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 line the entire frontage.  It is a gracious setting, and it has a 24 hours front desk staff, 

An additional ground floor scene reveals the size, and the architectural appeal, of this handsome building.  Worth noting-there are many other choice amenities available to tenants which will be mentioned at closing.  

This 2 bedroom, 2 bath corner condominium, with an almost 180 degree sweeping view, is as stunning as would be expected in a building of this quality.  Floor to ceiling doors and windows capture the drama of the panorama below, and a large sliding glass door opens to a stunning view balcony.  

A separate dining room with additional views awaits special events, luncheons, formal dinners at sunset with friends, or just a quiet evening meal at home.  

Just steps away is this very efficient, and well conceived kitchen.  The granite top counter, seen above, serves multiple functions-as a room divider, a preparation space, a serving platform, and an eat-in tabletop.   

Plentiful storage space for favorite china, serving and cooking pieces allows each of them to be available instantly.   

An opposite aspect of the counter reveals the proximity of the kitchen to the dining room for easy and efficient food service. 

Kitchen appliances include the following stainless steel pieces-a dishwasher, an electric range/cooktop, a microwave, and refrigerator, 

There are two extraordinary bedrooms available.  Above, is the first of the two.  With its corner location, the views below once again reveal the lakeside's serenity and expanse. 

The second bedroom is equally extraordinary, and the sliding dual mirror glass closet doors reflect both the sunlight, and exterior scenery.

This is one of the two bathrooms in the unit.  Both are similar, and have a shower over tub configuration.    

As mentioned, and illustrated above, the in house amenities for the building are varied and striking.  Above is the building's gym.  

On the outside deck, there is an inviting hot tub, and immediately adjacent to it is a clubhouse that can be rented for parties and events.  

If this unit is of interest to you, I encourage you to call me promptly regarding it at (510) 517-6280.  It is being offered for sale for $1,198,000.  

   (Listing Courtesy of Mark Playsted of Compass)

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