This spacious and dramatic family room is located in a captivating home that has just been listed for sale at 1608 Mountain Boulevard.  It is just one of many engaging rooms featured in this residence that is located the popular Fernwood neighborhood of Oakland.  This room offers a desirable open beam peaked ceiling, a dramatic central fireplace with room for side cushion seating, and beautifully styled inset windows along the side wall.  Of further appeal is that its floor plan provides a variety of potential design combinations, depending on preference and need.   

Nestled among well established greenery and a wide variety of selected trees and plants, this imaginative home is surprising in its charm and design.  It offers 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms in a comfortable 1914 +/- sf of living space.  

Guests are greeted with this unique front entryway that features a distinctly Spanish flavor.  Included features are broad stone steps, a handsome beamed archway, red tile roof, a wrought iron lamp, and a sturdy wooden front door with arched viewing panel.  

A spacious entry with its richly colored wooden flooring, gentle arches, and imaginative wrought iron stair railing, reveals the living room to the left, and the steps to the dining room directly ahead.  

There is no question that this home was designed for comfort and charm.  It is also ideally suited for entertaining, as will soon be seen.  This wide view reveals the substantial space devoted to the living room and dining room area.   The dark beamed peak ceiling, gentle arched entryways, and beautifully curved, multi-paned front window all add special elements to the living space.

This graciously arched window allows in the gleaming outdoor light and the multi-colored impressions from the outside gardens.

A reverse perspective of the living room reveals the central stone fireplace around which many parties and events can be held.  It is capped with a classical inset arch that is designed to feature a special piece of art or memorabilia.  Two more inset arches are seen on the far wall.

A formal dining room was expected in all homes of this era, and this one is a classic.  Just a few steps up from the living room, it is inviting and flexible in use.  Worthy of note is that it provides the classic built in glass topped display cabinet that allows for convenient storage of the best china dishes and serving pieces below, and a glass windows above to reveal favorite glassware. 

Adjacent to the dining room is the sun room seen here.  It is ideally suited to its needs as a sun room with its wall of windows, and, additionally, it compliments the dining room with its multiple storage and display cabinets.  

Just off the dining room is this cheerful and sunny kitchen with its large picture window over the sink.  Plentiful workspace abounds here, and amenities include a stone counter, a dishwasher, and gas range/cooktop.  

Be sure to note the plentiful storage space afforded by cabinets at every level.  Above is space for dishes, and favorite serving pieces, as well as glassware.  Below would be ideal for linens or varied choices of items of cookware.  Immediately adjacent to the kitchen is this convenient and well placed laundry room.  

Worthy of note is that off the kitchen in the opposite direction, is the impressive family room (seen above) at the opening of this tour.  The placement of the kitchen allows easy service of food directly to the dining or family room should the need arise.  

 There are 3 bedrooms in the residence, two of which will be shown for your consideration.  The first, above, is a spacious, well lit room complete with richly colored hardwood floors, and two attractive windows that open to the exterior gardens.  

The second bedroom reveals the options available for an creative design and floor plan.  Rich wooden trim around all the windows and doors, combined with desirable hardwood floors make this a potential showplace.  

This well established backyard is very generous in size, and is a perfect retreat on a quiet sunny afternoon.  Long established trees and greenery provide a gentle privacy, if desired, but  the space is equally adaptable to various opportunities of use and entertaining-perhaps a formal tea or luncheon.  Off to the side, not seen here, is a detached garage that can be adopted to different uses, as well.

As was mentioned above, this home is ideal for entertaining-whether formal or casual. What better illustration than this custom built fireplace around which many a pleasant evening could be spent.  

 This home is ideally located close to the popular restaurants and shops of Montclair and Rockridge, and routes to Oakland, San Francisco and Contra Costa County.  It is being offered for sale for $1,095,000.  It this residence, or another, has caught your interest, I encourage you to call me promptly regarding it at (510) 517-6280.  

(Listing Courtesy of Theresa Carlisle of Compass Real Estate) 


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