First Time on the Market since 1938

Built in 1891 by Ira Boynton for Leo A. Brown, a local engraver, the house included a well-manicured garden, an aviary, fountains and elegantly appointed public rooms. It sold in 1940 to Mary Dumas, a Professor of Design at the University of California Berkeley. She was a painter and textile artist and her work resides at the Oakland Museum as well as the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. The house has been in the family ever since.

The garden has matured since then, with fruit trees, fountains, and an ancient RedBud that has amazing flowers in early spring. The house has a stately presence and elegant public rooms with 12' ceilings and tall windows throughout. The living room and front door have stained glass borders. The eat-in kitchen has been updated and has storage galore. The master suite is a generous retreat from the world with ample space and a gas burning fireplace. The large lot could accommodate an accessory dwelling unit or a thoroughly lovely private urban retreat. The walkout basement has tall ceilings and is waiting to be utilized again as a creative space.

4 Bedrooms

3 Baths

8,100 sq. ft. lot per public records

1 Car Garage

Shopping, transportation, and fun amenities are just a few blocks away. A walkable neighborhood so leave the car in the driveway.


Berkeley’s renowned Shattuck Avenue neighborhood is just 3 blocks away. The strip of Shattuck Avenue between Cedar and Vine streets is anchored by Alice Waters’ world-famous Chez Panisse Restaurant & Café, The Cheese Board Collective, and the original Peet’s Coffee & Tea, which have been neighborhood icons for decades. Simply put, the area is a laid-back mecca for those who want to eat and drink well. Homes range from well-preserved Victorians and traditional, large Berkeley brown-shingled houses to lovingly preserved Craftsmans and bungalows. The architecture is old and varied enough to be included on neighborhood walking tours conducted by the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association. Proximity to the nearby Downtown Berkeley BART Station and the central shopping district makes the neighborhood highly walkable. Live Oak Park provides basketball courts, picnic areas, and a small, open-air theater that hosts children's plays and Shakespeare productions. On Walnut Street, Berkeley Art Center offers a lively series of exhibitions, art openings, and lectures.


Open Houses:
Saturday, October 26, 2:00 - 4:00

Sunday, October 27, 2:00 - 4:00

Brokers Tour:
Thursday, October 30, 9:30 - 12:00

Additional Showings by Appointment:
Contact Mary Canavan
[email protected]


Mary Canavan

BrokerThe Grubb CompanyDRE# 01015527(510) 502-2012