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 combines beautifully with the off white walls, and dark grey tone of the far walls.  

A slightly different perspective reveals the expansive windows that make up the far right wall, and invite in the both the warmth of the outdoor light, and the beauty of the front gardens.

The room is anchored by an intriguing central fireplace along the far wall, and the accompanying bench like hearth is equally innovative and functional.  

The full effect of the open floorplan can be seen here.  The living room space flows easily into the dining area, which is immediately adjacent to the inviting kitchen. 

During parties, special events, or just a quiet evening with a few friends, all guests can move easily from one space to another to enhance the entertainment experience.

The dining area can comfortably accommodate this generously sized dining table and chairs, and is especially enhanced with the delightful overhead chandelier.  A literal wall of windows captures the varied colors of the outside greenery.  

Immediately adjacent to the dining table is this large, and well placed breakfast bar that can serve multiple purposes.  Located close to the entertainment centers of the living and family room, it is well suited as a serving platform for dinners and casual appetizers. 

It is equally effective as a bar with multiple storage opportunities for glassware and assorted beverages.   

This gleaming kitchen, with its soft overhead lighting and cheerful picture window, has been well planned to meet the needs of the most creative home chefs.

Lengthy stone counters on either side of the room offer very desirable preparation space, and floor to ceiling storage space is ideal for favorite cooking utensils, pots and pans, serving pieces, and favorite china and glassware.  

Amenities to assist include a dishwasher, gas range/cooktop and refrigerator.  

Just off the kitchen is this very appealing family room.  Open to a variety of potential configurations, it is a welcoming and relaxing living space.  Of special note are the floor to ceiling windows, and pair of doors that open to the  spacious rear gardens.  

Of further note, off to the top left, is a view of the ground floor bedroom-one of five available in the residence.  

There are four bedrooms on the second floor.  Three will be shown for your consideration.  The first, seen above, is the home's luminous primary bedroom that is enhanced with scenic views through its four large picture windows.  

Close by, a second bedroom furnishes exceptional closet space, two large sliding glass mirrored doors, and room for a personal office space.  

A third bedroom is exceptionally large, as are the three virtually floor to ceiling picture windows with an outlook to the front of the home, and the surrounding neighborhood.  

At the top rear of the residence, and overlooking the rear gardens, is this serene and private deck that adds a bit of extra charm to the home.  It  can easily act as a private retreat, when desired.   

The home's substantial backyard has two distinct levels.  Off to the left side, as seen here, is a pleasant, and shaded wooden deck that easily accommodates an inviting garden table and chairs, and any required serving or cooking side tables. 

 The opposite side adds a variety of trees and plantings, and an upper green lawn that draws everything together into a peaceful and enjoyable living space.  

If this very gracious home is of interest to you, I encourage you to call me with your questions regarding it at (510) 517-6280.  It is being offered for sale for $2,250,000.

(Listing Courtesy of Sean Walsh and Rich Richetta  of Compass)

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