Rarely does such a large, beautiful, architecturally significant home become available in Albany. At the very end of Hillside Avenue, flanked by open space on both sides, with a lovely secluded yard and incredible San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge views, this home is truly unique. Built in 1984, 700 Hillside is the first custom home built in the United States by Christopher Alexander, globally recognized prize winning architect, Professor Emeritus of Architecture at UC Berkeley, and author of numerous architectural classics, including The Pattern Language.

The lower level addition was built in 1987 keeping the style and integrity of the Sala House, named after the original owners for whom it was built. Terrazzo and inlaid stained concrete floors, large sculpted wooden beams, built-in platform beds, book cases, and seating areas, and hand painted details are just the beginning of this extraordinary work of art. With a post-and-beam structure, the exterior of the house is a reinforced concrete shell in alternating embedded colors that echo the colors of the eucalyptus grove in the open parkland adjacent to the home.

Featuring 2028 Square Feet, 4+ bedrooms and 2 baths, the beautiful, spacious kitchen opens to a private dining patio and seating area. The bottom floor has exterior access to an additional level garden area with a gorgeous Bay view. Recent upgrades include all new double paned windows, new retaining wall, French drain, and sewer lateral compliance. A six burner Wolf range, Bosch dishwasher, French door stainless refrigerator, and fireplace complete the gorgeous kitchen.

700 Hillside is the last home on the street and abuts Albany Hill, where residents have enjoyed "sledding" on dry grass and swinging from rope swings for decades. Top rated Albany schools and close proximity to fantastic restaurants, cafes, bus and freeway make this handcrafted masterpiece an extraordinary find.

  • 2028 Square Feet
  • 4 Bedrooms, 2 Full Baths
  • Numerous Additional Rooms!
  • Poured-in-place Terrazzo Flooring
  • Stained Concrete Flooring
  • Hard and Soft Woods Throughout
  • Double Paned Windows
  • Radiant Heat
  • Wolf Stove
  • Bosch Dishwasher
  • So Much More!

A recent lovely article by Daphne White on can be found at:

Please click on the Historical Articles tab for numerous articles featuring Christopher Alexander and the Sala House.



This formerly working-class neighborhood once housed the pipe fitters, welders, and shipbuilders that worked for Henry Kaiser during World War II. Today, Albany is home to a diverse group of professionals who support the local schools with a passion.

Solano Avenue, with its incredible array of restaurants, independent cinema, and shopping, is proof that there's more to Albany than its stellar school system. Albany is small, sunny, and a very walkable neighborhood with Solano Avenue as its east-west axis. Bakeries, boutiques, and bistros thrive on Solano. The annual Solano Avenue Stroll, which takes place the second Sunday in September, shows off all 26 blocks -- from the Landmark Theaters Albany Twin theater, which shows an eclectic mix of first-run blockbusters to small, independent features, to the family-run Sunny Side Up cafe -- and is the perfect place to start your exploration of Albany.


Open Houses:

Sunday April 8, 2-5pm

Sunday April 15, 2-5pm

Brokers Tour:
Thursday April 12, 10:00am-1:00pm

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