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Set on a quiet street with park-like views, this 1926 Upper Rockridge gem is lovely inside and out. The lushly landscaped front garden, filled with roses, peonies, hibiscus, hydrangeas, camellias and citrus trees, creates a colorful and fragrant welcome. Up the brick steps is a patio from which to savor the serenity. Traditional lines and steel-framed windows add to the handsome street presence.
Inside, a lovingly maintained interior, updated but with many endearing period details, makes it clear how this house has been loved. The foyer has a custom stained-glass window and leads into a large, gracious living room with original oak floors, a wood-burning fireplace and oversized windows that nicely frame the verdant view. Arched doorways, coved ceilings and built-in cabinetry are some of the architectural features that highlight this home’s classic character. Through pocket doors is a private library with bookshelves lining two walls, which could be an ideal space for a home office or media room. A sunny bedroom and full bathroom are also on this floor.
The kitchen and dining room have a graceful flow that makes entertaining effortless. Windows facing south and west capture both views of the Bay and the lovely greenery across the street, and make the rooms bright and inviting. The eat-in kitchen would make any chef feel at home; Bosch appliances, an easy layout and the adjacent laundry room/pantry opens out to a staircase that leads to a convenient kitchen potager in the side yard.
Upstairs are two bedrooms and a big bathroom. The front bedroom is spacious and peaceful, with two closets and windows with tree-filled outlooks. The back bedroom has a cozy feel, with angled ceilings and lots of light. As a bonus, a private deck off the hallway looks out to a panorama of the Bay - a sweet reminder that the city is close by, but also far enough away.
A tandem garage fits two cars, has abundant storage and a separate workshop.
The location can’t be beat: Upper Rockridge has something for everyone - award-winning public and private schools, College Avenue's famed shops and much-lauded restaurants, and bucolic Lake Temescal Park up the hill. Market Hall, Safeway, Trader Joe's, and the Village Market make this area a food-lover's haven. Easy freeway access and the nearby Rockridge BART ensure a stress-free commute.
Comfort, charm, an enchanting setting and a captivating garden make this house a delight to come home to.
Cross Alcatraz Avenue, which divides Oakland and Berkeley, and you’ll find yourself in Rockridge, one of Oakland's most desirable, charming, and convenient neighborhoods. Housing in Rockridge is a combination of charming bungalows, cottages, classic Arts and Crafts dwellings, and large brown-shingle houses. Its leafy streets are mainly residential. Rockridge offers an easy commute into San Francisco via the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station, as well as access to the University of California, Berkeley Campus. The 100-year-old, four-acre campus of the California College of Art and Crafts is nearby. Food-and-drink purveyors in Rockridge provide the best from around the world and local farms. Rockridge Market Hall, which takes its cue from the French Marché, offers numerous individual food and flower shops open to the sidewalk. Dozens of restaurants, cafes, and boutiques line bustling College Avenue, Rockridge's main drag.