser known local architect by the name of John Frederick Altermatt. Altermatt was born in Minnesota, but he made his way west as a young man, first to Oregon and eventually to Berkeley. There he would set up shop and raise his family. Altermatt’s son Rayce would end up becoming a contractor so there is a good chance that this particular home was both designed and built by members of the Altermatt clan.

The house itself is a particularly ornate and lavish example of period revival design. It is full of unusual flourishes like carved beams, oversized stained glass windows, stencils, and custom notched doors – an especially showy offering by a virtually unknown local talent.

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