Thoughts and listings about Oakland Homes and Oakland Condos

Oakland's Lake Merritt has been a pleasant and scenic asset to downtown Oakland for many decades.  That continues today as this view, and the views below, reveal.  

A second perspective reveals the tall trees, grassy knolls, and pleasant walkways that surround the lake-just perfect for walking, biking, jogging, and yet close to the many fascinating restaurants, shops, museums and office buildings located just moments away.  

Along the lake at #1 Lakeside Drive,  is a 20 story high rise luxury condominium complex called The Essex, the entrance of which is seen here.  Private tenant parking is available in the covered garage to the left.    

The lobby area glows from the warmth of the virtually floor to ceiling glass windows that…

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Now and again a unique and entrancing home will arrive on the market that merits special attention, and this home, at 6590 Oakwood Drive in Montclair, is just that home.   Three stories high, It offers 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms in 2822 sf of living space.  

It was designed and built in 1999 by architect and builder Michael Pearce, and manages to capture the beauty of the both the SF Bay below, and the rolling Oakland hillsides above.  

The entrance to the home is adjacent to the two car garage at the base of the building, and below the dramatic three story building frontage. 

This home is ideal for those who seek and enjoy the contrasting drama of this building's statement to the surrounding pastoral scene, 

The entry into…

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Ideally located high in the hills above Oakland on a quiet street at 6780 Oakwood Drive, is this extraordinary 4 bedroom. 4 1/2 bathroom home.  It is remarkably spacious, providing 3912 sf +/- of living space.  

Its compelling curb appeal reveals an imaginative exterior design.  Its interior living space is conceived in a way to take advantage of the exterior light, while insuring a desirable privacy amongst the trees and plantings that surround it.  

This home is ideal for those who enjoy gracious entertaining.  Everything about it reflects an atmosphere of relaxation and beauty. 

The floor to ceiling windows that line the living room, and the sliding glass doors to the outside deck, provide warm indoor lighting, and an indoor/outdoor…

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High in the hills above Oakland is this imaginative home that has managed to capture the magic of the surrounding trees and the sounds of nature all around it.  Located at 6966 Paso Robles Drive in Montclair, it offers 3 bedrooms2 1/2 bathrooms in 2395 sf of living space.   

Located on over 1/3rd of an acre, the home is the epitome of indoor/outdoor living, with glowing light streaming into the house from large floor to ceiling windows, and the many entertainment and relaxation opportunities offered by the marvelous exterior decks. 

This exceptional living room and dining room combination illustrates how effectively this home has been conceived to combine the indoor living spaces with the expansive exterior deck.  A radiant skylight above…

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This handsome multi-level condominium is especially well located in the Oakland hills in the expansive Monte Vista Villas complex.  At 6020 Old Quarry Loop, it offers 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in a generous 1741 sf of living space.  

It is close to the Oakland Zoo, and the Chabot Space and Science Center, and has direct access to the many hiking and biking trails of the nearby regional parks.  The commute connections offered by Highway 580 are just moments away, 

One of the advantages of living in Monte Vista Villas, are the amenities offered at the club house that is seen above.  In addition to the expansive rolling greens around the complex, a clubhouse provides a central gathering place for entertaining friends and family when hosting…

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This handsome home, with its outstanding curb appeal, is located in the appealing Crocker Highlands neighborhood of Oakland at 638 Trestle Glen Road

While it reflects the traditional lines of its era, it has been carefully enhanced to meet the needs of its new homeowners.  It offers 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms in 1946 sf of living space.  

Ideally located, it has a Walk Score of 87 due to its proximity to the many shops, restaurants and activities that are offered by Lakeshore and Grand Avenues.  The Sunday Farmer's Market, The Grand Lake Theater. and Lake Merritt, with its lakeside walking paths and scenic views, add more to the variety of choices.   

Guests are welcomed into this handsome living room space that offers so many…

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Located in the desirable Claremont Terrace area of Oakland,  at 5400 Broadway Terrace #103,  is this well established, and very remarkable, condominium complex.  Within it is the 2 bedroom, 2 bath,  1050 square foot view unit seen below. 

Ideally located close to College Avenue and Piedmont Avenue shops and restaurants, it is just moments from Highways 13 and 24 that provide routes to Oakland and San Francisco to the west, and Contra Costa County to the east.      

The central core of the home is defined by this delightful living room and dining area that is dramatically enhanced with the light and views entering through the floor to ceiling sliding glass door and windows.  Expansive supplemental LED overhead lighting adds to the effect.

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This glowing contemporary styled home is located at the very top of the Oakland hills in Oakland's Piedmont Pines neighborhood at 9383 Skyline Boulevard.

 It is unique, and very desirable, in that it offers a two story home with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on one level, and a pleasant and inviting lower level in-law apartment with 1 bedroom and 1  bathroom, resulting in a combined living space of 3215 sf,    

The home has been thoughtfully conceived in such a way that it incorporates the beauty of the outside hillsides with the gleaming sunlight that flows beautifully through the wall of windows that comprise the far wall of this living space. 

The peaked overhead open beamed ceiling provides even more space for the entry of the natural…

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Tucked in among the sheltering trees in Berkeley's Claremont Hills neighborhood is this handsome contemporary styled home located at 6915 Norfolk Road.  Designed by Philip O. Perkins, it offers 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms in an expansive 3410 sf of living space.  

True to the concept of contemporary living, this living room represents much of what is valued and desired with this lifestyle. 

Virtual floor to ceiling windows encompass two thirds of the living space throughout this room, and in much of the rest of the home, as light streams in, creating the warmth and radiance that is the heart of this home.  

The darker color of the engaging central fireplace harmonizes perfectly with the lighter off white walls, and richly colored…

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This handsome home, with its outstanding curb appeal, is located in the desirable Crocker Highlands neighborhood of Oakland at 1101 Mandana Boulevard. 

Close to the favorite shops and restaurants of the Lakeshore  and Grand Avenue shopping districts, it retains a quiet solitude settled in among old growth trees, and well established gardens.  

It is large, offering 5 bedrooms, and 3 1/2 bathrooms in 2925 sf of living space.  

Upon entering the home, one is immediately taken with the stunning open floorplan, and the simplicity of the interior design that immediately captures both the beauty of the exterior gardens, and the drama of the central fireplace and surrounding living room.  

The rich color of the softly glowing hardwood floors…

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