9 VACANT UNITS IN BERKELEY’S NORTHSIDE DISTRICT
Assessors Parcel Number: 058-2197-009
Cross Street: Euclid
2517 Virginia Street is 2-story, 9 unit apartment building. Built in 1929 with 4 studio apartments and 4 one-bedroom units. An additional unit, non-conforming, was added at ground level sometime later. Many units have been used as two bedroom units with shared baths. Gas wall heaters. Separate electric meters but central gas. Individual gas wall heaters. Central hot water with a recently installed 75-gallon water heater. Laundry hook-ups in basement. Copper water lines throughout. New roof over new plywood and rigid insulation. Building exterior newly painted. Sewer lateral newly replaced. A 5 car open garage is in back.
Alameda County records show a rectangular lot of 6,250 square feet and the 2- story stucco over wood frame building as having 4,817 square feet. The non-conforming unit is estimated at 472 square feet providing a total of about 5,289 square feet.
The property has been used by a not-for-profit academic institution as housing for its students and has been exempt from rent controls. The building is vacant.
2517 Virginia Street is located in Berkeley’s “Northside” area which has many similar apartment buildings of mixed ages and usually very good and consistent housing demand. The property is 3 short blocks to a neighborhood commercial district, which is across the street from the UC Berkeley Campus’ North Gate.
Although many of the residents in the Northside area are connected with the University of California, the immediate neighborhood is also widely known as a center for ecumenical theological studies, popularly known as “Holy Hill” because of the many religious institutions and facilities including
- Graduate Theological Union Library and Archives
- Church Divinity School of the Pacific
- Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
- Pacific School of Religion
- Franciscan School of Theology
- Jesuit School of Theology
- Starr King School for the Ministry
- The Flora Lamson Hewlett Library.
Public Transportation Access
The neighborhood has plenty of public transit opportunities, being served by 4 AC Transit bus routes, 3 hourly University shuttles, and, every 15 minutes or so, Berkeley LBL shuttles. (All shuttles typically run from 6:30 AM to 10:40 PM and are free or $1.) The Central Berkeley BART station is about a half a mile away