Herman Chan
6805 Buckingham Blvd
Berkeley, CA



Perched atop the prestigious Claremont Hills, this remarkable one-of-a-kind custom villa is simply unrivaled on all counts: design, lifestyle, location and opulence. The new owners of  6805 Buckingham Blvd stand to inherit an unprecedented combination of spectacular 180° San Francisco Bay views, top of the line finishes imported from around the world, state of the art technology embedded throughout the estate,  all of which were artistically designed across a  sprawling three level floorplan of nearly 5,000 sq ft.

This marvelous architectural gem ingeniously doubles as both a private sanctuary and entertainer’s dream. The level-in layout of the main floor orbits around the grand escalier, creating an open circular floorplan, which functions as the perfect entertainment space with sophisticated indoor/outdoor synergy or a functional stylish home.  While this middle level is made for holding court,  the top floor and ground floor offer two kinds of luxurious escapes from the world.

What many consider la pièce de résistance is the ground level of the villa. Ensconce yourself in the Pompeii-inspired recreational oasis downstairs where a sumptuous 12’ x 14’ indoor saltwater pool equipped with two waterfalls, lightshow, adjoining spa, wet bar and sauna await you after a long day at work. This slice of paradise is also equipped with a full bath where you can luxuriate in the cleansing relaxing steam shower.

The master bedroom suite on the top floor is another discreet retreat dripping with glamour and amenities. Wake up each morning with your coffee from the mini wet bar and enjoy jaw dropping unfiltered vistas from the private porch spanning four counties of world famous landmarks such as Golden Gate Bridge, Lake Merritt, TransAmerica building & Mount Tamalpais. As the sun sets each night behind the San Francisco skyline, soak yourself in the extra large tub and take in the view of the glittering freeway lights and the twinkling of the groundscape. Adorned with 24kt gold fixtures and Crema Marfil marble, the master bathsuite without a doubt beats any five star hotel.

The yard reveals the villa’s Secret Garden, a terraced Eden where you’ll find fruit trees, native and exotic plants as well as  garden beds to provide vegetables for your table year round. Abutting the chef’s kitchen is the sun drenched solarium breakfast nook with four skylights, where you could nosh on your breakfast, browse your iPad or take afternoon tea.

No other property comes close to the  impeccable design and solid construction of 6805 Buckingham. No expense was spared in creating this special executive home meant for the discriminating buyer accustomed to haute living. Exuding an aura of timeless elegance, this masterpiece is a compelling and captivating architectural jewel. It is an experience in itself. Any visitor can not help but fall under its spell. Buckingham Villa is not merely an estate. It’s a lifestyle.



An Elegant Executive Home in the Claremont Hills of Berkeley/Oakland

A sophisticated custom Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired four bedroom, three and one half bath home on three floors with unobstructed panoramic views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate, and the Marin Headlands.


