This handsome Tudor style home, located at 12 Van Sicklen Place in Oakland has impressive curb appeal, with a touch of English country manor in is construction.  Its steeply pitched and overlapping roofs, and sturdy front door reflect its historic  architectural roots, and the rich green of the grass and plantings add softness and charm.  It offers 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms in a very generous 3097 sf +/- of living space.  

Crocker Highlands is one of the best located neighborhoods in the city.   The many shops, restaurants and recreational activities that surround nearby Grand and Lakeshore Avenues include the Grand Lake Farmers Market, the classic Grand Lake Theater ((closed now for Covid), Lakeside Park, and Children's Fairyland. Jogging and biking around Lake Merritt is a daily event for many area residents.  Highways 580 and 13 are close by for rapid commuting downtown or to San  Francisco. 

The gardens and outdoor patios are the highlight of the home.  Lush trees, plants, shrubs, flowers and greenery abound, and the the home's innovative indoor/outdoor living concept provides guests and residents many opportunities to enjoy them.  

The expansive living room is highlighted with a handsome fireplace with a generously sized decorative mantel offering sufficient space to allow displays of favorite art and collectibles.  Two side windows combine with an set of three front picture windows to provide gleaming sunlight from virtually every angle.  

Just off the living area is this classic formal dining room- the perfect place in which to serve an elegant meal for guests.  All homes of this era and elegance were expected to entertain in a classic formal setting similar to this, and this location does not disappoint.  

For days when outdoor luncheons and teas are considered, the pair of large French doors seen here can be opened to invite guests to move freely from one venue to another during events.  

The doors from the dining room lead to this marvelous upper deck that furnishes views of the surrounding ambiance and the expansive gardens below.  While a lovely retreat on a pleasant day, it is just as easily well suited to entertaining.  

A great deal of effort was devoted to updating the kitchen, and to afford the most discriminating chef the preparation space for creating exceptional meals for both residents and guests.  Amenities include a Viking four burner gas range with griddle, a 36" Bosch French door refrigerator, a dishwasher, abundant multi-level storage space, and generous stone counter space.  

On lazy days when casual living is preferred, the family room ahead furnishes an excellent spot for relaxing dining and recreation.  The island to the right doubles as both a serving platform and eat in kitchen counter.   

Just beyond the kitchen is this perfectly placed family room that is particularly inviting for both residents and guests to enjoy pleasant conversation with each other, and with the chef, while meals are being prepared.  The door to the right leads to the top deck, providing easy transition to the gracious outside dining area.    

On the ground level of the home is a rumpus room that contains virtually wall to ceiling windows around the room, with wide French doors opening to the ground floor patio---the epitome of indoor/outdoor living.  Also on this same level, and close by is a full bath, a wine cellar and workshop.

There are four bedrooms in the home.  Two will be shown for your consideration. This primary bedroom above is expansive in size and features 4 sets of windows that open to the outside scenes below.  A private en suite bathroom is seen at the top left, and below.  

This softly colored primary bathroom has dual sinks, plentiful counter space, and a large glass sided shower.  

If the grace and elegance of this outstanding home is of interest to you, please call me at (510) 517-6280 with your inquiries.  The residence is being offered for sale for $2,150,000.  

(Listing Courtesy of Dana S. Cohen of The Grubb Company)

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