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The Most Notable Berkeley Craftsman of this Area
1115 High Court, Berkeley, California, Alameda County, 94708

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1,736 Sq Ft.
.1 Acres
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About 1115 High Court

Berkeley’s most notable craftsman of this era with a pedigree all its own. Previously owned and rebuilt by local legend, Kip Mesirow, artisan builder of Berkeley’s most famous world-renowned restaurant, Chez Panisse. 1115 High Court is an architectural extension of Chez Panisse but its own creation of beauty-saturated with an ambiance of rich redwood, texture, copper lighting artistry throughout where Kip Mesirow created the signature copper lighting for Chez Panisse…

Located in North Berkeley on a quaint cul-de-sac close to Berkeley Rose Garden, Codornices Park, Live Oak Park, “Gourmet Ghetto” and of course Chez Panisse restaurant.

This beautiful arts and crafts home is reminiscent of Bernard Maybeck's eclectic style but very much its own Chez Panisse Pedigree. The rich redwood interiors and exteriors, handcrafted details, textured assortment of woods, walls of wood windows, wood French doors, artistic copper light fixtures with Japanese influence give this home an elevated ambiance and a notoriety in our local folklore of architectural gems. The stunning redwood front door carries the same signature design found in many of Kip Mesirow's copper lighting fixtures. The kitchen, dining area, and living room all share the same vaulted ceiling, an open floorplan, wall of windows, a fireplace, and two large signature copper light fixtures, cozy yet expansive harmonizing with nature inviting the outside in. In the back of the home, a large family room with rows of copper lights, previously Kip Mesirow’s workshop, a fireplace framed with copper and a wall of wood French doors opening to the back patio area where wisteria drips down from the balcony above. This beautifully landscaped garden/patio with planters for the urban farmer is very much in the tradition of Alice Waters, from farm to table. The back garden patio is accessible from French doors off both the dining area and the family room creating the effortless flow inside/outside living -incorporating the elements of nature and perfect for entertaining. The primary bedroom above the family room also has a fireplace with Earnest Batchelder’s tiles framing it creating a warm and cozy retreat, a wall of wood French doors opening out onto artistically crafted wood balcony with views of the city and wisteria cascading to the patio below – dreamy romance fills the air…

This home embodies a wonderful folklore of our era and brings home literally the most famous restaurant in Berkeley, world renowned Chez Panisse perfect timing for Chez Panisse 50th year anniversary! Come experience it yourself and feast on a one of the kind Berkeley Gem.

Fun History/Folklore: When Mary and Kip Mesirow purchased this home in the early 1970’s it was a one bedroom/one bath – they let a newly married couple live there for the first year since they had no home of their own. Kip Mesirow rebuilt the home and had a workshop in the back room where he created the signature copper lighting that Alice Waters wanted made for her restaurant Chez Panisse. Alice Waters sent him out to have the copper lights made but no one would make them due to the intricacy so Kip Mesirow bought tools and made them himself, so this was the work shop that the original lights for Chez Panisse were made. He later moved the workshop to his other wood workshop on Camilla below 6th Street in 1985. Later Kip and Mary Mesirow sold their home and relocated to Vermont to be close to children and grandchildren he still has his Copper lighting business Verdigris Copperworks. After a tragic electrical fire destroyed much of the local favorite, Kip Mesirow returned to help renovate Chez Panisse. These renovations ended up winning a 2014 Berkeley Architectural Heritage Board Association (BAHA) Award for the outstanding restoration. Many people in Berkeley have purchased his beautiful lighting and it is a part of our folklore and the Chez Panisse legacy.


  • Carpeted Floors
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Tile Flooring
  • Gardens
  • Hardwood Flooring
  • Washer Included
  • Dryer Included
  • 3 Fireplaces
  • Fireplace In Master Br
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Stall Shower And Tub
  • 1 Fireplace
  • Stall Shower


No A/C
lot description
Located on a Cul-de-sac, Bay View, Wood Siding

Property Feature

Over 50 Years Old
Fireplace Description
Wood Burning
Heating - Fuel Type

Additional Information

Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty is your destination for luxury real estate listings. This property for Sale at 1115 High Court is a Single Family Homes with 3 bedrooms , 2 bathrooms and . It is located in 1115 High Court Berkeley Hills, Berkeley, California and is in the 94708 zip/post code area. This home of 1,736 Sq.Ft. was built in 1916 and is on a .1 Acres lot. Golden Gate Sotheby’s International Realty also has property listings in cities near Berkeley, including Berkeley, Orinda and Emeryville. If you would like more information about this home for Sale at The Most Notable Berkeley Craftsman of this Area, Berkeley, California 94708 United States or would like to schedule a showing, contact the agent listed above for more information. You may also sign in, create an account, and save this listing for later reference by using icons at the top of this page.
Soraya Ali
  • Lic.# 01357221
1995 El Dorado Avenue
Berkeley, California, 94707
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