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2025 Rose Street, Berkeley
68 Rincon Road, Kensington 94707
68 Rincon Road is located in Contra Costa County, in the unincorporated community of Kensington. The
property has no direct frontage on a public roadway. Access to the property is by a 20' wide easement
across an adjacent property.
The property is within the Earthquake Special Study Zone.
A brief History of 68 Rincon Road, Kensington
The property now known as 68 Rincon Road was originally the northern part of a large land tract
commonly known as the Blake Estate, the southern portion of which is now owned by the University
of California and often referred to as the Blake Gardens. The western portion of the Main House was built in l925 and had about 9,700 square feet. In the late 1940's the building was remodeled to serve as a monastery to accommodate a cloister of nuns relocating from a monastery in Santa Clara, who chose this site after abandoning plans to relocate to China as a result of the communist takeover of that country and took up residency in 1950.
In 1954, plans were prepared for a major expansion of the existing monastery. That addition was completed in 1955-1956, having increased the size of the house from 9,700 square feet to 19,343 square feet, and adding a separate 2,164 square foot Caretaker’s Cottage and a 218 square foot Gatekeeper’s apartment. After a substantial expansion of the monastery, the property was deeded to the Discalced Carmelite Nuns in 1956, who continued to use the property until recently"
The building was designed in the Spanish Revival style, developed around a central interior courtyard
which at one time included a working fountain, and a second, larger outdoor courtyard. The structure has
wood framing throughout over a perimeter concrete foundation with spread footings. The exterior walls
are of painted stucco with wood doors and wood and metal windows. There are multiple roof lines which
have hip gables finished with Spanish tile. Some roof areas are flat with Spanish tile mansards.
The first floor is built over a fully accessible basement area which encompasses the westerly portion of
the building footprint. Most of the basement has finished walls, many rooms, storage lockers, 2 furnaces
and an extensive laundry area served by a laundry chute from the second floor.
First floor ceilings are typically 10’ 6” high except for the main stair well where the ceiling is 20’.
Second floor ceilings are typically 8’3” high. There are about 60 rooms.
The second floor is devoted to sleeping rooms. It is served by a dumbwaiter and an elevator.
There are no accommodations for automobiles beyond the main entry and its turn-around area at the end
of the driveway.