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

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The Oakland Athletics announced today that they have chosen a site on the Oakland waterfront as the site for their new proposed stadium.  Located just west of Jack London Square area with its multiple lofts and condos for sale, near the Howard Terminal area, and not far from the newly developing Brooklyn Basin home and condominium project seen below, this stadium promises to be in the center of a great deal of future fan activity, but most importantly, a site close to the many sources of newly developing housing for new residents.

 This proposed 34,000 seat complex is well thought out in terms of its location.  The stadium picture above illustrates some of the pluses. Whether coming from San

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 This very handsome classic brown shingle home has so many positive features-one of which is its appealing location.  It is located in Berkeley in the exceptional Claremont Court neighborhood at 2709 Claremont Boulevard. With its gracious curb appeal, and in demand traditional architecture, it is exceptional.  

As you tour this home, be sure to note all the premium  touches that make this home unique, and reflects the added thought that went into each room.  An example starts at the doorway.  The wide and welcoming front door is framed by a pair of partially mullioned windows, and the entryway beamed ceiling features a period designed lamp.  

 

Stepping inside the roomy entry hall, you are greeted with a beautiful and traditional

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This comfortable home is nestled among the trees on a hill in Piedmont, and while it seems pleasantly remote, it is just moments from downtown Piedmont and Montclair Village.  Located at  140 Saint James Drive, it offers 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths in approximately 2567sf of imaginative living space.  

The indoors and outdoors seem to mix pleasantly here with the presence of a very spacious patio, and multiple windows and doors that open easily to gardens, long established trees, and pleasant greenery. What a delightful place for relaxing, or as a quiet retreat for morning coffee.  

While you are aware of the multiple windows and doors in this home when you arrive to visit, you are immediately impressed by their effect from the inside. 

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This charming and creatively designed home, is located at 19 Monticello Avenue in Piedmont. Nestled among pleasant greenery and established trees, it features an appealing entry that is bordered by a cheerful white fence, and gracefully arched doorway.  

There is a strong Craftsman styling to this home which is highlighted when viewing the living room below.  Classic elements expected in a Craftsman  home are seen below with the following features--handsome and spacious fireplace, built in shelving, multiple and unique windows, and hardwood floors. 

Most certainly the imaginative windows are central to the desirability of the front room.  Light can flow in from multiple angles, and adds a luminous look to the room's atmosphere.  Views to

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This inviting Spanish Mediterranean styled home is located in the popular Claremont Pines neighborhood in the Oakland hills.  It's address-5641 Country Club Drive-reveals one of its best assets--it sits above the verdant grounds of the Claremont Country Club, and offers views of both the golf course, and a panoramic view of San Francisco and Oakland.  

This outstanding scene combines the captivating view of the Claremont Country Club greens with a sweeping view from Marin County and the Golden Gate Bridge, south to San Francisco and the Bay Bridge.  

Imagine waking up to this panorama every morning.  Plentiful windows and porches in the home guarantee all or part of this view daily.  

This extremely spacious gated front yard invites

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This dramatic multi-level home sits atop the hills of Piedmont, and offers stunning views of the Bay area from many of it desirable and varied windows and porches.  Extremely well located at 104 Requa Road, it features 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in a very spacious 3478sf +/-  of living area.  Its multilevel approach creates generous space for every room in the house, and offers flexibility in design within each.  

Its entrance is especially engaging.  Featuring a handsome overhanging porch, wide windows with paired shutters, colorful brick stairs and porch, and a pediment door entry, it offers a delightful curb appeal.  

  

The entry gives a taste of what is to come.  Bright light from the windows and white walls, contrast with the warm

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These stunning poolside views evoke remembered vacations trips to popular spots in Tahoe or Los Angeles, but they are conveniently located in a unique home in nearby Piedmont at 12 Littlewood Drive.  Sheltered among inviting stepped gardens and restful trees, this home is one that is certainly a joy to return to each evening.  It features 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in a very spacious 3627sf +/- of living space.  

The living room is awash in light from the large picture windows that open onto a stunning scene of the beautifully tended terraced gardens, and lush pool views.  The warm wooden ceilings match the equally appealing hardwood floors.  Anchored by a beautifully designed fireplace, the living room is a welcoming site for friends and

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This very attractive Mid-Century Modern style view home is located at 148 Sandringham Road in Piedmont.  Delightfully tucked in among well established trees and gardens, it offers 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in approximately 2092 sf of space. Well thought out in design and presentation, it is immediately impressive upon entry through the handsome door below.  

 

This very dramatic front room has so many things that make it true to its architectural roots of Mid-Century Modern.  The goal of bringing the outdoor light inside through expansive windows, the dramatic angled beam ceiling, and the imaginative fireplace all contribute to the design, as do the dramatic flat wall panels around the room.  

Because of its hill location, yet

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This home at 116 Dracena Avenue in Piedmont has very impressive curb appeal.  Its classic Mediterranean lines are revealed in its tile roofs, multiple window placement, and a handsome second floor balcony in front, complete with appealing iron railings.  It is designed in a manner that invites exterior light in through the plentiful windows of varied sizes and location.  Desirable brick steps lead up to an imaginative front  porch that is supported by a graceful pair of white pillars.  The final touch of lush greenery from established plants and trees, make this a truly inviting home.  

 

If the exterior entry was not appealing enough, the first impression as you walk through the solid arched doorway has to captivate your attention.

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This home, at 70 La Salle Avenue in Piedmont, has so much appeal.  If you if you enjoy being close to everything that the Bay Area has to offer, yet still look forward to returning to serene canyon views, and the warmth of the trees and gardens that this home features, you may want to consider it seriously.  There are 4 bedrooms and 3 baths here in a roomy 3627 sf +/- of space.

The concept of the Mid-Century Modern home was to attempt to bring the light and color from the outside gardens to the home's inner core.  This concept is well met in this residence.  

This bright and cheerful living room brings the above concept home.  Note the spacious front windows that draw the patio light and color in.  The front patio is a pleasant place

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