Set like a jewel on a cloistered corner at the Berkeley/Oakland border, this exquisite Mediterranean residence was featured on the 2019 Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association Spring House Tour. Designed by the architectural partnership of Morrow and Garren, it was built in 1922 for William and Ethel Powell. BAHA editor Daniella Thompson writes that the Powell House "presents a romantic vision based on fantasy Hispanic themes," from "the scrolled roof parapet and the charming French doors opening onto a dainty curved balcony overhanging the portico" to the art tiles, mosaic stone patios, graceful ironwork and three musical fountains that enhance its lush landscape. Extensively renovated and lovingly maintained, the Powell House offers refined modern living, easy indoor/outdoor flow, and enchanting architecture in convenient, coveted Claremont Court. 


  • Elegant entry hall, powder room, staircase
  • Gracious living room with handsome stone fireplace, casement windows on three sides
  • Large formal dining room with French doors to south terrace
  • Family room with vaulted ceiling, gas fireplace, and fine custom cabinetry open to the breakfast room and kitchen
  • Large updated kitchen with desk area, pantry, half bath, door to garden patios 
  • Big, bright breakfast room open to the family room and rear patios


  • Sumptuous master suite with gas fireplace, lovely casement windows on three sides
  • Luxurious, marble master bathroom with separate shower and tub and Juliet balcony
  • Charming nursery/bedroom off master
  • Two more generous bedrooms
  • Bright hall bathroom
  • Fifth bedroom/bath suite, finished as an office and accessed by a  leafy side balcony
  • Laundry room with Corian counters


  • Lush front garden and walkway secluded in flowering shrubs and brilliant Japanese maples 
  • Rear, walled patios with mosaic stonework, musical fountains, delightful playhouse, rose-covered arbors and flowering vines
  • Raised beds and garden shed for the home farmer
  • Sweeping oval lawn, fountain, trees and gardens off the south living and dining room terrace


  • Elegant custom lighting throughout
  • Surround sound system serving the family, living and dining rooms
  • Phantom screens on select doors and windows
  • Remote-controlled blackout shades in the master bedroom
  • Extensive garden lighting and irrigation systems
  • Carbon water filter system; electro-magnetic field mitigation
  • Denim insulation; asbestos abated
  • Updated electrical service and wiring; copper plumbing
  • Security cameras at front door and garage; alarm system
  • Earthquake retrofit 1995 and 2009
  • Sewer Lateral Certificate 2017-2037
  • House 3,758 square feet per public record
  • Lot 11,125 square feet per public record

Host receptions and dinners in the formal rooms and gardens or curl up by the family room fireplace and TV. Enjoy cooking with company in the big, open breakfast room or relax on a patio with your coffee or tea. Play house in the playhouse or croquet on the lawn; dig in the veggie beds or tend the roses and flowering vines. Retreat to the sumptuous master suite or secluded home office. Or stroll to the all nearby pleasures of this fine, historic neighborhood – Peet’s Coffee, Fournee, Rick and Ann’s, Star Grocery, the Claremont Club and Spa – and enjoy easy access to the freeways, BART, Elmwood, Rockridge, and Cal.   






In 1905 the transformation from grand Victorian estates and farms to the residential Claremont Court neighborhood was created from the country estates of Judge Garber and James Palache.The nearby Claremont Hotel broke ground the following year. The wide and beautiful Claremont Boulevard defined the Court as it ran from the magnificent brick columns towards the University of California. In 1916 an additional part of the Garber estate became today’s Tanglewood Road. Curving Tanglewood Road follows the contours of the Garbers’ driveway that led off Claremont Avenue. People have been long enticed to live in this elegant community of architecturally designed homes and beautifully landscaped gardens.

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