This handsome Mediterranean home, with its charming twin palm trees and freshly renovated garden, provides an instant and impressive curb appeal.  Located at 2311 7th Avenue in the Ivy Hill neighborhood of Oakland, it has been brilliantly updated throughout to create a stunning living space.  It offers 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in a very spacious 2705 sf +/- of floorspace. 

Located nearby are the shopping and dining venues of Lakeshore and Grand Avenues, The Saturday Grand Lake Farmers Market, and Lake Merritt await your attention, as does  the Highway 580 onramp for commuting.  There is no doubt that it is ideally located for both business and pleasure.  

(Note: this home belonged to the "Mother" of Mother's Cookies Leopoldine Mique-a partner with her husband Noah in this highly successful cookie company that was located in Oakland for decades, that began with her and her husband selling boxes of cookies out of a horse drawn cart, and ended up producing cookies from a large factory on 81st Street in Oakland.  From 1951-1971 she acted as Chairman of the Board of Directors, and later Director, Emeritus.) 

As one enters this home through this delightful Dutch door, one becomes immediately aware that something is distinctly different.  The home seems aglow from the light from the many windows, open doors, and expansive living spaces that have been created for visitors and residents alike.  

A spacious living room is immediately welcoming.  Its size, with its appealing central fireplace provides a broad range of potential designs opportunities. 

This room, and much of the entire home, has been diligently restored with deep attention to quality and innovation.  As you tour, note the new solid windows and doors, with restored hardware throughout.  

Just off the living room is one, of many, sets of doors that lead to the outside patio area.  Ideal as a quiet retreat for residents, it is equally suitable when hosting events.  

An additional perspective of the front room reveals its expansive picture window to the front of the home, and the easy transition to the kitchen and dining areas from the living room.    

This glowing kitchen area reflects the effort that has been devoted to creating new and vital living spaces for this home. 

This kitchen should please the most demanding of home chefs.  Supplemental lighting overhead gleams off the stone counter, wall tiles, and the generous working space provided by the central island and counters.  

A reverse perspective reveals the amenities that are provided.  In addition to the handsome cabinetry and pantry space, they include a breakfast bar, dishwasher, a BlueStar gas range cooktop, and refrigerator.  

Just off the kitchen is the very large dining area that easily accommodates a large multi-seat table, chairs,  and supplemental serving pieces.  For those who enjoy entertaining, this kitchen/dining combination is ideal.

A set of stairs lead to the second floor .  Classical in design, they have a distinctive white and black coloring which contrasts handsomely with the rich golden color of the hardwood flooring.

Just beyond the stairs is this charming seating area with its gracefully arched set of windows to the front of the home.  An ideal site for quiet reading and relaxing.  

There are 4 bedrooms in the home.  Three will be shown for your consideration.  The first, with its rich wooden trim, large closet and set of window seat beds on either side of the room, is both imaginative and flexible in its use.  

Steps away is this stunningly upgraded bathroom that has been imaginatively conceived in fine quality gleaming tile and glass.  An expansive dual sink, full length mirror over the spacious counter, and a delightful bathtub offer a brilliant ambiance.  

A second bedroom above offers this very imaginative space that is highlighted with a pair of distinctive mullioned windows 

This third bedroom is just at the top of the stairs, and, if not needed as a bedroom, is flexible enough to provide multiple uses- office, library, music room or playroom to cite just a few.  

Close by, another imaginative bathroom has been created with an magical combination of lights and tile.  

Returning downstairs, the multiple doors that lead from the interior invite friends and residents to enjoy the generous deck space and charm of the rear yard.  

A grassy lawn leads to a dining cabana that features a built in fireplace and pleasant gathering spaces.  Just above, left, is a gleaming Airstream trailer that can be utilized as a rental or guest house, if desired.  

If this very unique home, and its many, many distinctive features is of interest to you, please call me at (510) 517-6280 with your inquiries.  The residence is being offered for sale for  $1,395,000.  

(Listing Courtesy of Andrew Pitarre of Compass)

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