Splendid brown shingle homes have always been in high demand throughout the Bay area.  Developed as a quality home in Piedmont, Oakland, and most particularly in the Berkeley hills , they offer a simple elegance that is well treasured.

This handsome home, at 557 Crofton Avenue, with its dramatic curb appeal, is located in the Grand Lake area of Oakland between Lakeshore and Grand Avenue, an, as such, is ideally placed close to the many unique shops and restaurants of both streets, Lake Merritt, and the Saturday Farmers Market.  

It offers 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in approximately 2154 sf of living space.  

A classic veranda, with a pergola style roof, awaits guests.  This is  perfect place to relax, chat, and enjoy the lush surrounding gardens.  

The expanse of the living area is impressive.  The entire design concept of this room is to create as warm, and inviting ambiance as possible for both residents and guests.

The room is literally awash in light flowing in from each and every wall of gracefully arched, multi-paned windows around the room.  These windows, in turn, are framed within softly curving structural arches above them.  

A far wall is anchored by this distinctive period fireplace with its unique architectural trim and large mantel that is perfect for a display of art, candles, or collectibles.  

Just to the right of the fireplace is this unique living space that is as flexible as one's needs dictate.  It is an ideal sun room for reading and relaxation, but could just as easily become a personal office with a very spacious built in bookcase with generous storage space below.   

Across from the bookcase, a pair of French doors open out to the home's front porch, while the spacious front windows invite in views of the exterior trees and greenery.  

Note: Worthy of consideration as one tours the home, is the dedication to fine workmanship and quality construction.  Extensive wooden trim that enhances the graciousness of each room is seen throughout at every ceiling, arch, door entry, and window.

An excellent example is seen in the dining room below.   Further, most of the rooms contain beautifully colored and upgraded hardwood floors.   

An expected feature of any home of this quality is a large, formal dining room for entertaining.  This room is generous in size, and is enhanced with the presence of distinctive, and virtually wall to wall windows that offers views of the soothing exterior greenery.  

This inviting kitchen is perfect for both preparing and serving food-whether formally or informally.  Located just off the dining room, it is both bright and welcoming. 

 There is plentiful serving and preparation space. To the right, a long counter with chairs creates an eat in kitchen site for simple and quick dining, while below, an additional table and two chairs offers a more relaxed opportunity while enjoying the views of the gardens.  

A set of French doors opens to the multiple decks located outside, and provides an efficient access to the area when hosting outdoor parties and barbeques.  

Wonderful old growth trees and greenery provide gentle shade and beauty to two outdoor decks at the rear of the home.  For those who enjoy entertaining, this home is an immediate choice.  

There are two bedrooms on the main floor.  The first, seen here, is remarkable in that it provides a virtual wall of windows with views to the lush greenery outside. Many of the windows open to enhance the experience.  

A second bedroom, comfortable in size, continues the overall design theme of softly colored off white walls and handsome light brown hardwood floors.  

A large tub, stall shower, and bright white walls, enhance the upstairs bathroom.  

This restful downstairs bedroom has a separate garden entrance through the French doors to the left.  

A reverse perspective reveals the both the appeal and utility of this room.  An en suite bathroom is complimented with a walk in closet to the immediate left.  

This very private and charming living space is easily accommodated to an office.  The attractive built in bookcase invites that use.  It could also be an arts and craft room, or a music room, if preferred.  

If this truly stunning home with its beauty and serenity,  is of interest to you, I encourage you to call me promptly with your questions at (510)517-6280.  This residence is being offered for sale for $1,378,000.     

Posted by Bruce Wagg on


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