  • 2×6 stud construction
  • 3-coat stucco finish; final coat consists of Purex polymer material that resists color fading and repels water
  • Loewen (manufactured in Canada) Douglas Fir wood windows with extruded aluminum cladding; low E² insulated glazing with 1/2” (12 mm) airspace directs heat to heat source keeping home cooler in summer months and warmer in winter months; folding crank handles do not interfere with window coverings
  • Somfy automated blinds with sun sensor on western-facing windows
  • concrete tile roof; gutter and drainage system engineered to displace rain water to lowest-level V-ditch to reduce soil erosion
  • 3 central heating and air conditioning systems with seven-day programmable control system—1 per floor to provide economical and efficient heating and cooling
  • 400-amp electrical service with 4 100-amp sub-panels
  • commercial-grade natural gas meter and inlet to provide sufficient, concurrent gas for all gas appliances, including pool heater
  • 75-gallon quick-recovery hot water heater with programmable re-circulating pump
  • structured wiring with homeruns to central FutureSmart Networks panel—each run includes 2 CAT5E, 2 fiber optic, and 2 coaxial lines; additional CAT5E runs to office (4th Bedroom), laundry room, garage, master suite, den/guest bedroom
  • 2-area (pool level and living levels) 24-zone security system with 6 motion detectors, 3 glass-break detectors, 2 smoke detectors, 5 heat detectors, and 4 access panels allows sophisticated control; security system integrated with home lighting system
  • video intercom entry system via any television set and phone system; incorporates automated release of front-entry gates
  • automated lighting system allows programmable lighting scenes and mood lighting at the touch of a button; lighting system includes extensive use of low voltage accent lighting throughout the home
  • Panasonic digital phone system and voice processing unit supports 4 incoming central-office lines (expandable to eight lines) and 16 internal phone extensions (expandable to thirty-two extensions); system features 5 proprietary executive phones.
  • integrated sound system throughout home, decks, and solarium features B&W speakers; system includes AM and FM radio, satellite music, and 300-disc CD/DVD changer
  • Crestron home automation controller with 4 built-in color touch panels and 2 color wireless touch panels; system allows control of home lighting, pool and spa equipment, home audio components, and security system; system is extremely flexible and may be programmed to control new equipment as required
  • natural cherry cabinetry with custom installed clear shelf protectors and slide-out shelving; natural cherry cabinet interiors
  • Carousel 100% wool carpeting with upgraded padding
  • crown molding and baseboards throughout home
  • custom designer faux finishes by Fuller & Spicer
  • custom window coverings with extensive use of Jim Thompson Thai silk and Hunter Douglas Silhouette blinds; most coverings include black-out lining to provide virtual darkness


  • custom iron gates
  • Italian marble tile with imported Giralli marble medallion
  • opposing copper and slate waterfalls
  • faux alabaster light fixture with low voltage accent lighting
  • IWP solid cherry and triple-pane entry doors with Baldwin solid brass hardware

Formal Entry

  • alabaster light fixture with low voltage accent lighting
  • marble columns

Office (4th Bedroom)

  • separate access with French doors opening to garden courtyard
  • flexible rail overhead track lighting divided into two zones; low voltage accent lighting
  • separate 20-amp circuit for computer and electronic equipment

Powder Room

  • limestone tile floor
  • silk (paperbacked) wall covering
  • crystal chandelier, alabaster light fixture, and low voltage accent lighting
  • Rioja marble vanity
  • Sherle Wagner 24kt gold plumbing fixtures including towel bar, toilet tissue holder, door knob, and cabinetry pulls
  • Sherle Wagner 24kt gold trim sink
  • 24kt gold beveled mirror
  • Italian cherub console table

Dining Room

  • 19th century Baccarat crystal chandelier and low voltage accent lighting
  • butler’s pantry and closet
  • marble columns

Living Room

  • extensive low voltage accent lighting
  • gas fireplace with marble mantel and surrounds

Family Room

  • wiring for complete home theatre system and Crestron control system
  • built-in shelving for storing over 500 CDs or DVDs
  • hand-crafted bronze cabinetry pulls
  • low voltage accent lighting

Main Deck

  • deck extends across living and family rooms allowing easy entertaining
  • Raja Autumn slate flooring
  • electrical and water outlets


  • gourmet stainless steel appliances—Wolf 6-burner range, Gaggenau electric oven with rotisserie and baking stone, Dacor warming drawer, 2 Bosch dishwashers, Sub-Zero 48” side-by-side refrigerator/freezer with ice and water dispenser, Panasonic microwave, Thermador professional hood vent with remote 1400cfm exhaust
  • large island with Franke prep sink, KWC plumbing fixtures, and disposal
  • additional large Franke double sink, KWC plumbing fixtures, Franke hot water dispenser, and disposal
  • built-in bookcase for recipe books
  • hand-blown Sonoma lighting fixtures, extensive halogen lighting, under and over cabinet halogen lighting
  • Juperano St. Cecilia granite counter tops and splash
  • original tile artwork behind Wolf range
  • breakfast space adjacent to island


  • African Autumn slate flooring
  • 4 skylights—2 are operable
  • water outlet and built-in drain system


