This vibrantly decorated home at 2231 McKinley Avenue a block west of Berkeley High School has apparently been known since the 1970s as the “Green Dragon’s Eye”.

It takes a leap of imagination to visualize what it could look like with a more toned-down presentation, but if you are partial to the architectural style, there may be real potential for transformation here. Having said that, you may like the place just as it is, in which case it could be yours for $819,000.

There’s a three++bedroom/two-bathroom main house, plus a one-bed, one-bath detached rental cottage (pictured below right). The listing describes the house  as having “turn of the century charm with lots of interesting architectural details and Berkeley character”. New foundations on both structures were put down after 1994. It last sold in 2002 for an intriguingly low $140,500.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...