Outstanding Oakland Hillside Urban Farm Retreat

Posted by Bruce Wagg on Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 at 9:03am.


This handsome gateway, with its overarching pergola, and clever mini Dutch door pairing, is unique, and reflects the design imagination that will be seen throughout the house and gardens.  Located at 4415 Saint Andrews Road in the Sequoyah neighborhood of Oakland, it offers 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms in approximately 1840 sf of living space.  

The home is ideally situated in the hills above Oakland, and not far from the shops and restaurants of Montclair Village.  Just  a short trip to nearby Highways 13 and 580 provides rapid access to Rockridge, Berkeley, Oakland, and on to San Francisco.  The hills above offer numerous hiking and biking trails, and the Chabot Science Center and Knowland Park Zoo just moments away.  

The walkway to the entry reveals the effort that has been made to have the home harmonize perfectly with its wooded surroundings.  Lush, well established greenery and flower beds are a delight, and the bright red door, and the soft light wood color of the home's cedar siding exterior creates and ideal balance of colors between all of these elements.

Just to the left of the entrance is this delightful front patio that is a perfect location for pleasant luncheons, parties, or a quiet retreat among the sheltering trees.  

This view from the property grounds reveals why this residence can be properly identified as an urban retreat.  On nearly an acre of land, It has been conceived with the goal of providing soothing privacy among wooded grounds, combined with the joy and creativity of an urban farm,. 

The entry into the living room reveals the gleaming presence of three expansive view windows, each topped with desirable clerestory windows, all of which are designed to invite the delightful outside inside, visually.   

The off white walls combine perfectly with the lightly colored hardwood floors, and the impressive central fireplace provides an dramatic focal point for the room.  

Steps away, is this warmly colored dining room, with generous floorspace for an amply sized table and serving table or buffet. With the room located just off the kitchen, the food service can be easy and prompt, whether to the table itself, or though the large sliding glass doors to the rear patio area. 

Worthy of note throughout the home, and seen here, and in the living room above, is the soft and plentiful supplemental lighting in the overhead ceilings. 

The kitchen in one that should please the most demanding of chefs.  It manages to combine the rustic with the modern, which certainly fits the home's concept.  The dark, richly colored cabinets and open beam ceiling combine handsomely with the gleaming appliances seen throughout the room.  They include a dishwasher, a free standing range oven, and a refrigerator. 

 The centrally placed island with a stone counter seen above, provides a dual function of a supplemental workspace with a dine in kitchen concept.  The large cabinet seen here anchors one of the walls, and affords more than adequate storage for favorite china, glassware and serving pieces.  The cabinet also provides a well lit small counter space that is well suited to a bar or buffet server.  

An additional perspective of the kitchen offers a sense of the generous floorspace that is available for a busy chef when meal preparation can be demanding.  

As indicated earlier, there is a rear patio just off the dining room and kitchen.  Topped with a dramatic overhead pergola, it is expansive in size, and flexible in use.  It easily accommodates multiple chairs and tables and still have space left over. 

A perfect place for entertaining, it can compliment the front patio for hosting parties or other other special events.   

There are three bedrooms in the residence.  Two will be shown for your consideration.  The first, seen above, is the primary bedroom, and offers pleasant amenities, the most obvious of which is the enormous view window that reveals soothing tree top scenery.  Just to the rear right is a cozy reading nook.

The handsome primary bathroom provides an outstanding selection of amenities that includes double sinks, radiant heating, a stall shower, and updated bath. The open door is worthy of note because it leads to a sheltered and private hot tub just steps away.  

Just steps from the primary bedroom is this welcoming hot tub.  Enhanced by surrounding trees, it is a private corner that is ideal as a soothing retreat.  

A generously sized second bedroom reveals views of the garden area, and can easily include a large bed, a pair of nightstands, and a dresser.  

This imaginative, and very desirable office is perfect for those who are currently working from home.  It is a quiet corner among the dramatic downslope landscaping, complete with porch and sliding glass doors. 

Stepping inside the space, it can be seen that it provides an ideal all day refuge if desired.  With a kitchen space for meals, and a large office workspace, its uses are flexible and varied.

Moving again to the front patio of the home, this perspective reveals the substantial outdoor living space that combines the patio area with this expansive wooden deck nestled under (and among) gracefully sheltering trees.  

Moving to the side of the home, one immediately becomes aware of why this home has been dubbed an urban farm.  Variously sized raised garden beds are well established, and provide opportunities for the growing of favored plants and vegetables in a very spacious yard.  Off to the right is a  functioning chicken coop for those who would like their own fresh eggs in the morning.  

If this ideal combination of rural and sophisticated modern living appeals to you, please call me promptly with your questions and interest.  I can be reached at (510) 517-6280.  The home is being offered for sale for $1,299,000.  

(Listing Courtesy of Doug Sager and Matthew Detert of The Grubb Company)


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