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This superb 1915 Craftsman is the perfect blend of original charm and thoughtful, modern updates, where large rooms with soaring ceilings, beautiful architectural details, and twenty-first century comforts exist effortlessly together. The home’s handsome silhouette is highlighted by the exterior dentil trim, a leafy oak tree and a dramatic curved staircase leading up to the entry porch.
Inside, through the oversized bevelled-glass door, the foyer highlights the Craftsman architecture found throughout. Original inlaid hardwood floors, wainscoting, built-in cabinetry and high ceilings signal the elegance of another era, while radiant floor heating and new electrical and plumbing systems bring the comforts and functionality of modern living. The living room is large and light-filled, with bay windows framing a leafy outlook. Through glass-paned pocket doors, the formal dining room is big and bright, with large double-hung windows, a box beam ceiling and an elegant Craftsman sideboard/cabinet. This is a truly lovely space in which to entertain. The sun-filled kitchen beckons with quartz countertops and a beautiful tile backsplash.
Three large bedrooms are on this level - the first has a south-facing window that captures the morning sun; the second and third have an incredible picture window framing an amazing view of the garden and the hills beyond. A full bath with lovely vintage tile and fixtures give an echo to the past, along with the adjacent powder room. There is also access to an attic space with soaring ceilings that has the potential either to develop as a third floor (the home’s foundation has been reinforced for this purpose) or to use as a storage space.
Down the stairs is an amazing bonus: a spacious separate apartment with its own entry. It includes a large eat-in kitchen with French doors that open onto a quiet side yard, a large living room and big bedroom that are eye-level to yard views, a full bath with a marble-topped vanity and Moroccan tiles, and a laundry room with access to the two-car garage. This legal ADU is big in scale, modern in style and a lovely space with lots of possibilities. Across from this space is a home office that has French doors that lead out to the back yard.
Outside, the huge yard has something for everyone - a brick patio for outside entertaining, a large lawn, and a slate lounge area for relaxing under the seven Redwood trees. Raised beds around the perimeter contain herbs, vegetables and flowers. A trellis of jasmine scents the air and a grapevine covers another fence. Succulents dot the sunny areas and apple, plum, fig and cypress trees provide plenty of shade. The side yard has another brick patio and Japanese maple and citrus trees lining the path.
An ideal location in the vibrant Lakeshore/Grand Lake neighborhood is another highlight of this home, with every need close at hand: the Farmer's Market, grocery and hardware stores, in addition to the Lakeshore shopping district 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.
Spacious and gracious, this is a timeless beauty with so much extra.