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EXTRA IN SO MANY WAYS

Centrally located in Bella Vista, this 1915 home stands out for its strong style and innovative bonus space. Set behind a horizontal wood fence, the front yard is tastefully and minimally landscaped with grasses, shrubs and a maple tree. It feels fresh and modern, which creates a nice counterpoint to the classic lines of the house. Through the sunny yellow front door, the living room is spacious and gracious, with windows at the front and on the side bringing in lots of natural light. A handsome fireplace, inlaid wood floors and the nod to bay windows are some of the architectural details that finish this home. The dining room and kitchen have an easy flow, with the breakfast bar separating them. An alcove in the corner of the dining room can be a work space, or could be set up as a bar nook for entertaining. This is a place perfectly suited for enjoying time with family and friends.

The kitchen has drama, function and lots of style. Granite counters, a skylight, breakfast bar, stainless appliances and wood and glass cabinetry are lovely updates. Off the kitchen is a large pantry/mudroom with laundry hookups, which leads down to an amazing bonus space made from the garage. With a concrete floor, an automatic garage door on one end and a sink/refrigerator/laundry and counter set up on the other side, it could be configured in so many ways - as a workshop, gym, art studio, rec room, media space or yoga studio - to suit many needs. Outside this space is the back yard, with its clean lines, citrus trees, herbs and grasses gracefully landscaped under a big sky. Truly, the rare open-sky view from this garden is one of its best assets.

The downstairs master bedroom has been nicely redone and the full downstairs bath has tile, granite and slate details. Upstairs are three bedrooms; the one in the back is bright, has angled ceilings and looks towards the hills, while the front bedroom has a reading nook, large closets and a classic old Oakland view of Victorians and palm trees. The third bedroom is smaller and also has a bright Oakland outlook. A large shared bath has the same nice details as the bathroom downstairs.

The Bella Vista neighborhood is one of Oakland's best kept secrets - close to everything, quiet at night and genuinely a mixture of all lifestyles. A few blocks away in neighboring Clinton are several excellent neighborhood restaurants: Michelin recommended Champa Garden (Thai/Laotian), Philomena (Pizza and Beer), and Kainbigan (Filipino). Portal Restaurant and some of Oakland's best taco trucks are also nearby. Sunny all the time, it is a quick trip to Lake Merritt, the farmers' market and the excellent shopping at Lakeshore, and is near to the Glenview neighborhood, with the delights of Park Sushi, Bellanico and Park Burger.

High ceilings and great light make this house feel big and bright, and classic details and modern upgrades make it feel like home.

Neighborhood


BELLA VISTA

The Bella Vista neighborhood is one of Oakland's best kept secrets - close to everything, quiet at night and genuinely a mixture of all lifestyles. A few blocks away in neighboring Clinton are several excellent neighborhood restaurants: Michelin recommended Champa Garden (Thai/Laotian), Philomena (Pizza and Beer), and Kainbigan (Filipino). Portal Restaurant and some of Oakland's best taco trucks are also nearby. Sunny all the time, it is a quick trip to Lake Merritt, the farmers' market and the excellent shopping at Lakeshore, and is near to the Glenview neighborhood, with the delights of Park Sushi, Bellanico and Park Burger.

The neighborhood has a rich history. Several mansions were built in the area, including Arbor Villa, the estate of Francis M. “Borax” Smith. The mansion stood between East 28th Street and East 22nd Street until the Great Depression when it was demolished and the property sold off in parcels to build more modest homes. The line of tall palms down 9th Avenue which ran along the eastern border of the property, is all that remains today of the fantastic estate.

Nearby in Clinton, the Ellen Kenna House, an 8,000+ square foot Victorian masterpiece designed by Augustus Laver, still stands on East 21st Street near 12th Avenue. Across East 21st Street and behind a row of more recent homes, stands Cedar Croft, once the home of John J. Valentine, a gun slinging stage coach driver who rose to become president of Wells Fargo Bank. It is rumored that Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday and Black Bart were among the guests at Cedar Croft.



Schedule

Open Houses:
Saturday March 23rd, 2:00 - 4:30
Sunday March 24th, 2:00 - 4:30

Brokers Tour:
Monday March 25th, 2:00 - 4:30

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Brian Cheek

Broker Associate | DRE 01875052Keller Williams Realty | DRE 02029039Brian Cheek Homes510.325.4451 directwww.briancheekhomes.com