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A HAPPY MIX OF THEN AND NOW
This 1921 Craftsman strikes the perfect balance of lovely architectural details and modern updates, offering the best of both worlds. The home feels peaceful and serene, and is just a couple of blocks from a dynamic and wonderful area filled with many shopping, dining and entertaining options.
Handsome landscaping, mature succulents, and sweeping steps up to the front door make for a strong and appealing street presence. Inside is a large foyer that flows easily into an open and light-filled living room. The wall with the fireplace has stained glass windows, while large picture windows frame hillside views directly opposite. On the other side of the foyer is the dining room, with classic Craftsman built-in cabinetry. Refinished oak floors throughout bring a consistent warmth to each room.
The eat-in kitchen is truly lovely; an efficient layout, marble counters, a farmhouse sink and pale gray paint highlighted with brass hardware make this a welcoming place to cook and gather. The window over the sink captures the neighborhood views, and French doors open out onto the back patio, giving the breakfast nook its own pretty outlook.
Off the kitchen are steps to a roomy basement that includes laundry facilities, ample storage or workshop space and a separate, private home office.
The primary bedroom is on the main floor, and has a big custom walk-in closet and a dramatic and luxurious ensuite bathroom. Italian-style tile, marble counters and a large walk-in shower that includes a soaking tub make this a space for serious relaxation. The two upstairs bedrooms each have views of either the hills or the garden; both are light-filled and gracious. The bathroom has a similarly luxe design as the one downstairs.
The backyard is a calm retreat: neatly landscaped in tiered zones with succulents, grasses and herbs, it has a large paved patio that functions as a dining area, anchored with a built-in concrete planter with benches on either side. Around the perimeter are blood orange, persimmon and apple trees and raised beds with vegetables, herbs and flowers, with passion fruit and trumpet vines covering the fence. One area has a removable shade, another corner is a sweet play space. Private and tranquil, it feels far from the city, yet offers a lovely view of the houses on the hillside.
The immediate proximity to the vibrant Lakeshore/Grand Lake district offers so much within walking distance: the Farmer's Market, grocery and other shopping and some of Oakland's best restaurants. This historic area is also minutes from Lake Merritt and affords easy accessibility to San Francisco by car or public transportation. This is the place to have it all: enjoy the lively Lakeshore neighborhood, and return home to relax and recharge.