This handsome home, located at 5970 Ostrander Road in the Upper Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, has stunning curb appeal.  Lush green grass, and well established trees and greenery compliment this tall multi story gem with its imaginative front balconies.

It offers 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in a very generous 2724 sf +/- of living space.  Ideally placed, it is just moments from College Avenue, Berkeley's Elmwood neighborhood, and rapid access to Highways 24 and 13 and 580 for efficient commuting in any direction.  

The home's rear garden reflects the imagination and dedication that created this private retreat among a stunning array of greenery, shrubbery, plants and impressive trees on an 11,000 sq. ft. lot 

A central waterfall at the top of the garden offers a gentle accompaniment to the sounds of the breeze in the trees, and the birds that share them.  

A pair of handsome wooden entry doors open wide to reveal this expansive living room and dining room combination that is alight from sunlight flowing through just some of the many distinctive windows that will be seen in virtually every room of the home.

Whether the light enters from the impressive the floor to ceiling entry windows to the right, of from the pair of tall French doors to the left in the dining room, it is always a vital element in the home's appeal.    

Guests that move into the living room are immediately welcomed into the charm and warmth of this space.  Surrounded by the panorama of the exterior gardens and greenery, the living room is immediately engaging.   A pair of French doors open the rear patio of the home.

The right side of the room becomes a pleasant corner for relaxing and reading when desired, and its many windows create a perfect morning room effect that is often seen in many classically styled homes.  

Steps away from the living room is this inviting dining room.  It is well placed to permit formal entertaining when desired, but it is equally suitable as a site for a luncheon or buffet where guests can be serve, and then move outside through the French doors, as shown below.  

A pair of open fronted glass display cabinets on either side of the table are perfectly placed to hold favorite china, glassware and serving pieces.  

This gleaming white kitchen, with its richly colored hardwood floors, has been upgraded to make it especially effective and inviting.  The large central island provides generous workspace for the home chef, and effectively doubles as a serving platform for buffets, and an eat in kitchen for casual breakfasts and lunches.  

The dramatic coffered ceiling above ads a bit of drama to the already imaginative space.  A set of Bay windows has been created at the far side of this room that captures all the colors of the outdoors.  

Current amenities include a gas range/cooktop, dishwasher, refrigerator, stone counter and pantry.  

Certainly one of the most compelling features of this home is the family room, seen here.  Anchored by a floor to ceiling stone fireplace, and an extraordinary overhead open beam wood ceiling, it is an outstanding location for parties, events and gatherings.  

As with virtually every living space in the home, the family room is enhanced with tall, sunlight gathering windows throughout, and another set of French doors that continue to invite one outside to the serenity found there.  

There are three bedrooms in the home.  Certainly one of the most stunning is the primary suite, seen here.  The high vaulted ceiling adds both height and style to the room, and the generous floorspace offers a variety of design concepts.  

A cozy and inviting reading space is provided by a set of Bay windows.  

This outstanding primary bathroom features very generous counter space, dual sinks, a pair of large well lit mirrors, a spacious jet tub, a stall shower, and a walk in closet.  It is an inviting and well configured room.   

A second bedroom is a spacious, with a flexible floorplan, and a view balcony.

The third bedroom in the home offers both off white walls and carpeting, and it, too, is provided with a private covered balcony that is a delight.  

What a outstanding way to enjoy every minute of the sound, color and beauty that is provided by the home's rear garden.  

An additional perspective of the gardens reveals the flexibility of the space that will easily accommodate large groups for a celebration, or afternoon barbecue.

An all inclusive rear view of the residence reveals all that makes it highly desirable -from its dramatic architecture to its inspired landscaping.

If this inspired Oakland hills home is of interest to you, please call me with your questions and comments at (510) 517-6280.  It is being offered for sale for $2,195,000.  

(Listing Courtesy of Ann Lovi of Compass)

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