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Gloriously renewed California Arts & Crafts Italianate (built 1912) 2-story home. Contemporary comfort and stylish remodeling that honors the original graceful proportions and period details. Gray stucco exterior, deep Italianate eaves with decorative corbels, leaded and stained glass window details. The freshly sodded front garden is graced by a spreading liquid amber and other mature trees. A spacious and gracious pillared porch shelters an Arts & Crafts front door with cloverleaf window, flanked by clear leaded-glass panels.
Inside, high ceilings, floods of light, beautiful proportions, golden oak floors throughout (except basement, 2 baths). White & gray contemporary palette complements the wainscoting, molding and other original architectural features. The entryway, with built-in bench, opens to a stately staircase (illuminated by a stained glass window) and to the living room, with a back hallway (closet, side delivery entrance) beyond. The living room features a painted brick fireplace and hearth, triple picture windows with leaded-glass toppers. The dining room has a triple bay window and the original stained-glass trimmed hutch/sideboard, a vintage box-beamed ceiling & contemporary bronze chandelier.
The dining room opens to the entertainment great room wing of the kitchen suite, with a huge versatile island for prep, buffet, breakfast or cocktail bar, and a wall of glass “fold away” Nano doors to the deck for fabulous light and outdoor dining. The oversized gallery chef’s kitchen is efficient and roomy, opens from the back hall/delivery door, has a full bath (shower), a large laundry alcove with storage, and stairs to the basement. From hardwood floors to artistic light fixtures, dark gray stone counters and sleek white cabinetry (frosted glass, open shelves, cupboards, drawers) with stainless hardware and premium stainless appliances, the kitchen suite is a cooking and entertaining delight!
Upstairs, three spacious high-ceilinged bedrooms and two full baths welcome you to rest and refresh between parties. The primary suite has a sleeping room, sunroom with country club view and a spectacular open glass bathroom with enormous shower, double sinks and a large walk-in closet with built-ins. The second bedroom has a big walk-in closet and vintage-styled ensuite bath with white tile wainscoting and floor, free-standing tub and pedestal sink. The third bedroom also has a huge walk-in closet.
The basement, reached through stairs from the kitchen suite, offers lots of storage space and a bonus room (Zoom room, home cinema, den) in back. The fenced backyard has resodded lawn, flower beds, concrete walkways, patio and a poured concrete outdoor kitchen island. Deep driveway & ADU plans already drawn up to convert the double garage to living space.
Convenient sub/urban neighborhood in the Broadway/College triangle, easy access to Hwys 24 (to Walnut Creek) and 13 (to Berkeley/Hayward), steps to Rockridge BART, College/Claremont/Broadway shopping and dining. Above Broadway, secret stairs and walkways, Temescal Regional Park, Claremont Country Club, St Mary Cemetery (stroll among historic tombs), Piedmont Ave commerce.
Cross Alcatraz Avenue, which divides Oakland and Berkeley, and you’ll find yourself in Famous 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.