The price of student housing (save for the co-ops) may be outrageous, but at least you’re not living in the Berkeley Hills. That’s hardcore.

If you’re lucky—and fast enough—you have the opportunity to see the inside of house that’s not trashed by your crazy, hostile, drunk roommate and that’s most likely free of rodent infestation. This house isn’t student-living, but someday your prestigious Berkeley education will help you land a home like this. That is, if you’re not a humanities major. You, on the other hand, will have to settle with a fur-lined cardboard box at best.

We’re tallking about 1675 La Loma in Berkeley, the address of the landmark Jensen House. The asking price is $3.6 million, but don’t let that stop you from gawking at it. After all, there is an open house going on now until 4:30 p.m. And who says there’s nothing to do during the summer here?

(And yes, the gingerbread house is an exact replica of the Jensen House.)

Actually, we lied. The Jensen House is so much cooler. Built in 1891 in the Stick-Eastlake style, the house is pretty damn old. It’s only been on the market once, in 1997, when the current owners bought it from original builders’ family.

Let’s lay it all down, shall we? This chic pad boasts:
* a San Francisco and Golden Gate view
* a skylight
* a paneled staircase “made of rich Makore wood”—we don’t know what that is, but it sure sounds fancy
* a library with (of course) a fireplace
* a powder room because every home needs a bathroom that’s not really a bathroom
* French doors
* a waterfall in the backyard
* a cottage-garage combo
* a guest suite above the cottage-garage combo
* a wet bar, most likely stocked with Dom Perignon
* a wine cellar
* a sunken whirlpool tub in the master bathroom

In total, this Berkeley palace has five bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths. The house covers 4,450 square feet on a 16,000 square feet lot.

Wow. We can’t even comprehend those numbers. How big is that? The size of Costco? Deutsch Hall?

We don’t know, but we’re willing to bet that this open house will have a British butler and hors d’oeuvres filled with champagne, lobster tail and caviar. We’re so there.

Berkeley landmark for sale once more [SF Chronicle]