This sweeping view of the Bay area is one that is available from the upper yard of the home at 4240 Harbor View Avenue in Oakland's Redwood Heights neighborhood.  It is one that is highly desirable, and provides an ever changing visual experience as the time of day and seasons change. The home offers 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bedrooms in approximately 1765 sf of living space. 

Ideally located, the residence is close to the shops and restaurants of Montclair Village, and just moments from the confluence of Highways 13 and 580, furnishing easy transportation south to Castro Valley and the Tri Valley area, or north to Oakland and Berkeley.  Just above the home are the the hiking and biking trails of Roberts Regional Park, and both the  Chabot Science Center and Knowland Park Zoo are close by.  

An additional perspective furnishes this perfectly designed outside deck area that is an ideal retreat on a lazy day, but is more that well suited for entertaining large groups of guests, if desired.  The adjacent yard is expansive, as will be seen in views below. The curtains that surround the deck are easily adapted to protect from the bright sun or breezy afternoon, or can be pull back to reveal the full panorama below.

The front of the home is highlighted with two sets of handsome garden beds just awaiting lush plantings, and the garage affords one quick and easy off street parking.  

The entry to the home is welcoming.  Set under a graceful entry arch, it is composed of a set of two dark wooden doors with matching sets of semi-transparent glass panels.  

The entry hall is impressive.  A high off white ceiling with a very decorative entry lamp, is complimented with a subtle grey tile flooring. Additionally attractive is the lengthy side wall that is well suited to the pleasant and practical bench that is placed there.  

An archway provides entry into this generously sized living room.  Glowing light flows in from side windows, creating a warm and welcoming ambiance for both residents and guests.   The size of the room easily invites numerous configurations of furniture placement, with the goal of creating the perfect design concept.  

A slightly different viewpoint reveals the adjacent formal dining room that is just steps away, and perfectly located for entertaining guests at a dinner party or luncheon.  

The dining room easily accommodates the six seated table seen here, but there is more than sufficient floor space for a much larger table, a large buffet, and another serving table against the far wall, making entertaining both comfortable and relaxing.  

A reverse view here of the dining room and living room reveals much of the wall of view windows in both rooms, all of which continues through to this family room/eat in kitchen area featuring its own floor to ceiling vistas.  

This kitchen has been dramatically updated, and provides multiple amenities that should please those who enjoy entertaining.  It is anchored by a large central island that serves multiple functions, some of which which includes an eat in counter for simple breakfasts or lunches, a large workspace for food preparation, and a spacious storage unit below.  Also visible here is the liberal amount of stone counter working space throughout the room.   

Also, worthy of note is the handsome fireplace in the adjacent family room, and the generous amount of supplemental overhead lighting that brings warmth and cheer to an already pleasant ambiance. 

A  reverse view shows the updated appliances that include a dishwasher, gas range/cooktop, and refrigerator.  

Just outside the kitchen and family room is this inviting view balcony for guests and residents, allowing them to step outside to enjoy the scenes below.

There are three bedrooms in the residence.  Two will be shown for your review.  The first, seen here, is comfortably sized, and easily provides suitable floorspace for two double beds and nightstand.  

The second bedroom is even more generous in size than the previous bedroom above, and has its own en suite bathroom with tub and shower.  

Just outside at the rear of the home is a large platform that is easily accessed as a patio space for simple dining and relaxing.  There is more than sufficient space to include chairs, tables and additional seating.  

An overhead view of the backyard reveals the outstanding amenities that are available for recreation and entertaining.  This green space is especially ideal for larger groups and varied activities, providing enough room to accommodate it all.   

Special attention should be directed to the extensive plantings and greenery that have been developed at the rear of the home, and to the stairs that lead upwards to the exceptional leisure area above the home.  The lower grounds create a soothing greenspace for the home below, but continue to appeal as they lead upwards to the play area.  

One of the satisfactions of living of the Oakland hills is to be able to obtain a home that can provide the pleasure and vistas that this one does.  If this outstanding residence, or another, has caught your attention and interest, please call me with your questions at (510) 517-6280.  The home is being offered for sale for $1,095,000.  

(Listing Courtesy of Aaron D. Brown of Perspective Real Estate)

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