This stunning home at 625 Walavista Avenue, has dramatic curb appeal.  Its architecture is "classic Craftsman", which is clearly illustrated when viewing its low-pitched gable roofs that extend far out past the home's exterior walls, multiple exposed beams, decorative brackets and lintels, and the covered front porch with pillars lining the entry.  It offers 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths in a spacious 2742 sf +/- of living space.  Ideally located in the popular Crocker Highlands section of Oakland, it is just moments from the busy shopping and dining venues located along Grand and Lakeshore Avenues.  

Stepping inside from the handsome front porch, and through the spacious glass paned door, guests are immediately greeted by gleaming white woodworking, and gracefully ascending stairs to the second floor.

 The living room makes a dramatic first impression.  Anchored by an imaginative brick fireplace with graceful pillars creating a surround, and a spacious mantel for displaying favorite art and collectibles, it is paired in charm with a handsome open beamed ceiling that matches the one in the adjacent dining room.  

 As with all homes of this era, a spacious formal dining room placed off the living room was expected, and utilized.  So many gracious touches add to its distinctiveness--tall sliding pocket doors create the entryway from the living room, and generous windows open to the outside greenery.  Be sure to note the rich wooden trim around all of the windows, doors, and entryways in both the living room and the dining room that adds extra elegance to the already impressive ceiling beams.  

 Another view of the dining room reveals a perfect  space for a serving piece to the right of the kitchen entryway, and a classical Craftsman feature-a built in glass fronted storage cabinet.  The cabinet is ideally placed for displaying formal glassware and china, and has a mantel with a pair of widows that open to the outside.  

Just off the dining room is this comfortable kitchen featuring warmly colored wooden cabinets and floors.  It affords substantial counter space for meal preparation, a wide selection of storage space at every level, and a gas range/cooktop, built in oven, and refrigerator.  Another welcome treat is a cozy kitchen nook which is perfect for a simple meal at lunch, or a quick breakfast.  

As was seen earlier, the stairs to the second floor are impressive, curve gently as they move upwards  and offer an imaginative set of four view windows .  The woodworking and craftsmanship seen here is truly outstanding from  every angle.  

The first of three bedrooms is seen here.  It is expansive, full of light, and has a unique bonus room beyond the beds that can be used for multiple purposes.  Choices could include an office, study, or arts and crafts room.  

 This delightful second bedroom has its own special charm.  Rich wooden trim, warmly colored wooden floors, and a brick fireplace are complimented with a delightful window seat - which is perfect for quiet afternoon reading with a cup of tea.  

This gleaming third bedroom is equally appealing , and offers a mirrored closet door.

The backyard, with decks, is a serene and private retreat.  Well established trees, plants and greenery are an ideal spot for entertaining, and the area is expansive enough to hold a formal luncheon, a tea, or just a simple evening meal.  

If this home, or a similar one in the area has caught your attention, I would look forward to speaking with you regarding your interest.  It is being offered for sale for  $1,950,000. I can be reached at (510) 517-6280.

(Listing Courtesy of Carla J. Higgins, The Grubb Company)

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