630 East 21st Street
This lovely 1923 California Bungalow has abundant charm, high livability and an amazing garden. Set back from the street and with a long driveway leading up to a garage surrounded by climbing roses, it has a sunny front yard landscaped with lupine, lavender and succulents. At the top of the steps, from the slate patio at the entry, is the first glimpse of the view of downtown Oakland.
Inside, the arched entryway, a stained glass front door gives a seductive hint of the delights that await. The living room is open and airy and has an exceptional feature: a picture window that offers an unparalleled vantage point to enjoy stunning sunset views. The dining room is also big and luminous and has an easy flow for entertaining.
Through a swinging door is the kitchen, with stone counters, new stainless appliances and a tile backsplash. At one end of the kitchen is a mudroom with laundry facilities and access to the side patio, and on the other end is a light-filled breakfast nook surrounded with windows and with built-in cabinets. Off the kitchen and down the stairs is convenient access to the garage and its ample storage.
The hall bathroom has its original and beautifully preserved tile, bathtub and built-in cabinets. The two bedrooms overlook the back yard, and one of them has French doors to the outside deck.
The exceptional backyard is the home’s pièce de résistance and has layers of loveliness. The shaded side patio has ferns and fragrant citrus trees and leads to a deck off the bedroom surrounded by bird of paradise and calla lilies, with built-in benches and a pergola covered in wisteria. The lawn is the ideal spot to enjoy summer sun and includes a fire pit, perfect for cozying around on brisk autumn evenings. Tall fences make it feel extra private, and jasmine, poppies, roses and camellias bring color and scent. Tucked in the back is a patio with even more privacy; a shaded ivy-covered arbor with maple, magnolia and banana palm makes a wonderful retreat. In this lushly landscaped yard there is always something blooming.
The location is perfect: Ivy Hill is an emerging and exciting neighborhood that enjoys the restaurants and shopping of nearby Park Boulevard, as well as the many local pleasures of East 18th Street. The Michelin-recommended Champa Garden is a block away, and scenic Lake Merritt, for jogging or strolling, is nearby. Easy freeway access and ready public transportation makes commuting a breeze.
This house and yard have an ideal combination of the city view in the front, and a bit of paradise in the back - the perfect fit for any mood.
Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 1
Sq Ft: 1,308 Lot Size: 5,250