A Redwood-Clad Craftsman With Japanese Influences Asks $1.35M in Berkeley, CA

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Reconstructed by Kip Mesirow, the renowned local builder behind Berkeley’s famed Chez Panisse restaurant, the 1,736-square-foot residence features handmade copper light fixtures and a natural, stained-wood palette.

Reconstructed by Kip Mesirow, the renowned local builder behind Berkeley’s famed Chez Panisse restaurant, the 1,736-square-foot residence features handmade copper light fixtures and a natural, stained-wood palette.

Perhaps it’s only fitting that as the legendary Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California, celebrates its 50th anniversary, the former home of the establishment’s celebrated designer and builder is newly available on the market. 

The same copper hanging lights that Kip Mesirow created for Chez Panisse hang here, from exposed wood ceilings.

Local builder and woodworker Kip Mesirow transformed the modest Craftsman at 1115 High Court in Berkeley, California, in the early 1970s. The signature copper light fixtures that Kip created for the renowned Chez Panisse restaurant hang from the exposed wood ceilings in his former home.

Photo: Christian Klugmann

In the early 1970s, Chez Panisse owner Alice Waters called upon local builder and woodworker Kip Mesirow to help construct the pioneering farm-to-table restaurant in a converted Craftsman on Berkeley’s Shattuck Avenue. As part of  Water’s specifications, Kip designed and fabricated elegant copper lights that delighted Waters and diners so much that he eventually founded a company, Verdigris Copperworks, to produce them.

It was during this same time that Kip and his wife, Mary, bought a modest one bedroom at 1115 High Court in the nearby Berkeley Hills neighborhood. Kip then transformed and expanded the Arts and Crafts residence into a wood-festooned dwelling with three bedrooms across two levels.

The front of the house features a continuous bank of operable windows in the living room.

The front of the house features a continuous bank of glass windows that line the living room.

Photo: Christian Klugmann

The kitchen cabinetry continues the simple natural-wood palette, while enjoying a view of the back garden.

The natural-wood palette continues into the kitchen, where a large picture window overlooks the back garden.

Photo: Christian Klugmann

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