Gorgeous, View-filled Deco Mediterranean! SOLD! Multiple offers, significantly above asking.

1636 Leroy Ave

Berkeley, CA
2,924 sqft ±
4F 2H Baths
5 Beds
5 Beds
4F 2H Baths
2,924 sqft ±

3D Tour


First time on the market in 55 years, this grand Art Deco Mediterranean style house with stunning 180-degree Campanile and S.F. Bay views, sits proudly on a promontory above Hilgard Ave., a few blocks from the northside of campus. Replete with charming details, the spacious floor plan is as versatile as it is enchanting in an architecturally significant neighborhood that is walking distance to amenities.

Entering the front door to the main level, the framed arches, high ceilings, beamed living room and beautiful refinished oak floors, stretch out to the South and West with views of the Campanile and San Francisco skyline. The expansive living room could easily accommodate (and did) a grand piano. At the end of the living room space, a handsome 1920’s molded concrete fireplace invites gatherers. Period chandeliers and sconces shed a golden light from another era. This space has two sets of elegant original curved French doors, one opens onto a small balcony on the south and a second pair opens onto a larger decorative deck shared with the dining room, allowing for great indoor-outdoor flow. Just to the right of the front door is a powder room, perfect for guests during gatherings.

From the dining room, the circular flow continues as you enter the kitchen pantry next to the main level bedroom and full bathroom - originally designed in the 20’s as maid or cook’s quarters. The kitchen was redesigned in the 70’s and has some interesting details, including a built-in marble slab for baking, and bright red tiles with original blue Formica counters reminiscent of a Mondrian.

Up the elegant staircase, you pass a small arched door on the first landing used for storage or playful nooks. The upstairs has 4+ bedrooms and 3 bathrooms all with beautiful views. A large basement laundry room could double as an office space and opens out to the North side of the house with another half bath and wine cellar that continues downstairs below-grade. The enclosed portion of the garden is framed by a majestic Oak and Persimmon trees to the South and North. Additional basement and yard storage is under this portion of the house, with original radiant heat throughout.

The most recent owners, Robert and Susan Tripp were both accomplished University of California Berkeley professors who enjoyed cooking and winemaking, and created a “LeRoy” label for wine made at the house. Only the third owners, the original house, designed in 1908 by Walter Ratcliff and Alfred Henry Jacobs was destroyed in the 1923 Berkeley fire and redesigned by Alfred Jacobs in 1925. The first owners were also connected to the University. The celebrated law professor Alexander Kidd was nicknamed “Captain Kidd” for his high-handed classroom demeanor. One of his students, Frances Wilson, made the grade and then some, becoming his wife as well as an accomplished attorney in her own right. She was the only female deputy district attorney of Alameda County at that time. Dr. Campagna- Pinto, the second owner, sold the house to the Tripp family in 1966.

The house has had some upgrades over the years, including a massive retaining wall, but needs additional work to reach its tremendous potential. This is a rare opportunity to bring a special piece of the past to future generations.

Floor Plan




MLS Operated lockbox at house. Offers due November 16th at Noon.

About The Agents

Daniella Brower



I come from a family of builders, architects, engineers, and artists. My earliest memories involve color-sorting electrical wires and arranging tiles soon to be set in mortar. I’ve always been affected by spaces: their flow, light, smell, sound, design, and transformative powers. In spaces, I see and hear stories filled with how lives are lived. The storytelling business is my other love and a mainstay throughout my professional life. Working in documentary filmmaking for decades, has been one of the ways I’ve combined a passion for social justice and art. After building our house from the ground up and selling, then buying a beautiful decaying Spanish-style centurion and re-building again, the combination of my interests in architecture and personal narratives, led me to a career in real estate. I have the privilege of joining my mother, Norah Brower, whose 24 years of dedication, integrity and sterling advocacy for both sellers and buyers in the competitive Bay Area market has always been an inspiration. I believe houses can be vessels for our dreams and reflections and know firsthand both the promises and challenges of creating a space to call your own. I hope you will trust me to guide you through the challenging but ultimately rewarding process of buying or selling a home.

Norah Brower



Since becoming a realtor in 1995, Norah has consistently been among the leaders in the Berkeley market, where she has resided for some three decades. Specializing in residential properties in Berkeley, Oakland and adjoining communities, she is respected and trusted amongst her colleagues. Together with an accomplished team of real estate assistants, professional stagers, photographers and marketers, she is directly involved in each transaction, from start to close. Her personalized marketing plans blend print with online advertising, including custom property websites, social media and virtual tours. With extraordinary attention to detail, Norah is skillful in strategically showcasing each home to create an optimal presentation. In order to provide each client with the excellent service they deserve, she is selective about the number of engagements she will assume at any one time and her professionalism, integrity and discretion earn clients’ trust. Norah is well known for her knowledge and expertise in marketing a diversity of architectural styles. She has represented many buyers and sellers of homes designed by some of Berkeley’s most notable architects of the 20th century, including Bernard Maybeck, Walter Ratcliff, John Hudson Thomas, Edwin Snyder and Gerald McCue. As a CRS designee (Council of Residential Specialists) Norah is part of a group who rank among the top 4% of all Realtors in the United States. She is also a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) with the tools and insight to be able to counsel seniors on real estate issues that impact them. With a heightened awareness of the impact we each have on the environment, more of us are striving to reduce our carbon footprint by limiting our waste of natural resources. Norah has obtained her GREEN Designation by completing a comprehensive course offered by the National Association of Realtors which has given her the necessary knowledge and tools to become a trusted green resource. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Norah completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and her graduate degree at San Francisco State University. After initially teaching hearing impaired students, she started her own company, producing award winning silk fabrics for the interiors industry. Some of her designs were chosen for the permanent collection of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Her background in education, design and business, combined with her communication skills, creativity and enthusiasm have contributed to her success. Norah is skillful at understanding her clients’ needs, and translating them to her extensive knowledge of the market. Above and beyond her guidance in buying or selling houses, Norah’s involvement in her community includes a leading role in the Council on Architecture of the Oakland Museum of California, an organization that promotes a better understanding of architecture through shows, lectures and tours. Her fondness for animals keeps her active in local animal organizations. She cares deeply about the community and environment in which she lives and where she raised her child and actively contributes to many local charities. The area Norah serves includes Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Kensington, Oakland, Piedmont, Richmond, Orinda and Lafayette. Please feel free to contact Norah on her cell phone (510) 703-6934 or at [email protected]