High in the Oakland hills is this gleaming home that is surrounded by light due to its dramatic location above the city.  Located in Oakland's Ridgemont neighborhood at 5005 Crystal Ridge Road,  it is truly exceptional.  It offers 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms in 2191 sf of living space.

In addition to its beauty, it is ideally located close to the Oakland hills, and the hiking and biking trails of the regional parks above, while Highway 580 provides easy transport to Oakland, Montclair, and nearby favorites like the Oakland Zoo, Chabot Space and Science Center, and the Tri-Valley area just over the hills.  

Just inside the handsome double door entry, a living space has been created to emphasize the harmony between the exterior expanse just outside the window, and the  interior drama of a two story overhead ceiling that is paired with the floor to ceiling windows directly below.    

As would be expected, much of the floorplan of residence has been conceived with the goal of capturing the ever present outside beauty of the city below. 

 Here, the comfortably sized dining room serves a dual purpose. The first, as a location for a pleasant evening meal or luncheon, and second, when the sliding glass door opens, as a base for a luncheon, special holiday party, or barbeques.  

Just outside the dining room door is this delightful seating area that is ideal for afternoon refreshments, or for enjoying a late supper while watching a soothing sunset.  

The patio is surprisingly large, private, and offers an ideal setting to enjoy the expanse below-24 hours a day, year round.  

Well placed just off the dining room is this handsome, and highly efficient kitchen space. The black and white tones seen here are enhanced with generous overhead supplemental lighting and the exterior lighting from the charming bay window over the sink. 

  Its U shape provides easy access to surrounding cabinets and storage, while its size is just right for efficient meal preparation.  

An expanded view reveals the many amenities and appliances that are available.  The kitchen counter/island seen here serves multiple purposes-a lunch or breakfast counter, as a serving platform, and as a preparation site. 

Other amenities include stone counters, a dishwasher, a gas range/cooktop and microwave, and built in oven and refrigerator.  

The chairs and table in the foreground are part of the family room that is seen below.  

What better location for a family room than just off the kitchen?  Light snacks food and casual dining around the inviting central fireplace are and ideal use of this room.  

Returning to the entryway, one can step up the striking set of stairs to the home's second floor.  Worth noting that in the the opening view above and here,  is the striking overhead skylight that add even more charm to the room.  

There are three bedrooms on the upper floor.  Two will be shown for your consideration.  The first, seen above is the spacious and welcoming primary bedroom. 

Expansive in size, it offers numerous opportunities for a creative floor plan that can integrate all the many elements seen here- the very generous interior floorspace, the large sliding glass door, the high ceilings, and the engaging exterior view balcony.  

This personal balcony, with its impressive panoramic view, is just steps away from the primary bedroom, as can be seen above.  

The primary bathroom is delight.  A large soaking tub, and spacious stall shower combine with the large double sink counters, crisp overhead lighting, and view windows create an outstanding living experience.    

One of the other two bedrooms is shown here.  Large multi-paned picture windows combine with a good working floorspace for an office desk. or long chest of drawers with side chair, as desired.  

This home's very attractive street frontage is crisp and clean, and there is off street parking in the enclosed garage for three cars.  

There is no question that one of the advantages of living in the East Bay hills is the availability of this kind of year round beauty and drama from virtually every room in the house.   

If this home is of interest to you, I encourage you to call me promptly at (510) 517-6280.  It is being offered for sale for $1,599,950.  

                (Listing Courtesy of Kam Moshari of Compass)

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