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

This warm and welcoming home with its classic Craftsman architecture is ideally located in the Elmwood neighborhood and is immediately adjacent to the Rockridge neighborhood---both of which are two of the most popular dining and shopping venues in the area.

Located at 2917 Ashby Avenue in Berkeley, it offers 3 bedrooms, 2/12 baths, and expansive, lush gardens ideal for relaxation and entertaining.  Built in 1916, it reflects the imagination and creativity that was invested in the homes in the neighborhoods that surrounded the UC Berkeley campus.  The front entrance shows the attention given to making a visitor feel welcome upon arrival.  A classic wooden front door is surrounded by imaginative windows, and a pair of handsome ceramic lions add to

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This dramatic contemporary home is stunning in design and imagination.  Located in the hills above Oakland at 4200 Bemis Street, it is a quiet retreat, yet close to everything in the area.  It offers a spacious 4360 sf +/- of space and 4 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms to add to the appeal.  Its dual levels offer panoramic views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, the East Bay, and warm hillside sites. Both levels allow multiple opportunities to relax and enjoy these amenities.  Be sure to note the in-ground swimming pool and cabana just below the main house.

The view of the charming entryway, with its unique peaked roof, highlights the stunning Bay area spread out below you that is visible from a majority of the rooms in the home.  Three garages

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 Very rarely do homes combine as many desirable elements as does 145 Lexford Road.  Well located in Piedmont, it offers panoramic San Francisco and Bay views from every level. Additionally, it has been designed by Val Arnold--named one of the Ten Most Important Designers in America as designated by Architectural Digest.  Its creative and imaginative space is welcoming and pleasing, and there are 5 bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths to add to the overall appeal.   

The commanding central fireplace and dramatic ceiling are just the first indications of the creativity and imagination to be seen throughout the house.  The open floor plan draws you in every direction, but the most impressive  pull is that of the multiple tall glass doors that lead to gracious

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  This gracious home at 1 Bellevue Avenue, Piedmont, is surprising in its scope and design.  Recently renovated, it offers an amazing 6 bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths, and imagination throughout.  The welcoming front gardens, sweeping driveway, peaked front roof, and multi-pane windows evoke the English Tudor style of the house.  It rises to 3 or more stories, and includes a full basement and attached garage.  

As with all fine homes, it has a dramatic entryway that offers you access in many different directions.  The sturdy Tudor style front door, parquet floors, dramatic beamed ceiling, and impressive staircase all contribute to the immediate appeal upon entry.  


Directly to the right, a comfortable and spacious living room awaits guests. Once

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  This handsome Mediterranean styled home at 112 Estates Drive in Piedmont offers innovative design inside and out.  It manages to be classic, without being dated.  Built by architect Earl McDonald in 1936, it offers 4 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths and plenty of backyard space.  

  As you walk up the charming walkway, you are enveloped by a pleasant front garden.  A  classic stone stairway, and a cozy porch leads you to a very attractively incised wood front door.  

As you enter the home, you are immediately struck by the entry way that includes unique stone flooring,  a beautiful and dramatic stairway complete with graceful metal railings, and a charming window with a colorful image of a parrot 

An immediate right turn places you in

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This elegant & Majestic European Chateau d'Aimee rests atop a sun-drenched knoll overlooking the Orinda Hills.


The 5,067 SF Tuscan villa reminiscent of classical Renaissance architecture. is situated on 0.78 acres surrounded by California Oaks: Total privacy and seclusion yet within walking distance to downtown and public transportation. Spectacular waterfall entry leads to a grand sweeping staircase and a dramatic living room with carved marble fireplace & maple/walnut inlaid floors, carved moldings.

Formal dining room showcases a magnificent Dresden chandelier & matching scones with built-in china cabinet.

The kitchen of Clive Christian design with kitchen showcases saga green cabinetry chalked in gold & marbling

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This grand and elegant home designed by Albert in 1911 is now on market for the first time in 60 years! Located at 1504 Oakland Avenue in Piedmont, this handsome colonial home is definitely a dream for everyone. Not too far away is the Children’s Fairyland and Chabot Space and Science Center which is a perfect place for your kids to enjoy on weekend. While the curb is eye-catching, inside is very spacious and offers 5 bedrooms, 3 full baths and 1 half bath. It also has a 2 car garage with a legal apartment above.

Inside is a spacious living room with a white immaculate wall that looks great against the hardwood floor. Note the wide glass window that surely invites the fresh air and sunshine from the outside. The fireplace is inviting for a nice

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This charming home surrounded by rhododendrons and luscious greens is located at 5908 Alhambra Ave. in Oakland. This cozy home has 1600 square ft. of living space and features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. It also has a separate garage with newly installed concrete floors and can fit 2 cars. 

The door itself is very eye-catching and inviting with its decorative stained glass.

The living room is spacious and centered around a gas fireplace with floor to ceiling stone facade that is accentuated with pin lights which sets a very relaxing mood. Notice the elegant carpet on the hardwood floor. The living room is a sight of elegance with its artistic wall decors.

The dining area is simple but beautiful with its cozy dining table

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This appealing home is ideally located in the Leona Heights neighborhood of Oakland, and, as such, offers an ideal base for so many opportunities. Situated in the hills above the Warren Freeway, at 4610 Stauffer Place, it is close to the many shops and restaurants of  Montclair Village and Lincoln Square.  Other nearby attractions include the Leona Park Trail, The Chabot Space and Science Center, Chabot College, and the Oakland Zoo.   

The attractive front door opens to reveal a home with a  welcoming ambiance that features an open and level floor plan leading directly to the living room .  Be sure to note the gleaming hardwood floors, the French door off to the right, and the gently arched entryway into the living room.  

One of the

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This bright and cheerful live/work condominium is located in the heart of the excitement of the Jack London Square area at 222 Broadway-Unit 312--The Ellington Building.  It would be difficult to find a location that has so much to offer.  Whether you are interested in all the shops, art galleries, local breweries or wineries, or the amazing variety of restaurants just moments away, you are sure to find choices that will please you.  Transportation sources include local buses to BART, Amtrak, the Oakland/Alameda Ferry.  You may not need any of these resources if you work in nearby downtown Oakland.  

This kitchen and living area is bathed in shimmering light from the expansive windows seen below.  It is hard to resist the warmth and charm that they

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