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SO GOOD TO BE HOME

This 1920 Craftsman-style bungalow has everything you need to feel at home, starting with a handsomely landscaped front yard with native grasses, citrus, pomegranate, euphorbia and lambs ear bordering the lawn. Wisteria and a guava tree flank the sweet bricked porch. 

Inside, the open layout of the living and dining rooms is practical as well as elegant, and the graceful flow between these rooms makes entertaining easy. A huge picture window frames the view of the yard, and the fireplace is a strong focal point with high windows on either side to bring in lots of light. Off the living room is a full bathroom, classic and bright, and a roomy linen closet.

The eat-in kitchen is the heart of the home, and this one is especially big and welcoming. Stone counters, stainless appliances and warm wood floors create a lasting style, and the big French doors leading out to the garden bring light as well as charm. Small details make a big impact: a tunnel light in the kitchen, a NEST thermostat in the living room and timeless hardware throughout are just some of the graceful notes.

The bedrooms each have notable features: the front bedroom has two closets and a full ensuite bathroom, and the back bedroom has a high, vaulted ceiling and big paned windows on two sides that highlight the garden.

The backyard is full of surprises, too. A large paved patio has a lovely backdrop of vines and flowers, and there is another paved nook in the corner with the same lush feel. The lawn is bordered with trees, ferns and roses. It’s quiet, private and has a storybook feel. There is a detached garage and a bonus outbuilding with laundry hookups, which could be ideal as a workshop, studio space, or workout room. 

This enchanting house has a winning combination of great appeal and a good location; just what you want in a home.

Neighborhood


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.



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