A truly special cottage tucked in the heart of West Berkeley. Petite but packing a huge punch, this artist's compound is thoughtfully laid out and lives larger than its 600 sq ft (per public record). Soaring ceilings in the open concept living/dining make way to the primary bedroom, which flows into the backyard where you'll find a deck and two reclaimed wood cottages. Used by the previous owners as writing studios - one cottage the birthplace of an award-winning book of poems, the other where an acclaimed non-fiction book was penned - make these a guest room and an office, a workshop and a yoga studio, or whatever bonus spaces you desire. The second bedroom, roomy bathroom, and laundry area round out the home. Built in 2003 with many modern upgrades, including solar and a heat pump, this is the perfect beautiful, compact, low-maintenance home that keeps you at the center of Berkeley. A hop, skip and a jump from beloved West Berkeley eateries, Fourth St shopping and 1.3 miles to North Berkeley BART.