My Piedmont and Oakland Real Estate Adventures. History, Architecture and Homes

 

This stunning view home, located just below Tilden Park in Berkeley, is masterpiece of design and gracious living.  Located at 185 Hill Road, and just above Grizzly Peak Boulevard, it offers 2 bedrooms and 21/2 baths, and a sparkling ambiance that many would envy. 

Classic Mid-Century Modern in design, it features all of the elements that are to be expected--open space, flat planes, integration with nature, and most importantly, walls and walls of glass windows and doors.  

 This sweeping view is beckoning 24 hours a day, every day of the year.  Below are both the Bay Bridge, The Golden Gate Bridge, Oakland, San Francisco and Marin, plus what promises to be very impressive sunsets.  

 Whether you choose to view the panorama from

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Sitting high atop the Oakland Hills in the Upper Rockridge neighborhood, is this stunning Italian contemporary style view home.  Located at 6140 Buena Vista Avenue, it offers 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in a very spacious 3672 sf of living space. 

Ideally located, it is just moments from Berkeley, Oakland, and Montclair, with all that each has to offer in shops, restaurants, and markets.  Its dramatic presence is complimented by a pair of  distinctive arches over the upper and lower front windows.  

One of the reasons that people choose to live in the Oakland hills and the Rockridge neighborhood is the availability of panoramic San Francisco Bay views as the one seen here, and additionally, seen through many of the home's many windows.  This

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This inviting two story home is located at 4057 Whittle Avenue in the well located Upper Dimond neighborhood of Oakland, and offers an exceptional 5 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms in a comfortable 2341 sf +/- sf of living space. 

This home has been pleasantly and carefully remodeled, as will soon be seen, but immediate  evidence of this is reflected in the creation of the  exceptional front garden.  

This dramatic front entry with topped with triple crescents that match the curved steps below, is reminiscent of  Art Deco designs, while the trim of the two glass entry doors develops the theme.  

The living room is enhanced by, and draws light from, the charming bay window that looks out on the distinctive front gardens.  It is centered

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Hiller Highlands homes have always been known for offering dramatic Bay area views, and this townhouse at 29 Binnacle Hill is no exception.  The view from the home provides a panorama stretching from San Francisco to Marin, and includes both the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. 

This home is stunning. Natural light flows in from windows at every level in this living room and adjacent dining room.  A large Bay area view balcony accessed directly through sliding glass doors behind the sofa, combines with a large vertical shaft of light next to the fireplace, and the window and mirrored wall of dining room, to invite sunlight in from every angle. 

Subdued golden colors from the hardwood floors, overhead open beam ceiling, and the

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This inviting home, with its classical Cape Cod style architecture, possesses immediate curb appeal.  Located at 39 Wildwood Avenue in Piedmont, it features all that makes this home style distinctive- full shingle siding, gabled dormers, a symmetrical appearance with a centered front entry, and simple exterior ornamentation.  It offers 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms in a comfortably sized 2770 +/- sf of living space.  

This dramatic entry feature a gracefully arched front door that reflects the curvature in the front steps.  The covered entryway is flanked on either side by a pair of mullioned glass windows with matching trim.

 

The spacious entry begins to reveal some of the charm of the home. It is highlighted by an elegant stairwell to

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This welcoming home with flavors of Spain and the Mediterranean in its architecture, is located in the Berkeley hills at 596 Grizzly Peak Boulevard.  It is immediately inviting with its lush gardens, long established trees and greenery, and quaint front gate.  It offers 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in approximately 2134 sf of living space.  

Stepping through the entry gate, guests are greeted by this serene and beautifully conceived patio that provides a perfect spot for entertaining, or just a quiet retreat for reading.  

Stepping through the front door from the garden, visitors are treated to the stunning open floor plan of this gleaming living room.  The dramatic open beam ceiling commands attention, as do the golden colored hardwood

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This very handsome and classically designed Craftsman style home is well located close to all that Piedmont has to offer.  Just moments from the popular, and in demand, dining and shopping venues of Grand, Lakeshore and College Avenues at 218 Linda Avenue, it has outstanding curb appeal, and well established gardens.  If offers 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in 2070 +/- sf of living space.  

Designed in the day when porch sitting was a popular afternoon's entertainment, the spacious and welcoming front porch runs the width of the front of the home, and is defined by the beautifully designed wooden columns at the entry, and the pergola style roof.  

The protective overhanging roof at the entryway, and the exposed rafters under the eves of the

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This charming Art Deco style home has just been put on the market, and is located at 701 Glendome Circle in Oakland's pleasant Glenview neighborhood.  It offers 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms  in a comfortable 1798 sf +/- of living space.  It features all the desired elements expected of a home of this unique architecture.  That concept is most effectively illustrated here in the popular streamlined look that is suggested by the triple pair of parallel lines that flow from one portion of the home to the other.  

Surrounded by well established gardens that include a tropical garden and a private wooded sanctuary in the rear, this residence is welcoming and gracious. This particular view illustrates the classic linear flow of line that is seen

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This expansive and dramatic home, located in the hills of Piedmont at 50 Maxwelton Road, is surprising in its size when viewed from its front entrance, as will be seen below.   Multi level, its sits among long established trees and gardens that offer privacy and serenity.  It features 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms and offers a generous 3057 sf  +/- of living space.  

 The home's splendid  Bay area view is one that is both desired and envied.  It includes SF Bay, and a panoramic sweep from San Francisco to Marin.

The extensive front gardens, tile roof, and arched entryway reflect the Mediterranean concept of this home, as does the classical wrought iron trim around windows and the stair railing.

This welcoming and spacious front

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This initial view represents just a touch of the creative design and architecture soon to be discovered below at this home located at 5972 Margarido  Drive in the Upper Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland.   Gracious columns and archways, gleaming floors and stunning woodworking represent just a portion of the distinction of this residence.  Custom designed by local architect Mark Becker, it is a unique and outstanding home, and features 4 bedroooms, and 4 1/2 bathrooms in approximately 3646 sf of living space.  

The exterior of this tri-level home, is dramatic and compelling in appearance.  The second floor balcony is the one represented in the view directly above, and it, and the other two levels, offer panoramic Bay area views that only an

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