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This exceptional Upper Rockridge traditional circa 1925, is on a true estate sized double parcel. Sited on a gently sloped promontory, the 19,139 sq ft double lot feels private and is surrounded by landscaped grounds, oak trees and a majestic Redwood tree while is also open to views of Mt. Tamalpais, downtown SF, SF bay and the East Bay hills. Tall ceilings, mahogany floors a central open staircase welcome you to handsomely proportioned rooms. Life starts in the kitchen and this one is designed by a professional chef, with 6-burner Thermador range, double Dacor ovens, a secondary under counter refrigerator (great for drinks and large trays), large recessed butcher block work surface adjoins an island seating area with a 2nd copper prep sink. The larger copper farm sink overlooks the seating patio, and adjacent BBQ outdoor area. The kitchen has numerous specialty cabinets, marble counters, abundant storage, and desk area which connects seamlessly to the formal dining room with vintage corner built-in shelving. Retire to the generous living room with an elegant wood burning fireplace, vistas of the Bay and garden or to the sweet informal sunroom off the living room for more garden views. Completing the entry level is a den or media room, also great as guest bedroom, a powder room, and a separate laundry area with built in sink and cabinets. There is a natural flow from the main level to the bedrooms upstairs, access to several outdoor patios, and the utility + storage in the basement.
A grand stairwell takes you the second level, starting with the primary bedroom in the north west corner where you'll enjoy access to a large 2nd level view deck, a fireplace and a full hall bath that was customarily used as its own en-suite. Another large corner bedroom with views, plus two more bedrooms which share a Jack and Jill bath, add up to 4 bedrooms on the upper level, all light-filled and private. A peaceful spot to relax awaits you at the reading nook, framed by an arched doorway to the stunning view balcony over the entry. A lovely spot for sunsets or morning coffee, and a place to enjoy the iconic oak bannister and balustrades, and a vintage glass chandelier.
The detached studio cottage features a beautiful natural stone tiled full bath and vessel sink on farm style vanity, and mini-kitchen with refrigerator, counters and sink. Gleaming bamboo flooring, built-in storage, and a private arbor patio frame this entrance.
An attractive detached office with French doors and window facing the rear patio has room for several desks, or an office/home gym combo or art studio.
There are several places to gather outside providing personal chill or hobby time and entertaining any number of guests: an upper lush lawn adjacent to raised garden beds, the upper patio, the mid-patio and BBQ area with large gas grill and Komodo smoker, and the tucked in patio between the sunroom and large Redwood tree, the entry patio which greets visitors at the front, and also a spacious lower level lawn, large wooden play structure, and built-in seating area. Most of the patios are the work of a master stone mason for both walking surfaces and retaining walls. Several garden walls are made of native rock when a nearby home excavated their site.
Parking is via the detached 2-car garage on Golden Gate Ave or more conveniently, the newly paved private driveway from Buena Vista with room for several cars that lands you on the level upper grounds.
This home feels like a world away yet, minutes to thriving College Avenue, College Prep High School, Chabot Elementary, Rockridge BART, Lake Temescal park, shops and services on Broadway and Piedmont Ave and easy freeway access to all the bay area has to offer.
Upper Rockridge is a neighborhood of older, Mediterranean-style estates, midcentury modern homes, contemporary houses, and new, custom showplaces. Large lawns, terraced gardens, stunning views of the bay and San Francisco skyline, and roads that follow the rolling hills all define this affluent Oakland community.
A local grocery, the Village Market, serves the neighborhood, while more extensive shopping and dining options await in nearby Rockridge, where residents can commute to San Francisco via the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station.