Located  at 2251 Melvin Road in the hills of Oakland in the popular Oakmore neighborhood, is this spacious view home that is just moments from the shops and dining of Montclair Village.  It offers 4 bedrooms and 2 and 1/2 baths in a very roomy 2696 +/- sf of living space.  

Not many homes in the Oakland hills can offer the completely unobstructed view of the Bay area that is seen here.  This view is always there, changing in effect from day to night, season to season, providing neverending variety.

 A  entry stairway, surrounded by well established and varied plants, leads down to the front yard and home entrance. 

 A reverse angle of the stairs reveals the lushness of the gardens on either side of the descent.  

There is a calm area at the base of the stairs, which is perfect for perhaps reading a book and sipping coffee on a warm day, or enjoying a light lunch under the graceful tree that arches over the yard.    

Upon entering the home, one is greeted by an expansive living room/dining room blending that is built around the  imaginative wood framed fireplace, and a virtually wall to wall picture window.  A additional  window to the rear right of the room provides additional views of the front gardens.

One of the core elements of the home is its placement in the hills to maximize the city views.  That has been achieved here by the creation of an exterior balcony with spacious seating, and plenty of room for entertaining-perhaps light pre-meal treats for guests before a formal meal at the dining table.  

The style of the home is defined as Mid-Century Modern which is characterised by simplicity, flat planes, open space, walls of glass with sliding glass doors, and integration with nature.  Virtually the whole rear wall here is glass, and includes the picture windows, and the door to the deck.  Note how easy it is to move from the preparation area of the nearby kitchen directly to the dining or balcony area when entertaining.  

This delightful balcony is certainly one of the finest features of the home.  Roomy and well placed, it is an asset -whether enjoyed privately, or used as a base for relaxation and conversation with friends.  

 This dining area is just steps from the kitchen, and while spacious enough to be used formally, it is equally perfect for a casual morning breakfast or lunch.  

Just inside the door to the living room is this delightful nook which offers a great deal of flexibility as to its use.  Featuring yet another sweep of view windows, this area could be used as an eat in kitchen, or small office space.  As it stands now, it is a wonderful spot for guests to converse with the chef while special meals are being prepared.  

Directly opposite the kitchen nook is this expansive wall of storage and counter space that is perfect for storing china and favorite serving pieces, while displaying collectibles and art.  Be sure to observe the built in insert to the lower far left which would make an ideal computer station.  A door to the right leads out to an exterior deck.

A full view ot the kitchen reveals the upgrading that has taken place.  Included in the upgrading is a stone counter, a dishwasher, a gas range/cooktop, a microwave and a refrigerator.  Sunny views to the outside yard make this a comfortable and efficient space for the home chef.  

There are four bedrooms in the home.  Three will be shown for your review and consideration.  The largest on the upper floor is this spacious and comfortably designed bedroom on the upper floor.   Once again, it reflects the simplicity of the Mid-Century concept with clean lines and light.  A little ante room is directly ahead which could be converted into a dressing area, or office.  

A second bedroom seen here is cheerful and flexible in its floorplan options.  The large windows allow views of the outside greenery, and the golden colored hardwood floors provide a unique warmth.  

 Steps away is this impressively updated bathroom.  Its imaginative and expansive sink is paired with a large and colorfully tiled step-in shower, and a tucked in storage area is provided for towels and linen.  

There is no doubt that this home was designed around the stunning scenery just outside its windows.  The upper floor balcony seen earlier is shown here, and is complimented with the lower deck that also runs the length of the house.    


Inside of the central door of the pair of cheerful yellow doors on the deck, is this delightful, and surprisingly flexible kitchen. It manages to combine two different dining nooks, a refrigerator and stove, a counter, and plentiful storage space in a rather compact area.  While it is ideal for creating meals for entertaining on the lower deck, it could just as easily be the kitchen for an in-law unit. 

Directly opposite the kitchen is this very comfortable family room with plentiful space for a large display cabinet and comfortable seating.  Further ahead is a engaging bedroom, which, if needed or desired, could be the perfect final element to establishing a lower in-law unit.  

This impressive and colorful lower bedroom is a perfect compliment to the home in terms of its usage.  As mentioned earlier, it could be an in-law unit, but additionally it could serve as a welcome guest room for visitors.  

 If this beautiful home is the home that you would like to enjoy during every day or season, please contact me immediately at (510) 517-6280 with your questions and interest.  It is being offered for sale for $1,500,000.  I look forward to working with you.  

(Listing Courtesy of Sandra Spring and Patricia Holm of Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty)

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