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Caught In A Fairytale In Berkeley

Updated: Oct 20, 2021

I found this charming European village straight out of a fairy tale in Berkeley. It is on Spruce St and is called Normandy Village. It is now an apartment complex, but looks super cute from the outside and great for photo ops.

"Originally called Thornburg Village after the East Bay property magnate Jack Thornburg for whom it was commissioned, Normandy Village was designed in 1927 by William Yelland, a UC Berkeley graduate whose love of European culture was directly borne out of his imaginings of a pristine landscape untarnished by war." You can read more about this village here : https://www.dailycal.org/.../happily-ever-after-normandy.../


Who knew an old French village lived in the heart of Berkeley!

This Normandy village feels like you stepped right into a fairy tale today.


Does a fairy live in here?

There are so many magical corners of this village to get lost in.

The architecture is more fantasy than reality, an imagined dream of a French-English village straight out of "Beauty and the Beast."



Now this village is a collection of a few dozen apartments, homes and condos but the storybook architectural style brings out the magic of Europe of a bygone era.


Rustic stairway with bright red bottle brush flowers to match.


This village was designated as a Berkeley landmark in 1983.



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