Sep 052014

“Pick of the Week” is a home I’ve recently toured in person which I believe makes for a great buy based on its status as a Great Home Design in a Great Location for a Great Price!

Hello Friends,

Well if you’re looking for your ‘island fix’ this one will perfectly take care of that by seemingly dropping you right into Maui with an amazingly charming twist on the 1920s Oakland craftsman bungalow. Located on a terraced hillside in Crocker Highlands, this home’s setting is lush with all sorts of tropical and native flora. Part Buddhist meditation center, part Polynesian retreat, part spectacular bed and breakfast, and part classic Oakland bungalow this one felt amazing from the moment I walked inside. Great updates in all the right places, such as the kitchen with its sliding doors expanding the pass-thru from the kitchen/dining area to the back deck to approximately 12 feet across by 8 feet high creating an indoor/outdoor flow between the two spaces that broadly opens up the festive feel of the obvious center of the party! Take a few more steps up from the patio and you’ll reach the next iteration of the numerous gorgeous lounging spots in this back garden: The hammock by the Koi pond with the gentle waterfall. Oh, yes, that’s where you’ll find me on many a Friday afternoon at the end of the work week! No question! It’s a beautiful spot with some small peeks of the views to the northwest from this hillside. Listen to the water cascade, watch the Koi, read, have wine, chill. Full stop. But not really… ’cause there’s more. Take a few more steps up the hillside and you’ll find the statue of the Buddha to the right inside a mini cathedral of tropical trees and plants shrouding the spot one might sit in quiet contemplation before him. It’s a charming and genuinely spiritual spot with a beautiful wooden plank hot tub at the top of the hillside. So it’s really covering the spectrum here from the quiet solitude of individual meditation to the prospect of sharing the space with one special friend/spouse, or of course you can quite spectacularly entertain a group. Step back inside the home and you’ll find a lovely craftsman built in 1920 which has maintained its period details, although with a nicely updated modern kitchen and 2 full baths. From the master suite upstairs you have a view of the downtown Oakland skyline and the evening sunsets that spring like a nimbus behind it each evening. And at the lowest level of the home you have a nice 1-car garage with extra space inside for storage. Easily walkable to the Lakeshore business district and easily bicycle-able to all sorts of fun stuff in Oakland, this home is nothing short of a bay area gem. Open houses the next two Sundays and available to show by appointment by me. So come on down and check it out! Wonderful home!

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