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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


Ivy Hill

The Ivy Hill neighborhood is one of Oakland's best kept secrets - close to everything and genuinely a mixture of all lifestyles. There are several excellent neighborhood restaurants in Ivy Hill and neighboring Clinton: Michelin recommended Champa Garden (Thai/Laotian), Philomena (Pizza), and Kainbigan (Filipino). Portal Restaurant and some of Oakland's best taco trucks are also nearby.  Sunny all the time, it is a quick trip to Lake Merritt, the farmers' market and the excellent shopping at Lakeshore, and is near to the Glenview neighborhood, with the delights of Sushi Park, Bellanico and Park Burger.

The neighborhood has a rich history. Ivy Hill was the home of Arbor Villa, the estate of Francis M. “Borax” Smith, along Park Boulevard between East 28th Street and East 22nd Street. The mansion stood here until the Great Depression when it was demolished and the property sold off in parcels to build more modest homes. The line of tall palms down 9th Avenue which ran along the eastern border of the property, is all that remains today of the fantastic estate. The Ellen Kenna House, an 8,000+ square foot Victorian masterpiece designed by Augustus Laver, still stands in neighboring Clinton on East 21st Street near 12th Avenue. Across East 21st Street and behind a row of more recent homes, stands Cedar Croft, once the home of John J. Valentine, a gun slinging stage coach driver who rose to become president of Wells Fargo Bank. It is rumored that Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday and Black Bart were among the guests at Cedar Croft. 



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Contact Brian Cheek
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Contact Jennifer Telfeyan
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Brian Cheek

Broker Associate | DRE 01875052Keller Williams Realty | DRE 02029039Brian Cheek Homes(510) 325-4451

Jennifer Telfeyan

REALTORⓇ | DRE 02064329Keller Williams Realty | DRE 02029039Brian Cheek Homes510.239.3336

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