Tucked in a pleasant cul de sac in the Crocker Highlands neighborhood of Oakland at 836 Alma Place, is this very desirable Tudor style home.  It has impressive curb appeal with its classic architecture and the gracious patio seating to the right. 

It offers 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in approximately 2115 sf of living space.  It is exceptionally well located-just a short distance from the pleasant shops and restaurants of Dimond, Grand Lake and Montclair, and just a few moments from Highway 580 for effective commuting.   

There is an English country manor appearance to this home.  The sturdy front door, imaginatively trimmed with brick, the steeply pitched roofs, and the varied placement of windows, combined with the distinctive gardens and well established trees, all come together to create a very distinctive presence.  

The home's entry is equally distinctive.  The large front door opens to reveal a notable entryway that features a set of stairs with graceful wrought iron railings, and richly colored wooden treads.  A wide set of view windows on the landing draws in gleaming light from the front of the home.    

This spacious living room is literally aglow with light that flows in from virtually every angle.  The large bay windows at the far end invite immediate attention and admiration, as does the decorative (only) fireplace with its beautifully conceived mantelpiece on the left.  

The flexibility of this living area is impressive.  While a seating area is currently under the far Bay windows, the space could easily accommodate a pair of chairs and handsome table, or a window seat.  Each window opens to the outside garden.  

A wider view of both the living room and adjacent dining room reveals the generous amount of living space that is available, and the easy transition from one room to another for both guests and residents.  

Subtle touches of quality are seen throughout.  A handsome pair of French doors at the entry is complimented by a large built in bookcase for display of both books and collectibles.  

However, certainly the most impressive feature is the extent to which the quality of materials and workmanship has been invested into the entire home.  Windows, doors, entryways and ceiling and floors all have richly enhanced wood and woodworking throughout.  

As with every home of this era and quality, a formal dining room was a must for entertaining.   Just off the living room, and perfect for an easy transition at meal service, this room is enhanced with built in glass fronted cabinets designed to display the best china and glassware.  

A wall of gently curved windows with views to the outside trees and greenery compliments this gracious dining space.  

This updated kitchen is comfortably sized, and has numerous storage and display cabinets for storing favorite cooking and display pieces.  Brightened by two large view windows over the sink, it is well placed for serving food to both the adjacent dining room, and the charming patio area just outside the central door.  

Just off the kitchen is this charming dining nook with built in benches and view window-a perfect spot for a casual lunch or a quick breakfast.  

There are three bedrooms on the second floor of the home.  Two will be shown for your consideration.  The first, above, is expansive, and very comfortably accommodates a large bed and additional furniture. 

Also illustrated here is how beautifully the softly colored walls combine  with the golden colored hardwood floors throughout the home.    

This attractive bathroom on the second floor features a large stall shower, crisp off white coloring, and a dual sink with storage space below.  

A delightful second bedroom provides a dual set of windows, the largest of which is just under floor to ceiling in height, and is enhanced with a notable wrought iron exterior railing.  

An interior stairway leads down to the lower level of the residence to this very inviting space, the use of which is as flexible as one's imagination.  Easily utilized as family room, it could also function as an in-law unit, home studio, or large office space.  

Just beyond the room above is this highly functional space which affords a long sink and counter, and multiple levels of storage space.  A small dining area, with built in shelving, is equally useful.    Off to the right, and not seen here, is the laundry area, washer, and dryer.  

This bright and cheerful lower bathroom is particularly special should the lower space be designated as an in law unit.  

A bonus space on the lower level has been converted into this cozy office site.  

The front of the home, as seen in the opening picture above, has been adapted to offer a quiet retreat for gracious outdoor entertaining.  This patio area is imaginatively designed, and shaded by a gently colored pergola.

If this very distinctive home is of interest to you, please call me with your questions regarding it at (510) 517-6280.  It is being offered for sale for $1,195,000.   

(Listing Courtesy of Theresa D. Carlisle of Compass)

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