  • spiral cherry staircase with wool carpet
  • two illuminated display niches
  • Tiffany-style illuminated glass dome
  • low voltage accent lighting

Guest Bedroom/Bathroom

  • plantation shutters
  • Italian ceramic flooring and vanity
  • Phylrich antique bronze plumbing fixtures
  • diamond-fused shower/tub stall glass for easy maintenance

Laundry Room

  • oversized room with extensive storage space
  • Fisher & Paykel washer and dryer
  • deep laundry sink
  • Italian ceramic flooring and counter tops
  • hand-crafted bronze cabinetry pulls

Master Suite

  • gas fireplace with black marble surrounds
  • low voltage accent lighting
  • Crema Marfil wet bar with hammered copper sink, plumbing fixtures, and cabinetry pulls; includes refrigerator/freezer

Master Bathroom

  • limestone tile floor
  • Crema Marfil marble vanity, tub, and shower
  • Sherle Wagner 24kt gold plumbing fixtures including towel bar, toilet tissue holder, door knob, and cabinetry pulls
  • oversized two-person 611 Granada tub
  • oversized glass enclosed shower with two heads and one handheld head; features diamond-fused glass for easy maintenance
  • 24kt gold beveled mirrors hide medicine cabinets with built-in electrical outlets
  • alabaster light fixtures and halogen overhead lighting
  • large custom natural cherry closet with tie racks, belt racks, and shoe racks

Master Deck

  • covered deck for added privacy
  • speakers connected to home audio system
  • electrical and water outlets

Recreation Floor

  • Pompeiian-themed finishes, wall art, and mosaics throughout space
  • Raja Autumn slate flooring with Italian marble baseboards
  • 6’x8’ spa with four jets and one handheld jet; features light with automated color wheel
  • 12’x24’ indoor swimming pool; features dual waterfalls, fiber optic perimeter lighting, light with automated color wheel, automatic pool cover, and automatic chlorine generation system
  • six-person Finlandia sauna
  • Jandy AquaLink control system—integrated to home control system—controls pool, spa, and chlorine generation system
  • environmental control system provides air conditioning, heating, dehumidification, and pool/spa heating
  • Esmeralda Verde granite wet bar with brushed nickel sink, plumbing fixtures, and cabinetry pulls; includes refrigerator/freezer
  • bathroom with steam shower (shower incorporates three body sprays) and Hahns Grohe plumbing fixtures; features diamond-fused glass for easy maintenance
  • covered patio with electrical, gas, and water outlets; speakers connected to home audio system

Wine Cellar

  • 900-bottle clear heart redwood racking
  • WhisperKool temperature/humidity control system
  • low voltage accent lighting
  • second cellar for bulk storage with separate Breezaire control system


  • 2-car oversized finished garage
  • showroom-quality epoxy floor finish for easy maintenance
  • remote opener
  • JennAir trash compactor
  • workbench and storage cabinets
  • oversized work sink
  • 2 260-bottle EuroCave wine cabinets


  • ¼-acre hillside lot
  • terraced hillside includes vegetable garden beds, fruit trees, and many native and exotic plants and succulents
  • gardens surround the home including a private courtyard off the office and a Victorian garden off the solarium
  • two lighting systems with photo sensor and timed on/off settings
  • 10-station commercial-grade, programmable irrigation system (expandable to fifteen stations) allows very granular watering control




Guided tours of Buckingham Villa are by private appointment exclusively.: Escorted showings conducted by Herman Chan 415.787.3450

About the Agent

Herman Chan

CalBRE# 01988025

Herman Chan

Real Estate Broker

Luxury Chair of Asian Real Estate Associations of America

Ranked within Top 1% Nationwide by Zillow Group

Real Estate Expert seen on HGTV CBS PBS CNN MSNBC CNET

15 yr Veteran, Half Billion Dollars in Sales Volume

San Francisco Bay Area Born and Raised

UC Berkeley Alumni

Best Selling Author Looking Up: Images to Uplift & Inspire



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