This classically styled Tudor home at 6 Downey Place in Oakland has outstanding curb appeal-from its white picket fence, front shade tree, pleasant front gardens, to its decorative half timbers and mullioned windows, it is exceptional.  Located in the Crocker Highlands neighborhood, it is just moments away from the in demand shopping and dining venues of Grand and Lakeshore Avenues, and Montclair Village.  It offers 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms in approximately 1959 sf of living space.  

Stepping through the front decorative iron gate, guests are welcomed by impressive brickwork that leads them to the home, arches impressively over the sturdy front door, and defines the central section of the home's frontage.  Continuing the Tudor theme architecturally, both sides of the exterior feature the classic half-timbering that one expects to see in this architectural style.  

This spacious entryway, with richly colored tile floors, is enhanced by this handsome stairwell to the second floor, provides plentiful space for a guest closet, and a means by which guests are guided easily into the adjacent living area. 

There is no question that this home, while ideal for gracious living, is especially well suited for entertaining.  Everything is designed for easy movement from one room to another, and from indoors to the outside grounds.  The central fireplace is a centerpiece around which friends can gather on cooler evenings, and the expansive floorspace encourages multiple arrangements of furnishings to meet the unique requirements of residents.  As you tour the home, be sure to notice the dramatic overhead beams throughout the home that contrast beautifully with the creamy white walls and ceilings.  

A reverse perspective shows the width and breadth of the living room, the French doors opening to the outside deck, and the stairs to the formal dining room, which, in a home of this era and decor, promises to be impressive.  

Moving outside through the French doors from the living room, guests discover a congenial two level deck that offers a perfect spot for afternoon teas or a light luncheon. 

When formal dining is desired, there could be no better choice than the one featured above.  With plentiful space for a large dining table and multiple chairs, it furnishes additional space for a buffet server or formal side table.  Architecturally, it is highlighted by the stunning mullioned window that allows light to stream in from the outdoors.  Added appeals are the subtle hardwood floors, the crown molding, and the wainscoting throughout the room.  

Nearby, and just off the kitchen, is this delightful kitchen nook.  The two cleverly designed wall units are perfect for storing china and serving pieces, while displaying glassware and collectibles.  It is a perfect spot for a quick breakfast or sandwich.  

Worthy of note is that this kitchen nook opens to both the kitchen and the outside dining deck, and as such, will allow food to be easily moved from the a kitchen to the awaiting guests.  


Moving into this handsomely updated kitchen, a chef, whether dedicated or casual, has to be impressed with the expansive floorspace and working counter space that is available.  Amenities include a  stone counter, a gas range/cooktop, and a dishwasher.  


Equally plentiful is the storage space provided by the drawers and cabinets that are seen at every level, allowing easy access as needed for meal preparation.   

Stepping up to the second floor, the handsome staircase provides a view window of the gardens, and invites in gentle light from the outside.  

There are two bedrooms on the second floor--both are quite spacious, and awash in light from the generously sized windows in each room. Be sure to note the darker wooden hardwood floors that contrast handsomely with the rich and extensive white wooden trim around the ceiling, windows, baseboards and doorways.  

The second bedroom encompasses all the quality elements of the first, but has an extra enhancement in the form of a pair of doors that open to the outside grounds and greenery.  

The lower floor has been developed into this impressive master bedroom suite complete with built in display bookcases that run the entire length of the right wall.  It is a perfect retreat, and is paired with an en suite bathroom.  

Stepping into the back yard, one discovers something unique.  In a very imaginative manner, the original garage space has been reconstituted into a delightful back yard venue for entertaining year round.  No matter what the weather, this welcoming attraction will assure a comfortable and private venue for guests.  Just steps away from the interior is the adjacent brick patio that features seating for many more visitors.  

A reverse perspective reveals this pleasant and relaxing location for an afternoon's gathering and dining.  

If this outstanding home, or another, has caught your attention, I encourage you to contact me promptly at (510) 517-6289 with your questions and interest.  It is being offered for sale for $1,450,000.  

(Listing Courtesy Of Anthony Riggins, Sotheby's International Realty, Inc.)

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