This outstanding home, located at 174 Alta Road in Oakland's Upper Rockridge neighborhood is immediately impressive in both style and size.  It is a home for gracious living and entertaining.  

It offers 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms in a very expansive 2736 sf of living space.  

The living room is perfectly conceived with very generous floorspace, a high peaked ceiling highlighted with a dark open cross beam, and a wall of view windows that are enclosed in a pair of floor to ceiling French doors that lead to a marvelous view porch.  

The floor to ceiling fireplace deserves special attention.  It is artfully conceived, and offers a floor to ceiling architectural statement of its presence, a promise of welcoming warmth, and a handcrafted metal fireplace screen.  

The home's architectural concept is Mediterranean, and that theme is seen throughout as one tours the property. 

This theme stresses indoor/outdoor living, as seen here, red tile roofing with intermittent wooden beams, and, as will be seen below, arched windows, doorways, and high ceilings.  

Just off the living room is this gleaming dining room that is very well placed off both the kitchen and living room, and is especially inviting.  It is large enough to accommodate multiple guests, with room for side tables, a cocktail bar, or buffet server.   

A reverse perspective reveals a unique pair of sliding glass doors that can be opened to provide access to the immediately adjacent kitchen.

Just off the dining room is this perfectly placed kitchen that has been carefully updated to please the most creative home chef.  

This excellent combination of large floorspace, wide stone counter space, and a high, well lit, overhead ceiling, creates an inviting and effective workspace.  Recently updated, the kitchen offers a dishwasher, a freestanding range/oven, and a refrigerator,

Just off the kitchen is this glowing family room that is especially useful for casual lunches, early Sunday morning meals, or a small party. 

Guests can easily interact with the chef as meals are prepared, and the kitchen counter to the right can be used as a bar, or serving counter for food.  

When the time is right, guests can easily transition from this space to step outside to enjoy the exterior view deck through the French doors.  

What a charming spot to enjoy an early morning cup of coffee, or share lunch with a friend.  Surrounded by the serenity of the adjacent hillsides, and topped with an long established tree, it is a delight.

A graceful wrought iron stairway leads to the home's rear yard.  

These rear steps provide access to a private rear yard that boasts extensive and varied plantings, and grass for outside activities.  

The full view of the gardens and rear of the home, as seen here, reveals its immediate appeal.  

As indicated earlier, there are four bedrooms in the house.  The first, seen here, is the primary bedroom, and is certainly one of the most impressive of the four.  Much has been done to create a striking and inviting living space.  

This view of the bedroom reveals its size and flexibility in terms of potential placement of additional amenities to compliment the comfortable bed.  Soft chairs, a handsome chest of drawers, and a vanity or bookcase are just some potential options.

Nearby, French doors open out onto one's own private personal view deck.  

This cozy view deck offers a quiet respite from a busy day, and its pleasing wrought iron railings add a special pleasure to the spot.  

Returning inside, one has to be taken by the adjacent bathroom that is anchored by a delightful claw foot tub with its own garden view.  

Close by is a dual sink marble topped counter with a full width mirror, a nearby stall shower and tub, and window that captures the exterior light.

Just steps away is this personal floor to ceiling walk in closet.

A second, and very flexible, bedroom space is close by.  While it is currently being used as a bedroom, if it is not needed as such, given its size, and floor to ceiling bookcases, it could easily be converted into an office, or a larger family room.

Also on the lower floor is this cozy living space that has a door that opens directly onto the back yard of the residence.  

The fourth and final bedroom has a large closet with wooden sliding glass doors, and a set of three view windows.  

If this wonderful combination of indoor/outdoor living that is offered by this home is your future, I encourage you to contact me promptly regarding it.  

Please contact me with your questions and interest at (510) 517-6280.  The home is being offered for sale for $1,699,000.  

    (Listing Courtesy of Margot Martin of The Grubb Company)

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