This beautifully remodeled condominium unit at 5816 Ayala Avenue in Oakland, is well located next to all that Rockridge and Upper Telegraph have to offer.  It features 2 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths in a very comfortable 1,740 +/- sf of living space.  The gracefully arched front windows, and the richly colored hardwood floors compliment a generously sized living room that is flexible enough to accommodate a variety of potential room designs.

Guests are greeted with this pleasant entryway that has a textbook trimmed front wooden door, a mirrored guest closet, and a gently curved archway into the living room.  As you tour the home, be sure to notice the presence of these archways over the entrances to most of the rooms in the residence.

A second consideration reveals the contrast of colors in the room.  The dark wooden trim around the windows, floors and baseboards contrasts impressively with the cream colored walls and ceiling. Gleaming light flows in through the virtually floor to ceiling front windows, and subtle greenery edges the front of the home.

A reverse perspective reveals the path to rest of the home.  A stylish glass paned wooden door to the left leads to the bedroom space, and to the right is the formal dining room, kitchen, and family room.  

The size of this dining room is quite impressive, especially when including two handsome built in display cabinets that combine the best of display spaces for glasses, china and serving pieces, with a buffet serving center shelf seen on the right.  

 Adjacent to the dining room is this cheerful and charming updated kitchen.  Amenities include a caesarstone counter, a dishwasher, a double oven, a refrigerator, a freestanding range/oven, and a pantry.  Adding to the ambiance is the glowing skylight better seen in the view below.   

A reverse view of the kitchen shows the kitchen counter that serves two very effective purposes-first as a generous workspace, and secondly, doubling  as a breakfast bar for family.  Yet another use could include a place for guests to chat with the chef while meals are being prepared.  Immediately adjacent is this delightful family room which is ideally suited for entertaining.   

As mentioned above, this spacious family room is a perfect spot for entertaining.  A large buffet server to the left is an ideal space for placing food, beverages and china when hosting meals, and is equally effective as a formal display for books, or favorite collectibles when not in that use.  While meals are being prepared, guests can easily step outside and enjoy the sunny patio.   

 One of the most impressive element of this home is the stunning private patio and lush gardens at the rear of the unit- as seen here.  The tall hedges and extensive plantings assure privacy, and the elegant iron gate leads to a spacious garden seen just beyond.  

While this home has been imaginatively designed in such a way that while there are two formal bedrooms, there is also this delightful and flexible upstairs bonus space which is currently being used here a office space/retreat.  Once of its most desirable features is this expansive skylight that encourages the entry of warmth and glow of the day.  

There are two bedrooms on the lower floor.  The first, seem here, is spacious, features richly colored hardwood floors, and offers views of the outside patio.  

A slightly different perspective of the bedroom reveals a four door closet space, and generously sized six drawer chest of drawers with a desirable tabletop display space above.  

The second bedroom is equally appealing, and continues the theme of  warmly colored hardwood floors and lightly colored walls.  

This home features outstanding patio and garden space.  Just below the family room balcony seen earlier, is this gracious and private patio space surrounded by these well chosen plants and greenery that add to the charm.    

The full expanse of the courtyard space is shown here, and it is generous in size..  This courtyard space is shared with the adjacent condominium owner as seen above.  The listing agent states that the both condo owners share only one wall with each other for both units.  

Just beyond the patio area through a pair of graceful iron gates seen above, is a large outside garden, lushly planted  to create an engaging park like atmosphere.  

This delightful expanse of greenery tucked into the backyard of this home is just waiting to be enjoyed by all.  Perfect for celebrations and parties, or just as a pleasant retreat, it is flexible and ready for use.  

This engaging exterior is traditionally designed, and configured with imaginative and matching sets of windows for each of the two units seen here.  Additionally seen here is a single garage space for each unit.  If this condominium unit described above, or one similar, appeals to you, I encourage you to call me with your questions and interest at (510) 517-6280.  The single unit seen above is being offered for sale for $1,250,000.  

(Listing Courtesy of Helene Barkin of The Grubb Company)

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