Oct 102014

“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,

Let begin by saying YES, this one IS as cool as it looks in the pictures. In those unique ways that architecture affects us this one had the effect of transforming the moment as I walked up the steps along the front porch to the front door where the 1912 era of this home seemed to come to life. Walking inside this beautiful over 2100sf shingle-side craftsman visitors are immediately greeted by the grand stairway leading to the bedroom area with its beautifully lathed balustrade and probably five foot wide wood plank steps. But I saved the tour of the upstairs for last in this tour. My first turn from the entry was to the left to the front room (the parlor, perhaps, in the parlance of the day) where its large picture windows were clearly including the original glass as the views through them had that familiar waviness common in the glass of bygone eras. A pleasing banquette fit into the southwest corner of the room set right next to a large window facing out the front of the home. (Nice spot to read a book on a rainy day is what I thought when I looked at it.) Beautiful wood floors and period details such as coffered ceilings fill this home, and the charm factor is on high throughout. Walk through the dining room and you’ll hear the laughter and swoons of dinner parties gone by, and hopefully new ones to come. And then pass into the kitchen and you’ll see where the classic meets the modern. Concrete countertops sit on top of modern cabinetry, and the kitchen has the feel of a 2014 chef’s kitchen. Walk past the breakfast nook towards the sun room in the back and you’ll see a wonderful spot for an office or an art studio filled with sunlight and overlooking the sprawling back yard with its multi-level deck, lawn area and multiple garden planters with a row of evergreen trees freshly planted along the back fence line to provide a pleasing barrier of privacy in the coming years. Outdoors is a wonderful spot here. And to complete my tour I was off to the upstairs. Three lovely bedrooms, again with so much of the period detail preserved: The master bedroom still had its Edwardian-era coal stove connected to the chimney running up the front facade of the home. The bathroom was separated into a water closet and a separate room with the bath and sink. The rear bedrooms both had doors leading out to what must have been intended to be a rear veranda (but which is just a roof top right now) and which must be fully returned to such use by the new owner, in my opinion. So before I gush over this one any longer I’ll just let you know it’ll be open this coming Sunday 10/12 and it’s one you’ll absolutely love walking through. If that time doesn’t work for you, you know you can contact me for a private showing. Really a great one in Oakland’s Rose Garden and Grand Lake neighborhood!

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