2643 Dana Street, Berkeley: The Anthony Boucher House: $1,500,000
Four bedrooms two baths with a bonus space (workshop/exercise room?) and half bath
From the Family to the Next Owner:
I love the traditional layout, large rooms and generous backyard, as well as the fact that our family has so much history here.
We’ve enjoyed many holidays and memorable family events in this home. I especially love that my daughter is being raised in the same home my Dad and Uncle grew up in and I lived in while I attended UC Berkeley.
I also love that everything is nearby, from the dentist to the grocery store and the park. The neighborhood boasts a wide variety of dining options, ranging from cheap ethnic “student eats” to lovely bistros and coffeehouses, as well as convenient services.
UC Berkeley, Downtown Berkeley and Elmwood shops, restaurants and theaters are all about a mile away. The bus line is just a block away.
A family history at 2643 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA
Four generations of my family have lived in this home since 1947; my husband and I have lived here since 2002. My grandparents were the original owners and my Dad and uncle lived here through college at UC Berkeley. My grandmother lived here until her passing in 2000. Her husband was William A.P. White, who worked under the pen name Anthony Boucher, was an accomplished author, book and magazine editor and critic, active from the 1940s to his death in 1968.
A.P., or “Tony” to his friends, was influential as a mystery book editor for the San Francisco Chronicle and New York Times. He was also an author, founder of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and co-writer of hundreds of scripts for radio shows in the 1940s, including Sherlock Holmes with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. He wrote almost everything he ever produced here in this house, using the master bedroom as his “study.” He also hosted regular writers’ workshops in the living room, with notable mystery and science fiction authors.
He was most beloved as an editor because he took the time to mentor writers and was seminal in attempting to make literary quality an important aspect of science fiction and mystery writing. So much so, in fact, there is an annual convention of creators and devotees of mystery and detective fiction named in his honor. Called the Anthony Boucher Memorial World Mystery Convention or “Bouchercon”, the event is held annually every fall.
My love for this house stretches back to my childhood; I’ve always loved the look and feel of it. When my grandmother passed away, my husband and I took on the challenge of updating it so we could live here and keep the house in the family. We have raised our daughter here, hosted numerous family gatherings and celebrated many milestones. We hate to leave this beautiful house but find it necessary as my husband’s career pulls us to Hawaii.
This is a wonderful neighborhood to raise a family in, with great schools, lovely parks and every possible amenity nearby. Hopefully, the new family will love how walkable this area is, with great neighborhoods, restaurants and shops in every direction.
Built in 1941, the house itself is well built and has been lovingly updated from top to bottom. Please see list of improvements for a full description of what’s been done to the home and property. This is an ideal place for entertaining with a generous backyard and lots of living space. We have loved every minute in this house and hope the new owners will too.
The Berkeley Historical Plaque Project will be placing a plaque on the home.