Contemporary Brown-shingle in a Park-like Setting
Many Arts and Crafts elements are found in this spacious home that feels traditional, while enjoying modern construction and systems. Broad overhanging eaves with architecturally distinctive elbows, banks of dual-pane casement windows, and copper and iridescent glass light fixtures welcome visitors to this brown-shingle home built in 1993. Located in the coveted Upper Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, this 4+ bedroom, 3 bathroom home enjoys a peaceful location, yet you are just minutes to freeway access and many nearby amenities.
The open main floor plan allows for extended sight lines and abundant light. Each window offers a distinctive and tranquil sylvan view. The multi-level design of this home offers tremendous separation of space so each family member may fully enjoy their own domain. Parents continue to comment how much they would relish having different areas where their family members could spend time!
There is excellent integration of the interior with this remarkable setting: multiple balconies offer views of the extensive woodland garden. Natural stone paths wander past grassy play areas and rock-edged terraces planted with California natives and other perennials. Separate “outdoor rooms” and seating areas provide intimate spaces within this half-acre garden for kids and adults to spend time alone, with friends, or with a large party of visitors!
Currently pink dogwood and echium, roses, valerian and rhododendrons are in bloom. There’s an impressive collection of Japanese Maples, a distinctive magnolia, as well as red bud, madrone, birch, redwood and other conifers.
And at the base of the garden, a fun surprise: a basketball court set within an oak grove. The height of the tempered glass backboard is easily adjustable and goes up to 10 feet, making it perfect for both kids and adults.
Main level features:
--Central dining area opens to a spacious deck overlooking the landscaped rear park-like garden
--Sunken living room with soaring ceiling provides abundant natural light and lovely hill views; fireplace with stone surround; built-in storage and display space
--Spacious kitchen with granite counter tops
--Flexible use room with built-ins surrounding custom leaded-glass window inspired by Greene & Greene. Built-in speaker system. Makes a great family room, or with adjoining full bath could be a convenient guest suite
Garden level features:
--Generous master suite with separate ante-room; ideal as an office or nursery.
Master bath with dual sinks, walk-in closet, built in window-bench and its own balcony
--Two additional bedrooms
--Third full bathroom
--Separate laundry room
This home occupies 2487 sq. ft. on a half-acre lot, according to public records
Adjoining two-car garage, connected by covered breezeway
Fenced garden with custom gate by Julian Hodges with pitched roof; copper & mica lantern