This inviting view home in the hills of Oakland is located at 5650 Balboa Drive, just above Montclair Village, and close to all the shopping and dining venues that makes this locality so desirable.  Just moments from the Rockridge and Grand Lake districts, and directly below the many parks and hiking trails that draw outdoor enthusiasts, it is ideally placed.  It offers 3 bedrooms and 3 baths in a spacious 2408 sf +/- of living space.    

One of the benefits of living in the Oakland hills is the panoramic view that is offered to hillside residents.  However, not all are as sweeping as this panorama laid out before one here.  Included are both the SF Bay Bridge, San Francisco, Oakland, and the Golden Gate Bridge.  The seasons will offer impressive variations on this theme as the light and weather changes.  

 This desirable and inviting house is centered in, and among, gracious and well established gardens and greenery, which include fruit trees and a vegetable bed.  Its open and light filled interior is a perfect match for its sunny hillside location.  

As you tour the home, be sure to note the extensive windows and glass pane doors throughout the house that are installed to bring every possible angle of light and Bay area beauty into the residence.  The living room, seen here, is a prime example.  A virtual wall of windows begins at the living room, continues across the full dining room space, and wraps around the kitchen space.  

The dining area above is exceptionally flexible.  In the evening, perhaps when entertaining friends for a formal dinner, this spot is easily converted into a  handsome dining space complete with fine china and glassware, if desired.  The evening panoramas would be stunning for guests.  Alternatively, on a pleasant sunny afternoon, a party or a light luncheon is equally possible, and visitors could also take their refreshments to the outside deck to enjoy an even more impressive experience. 

 A reverse perspective reveals the striking central fireplace and the view to the front of the home with the extensive exterior gardens.  There is an easy and relaxing flow from one room to the other in this space, and the large sliding glass door directly ahead allows passage to the outside deck.  

The kitchen has been updated, and includes all the amenities that would please the most demanding chef.  Fine quality wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances are seen here, coupled with an imaginative tile backsplash over the range.  Additional benefits include a stone counter, a dishwasher, a gas range/cooktop, a built in oven, and a refrigerator.  

There are richly colored wooden cabinets located around the room for ease in storing the various cooking and serving pieces required to create the perfect meal.  Exceptional display shelving adjacent to the exterior door encourages the presentation of favorite glassware and china.  Be sure to note the generous counter space that is thoughtfully designed for meal preparation and generous entertaining.  

At the far right in the view above, is this truly flexible kitchen counter addition that can provide multiple opportunities for its use.  It is perfectly located and designed as a wet bar, complete with its own sink, and is cleverly combined with a built in washer and dryer.  

 There are three bedrooms in the home, all of which will be shown for your consideration and review.  The first is the compelling bedroom seen here.  Featuring a commanding Bay area view through expansive windows, it is a captivating and flexible floorspace just awaiting an imaginative decor.  

 A reverse view of the bedroom above reveals a gleaming en suite bathroom, a spacious, and multi-use, closet space to the right, and softly colored golden hardwood floors.  


A second gleaming bedroom is warm and welcoming, and receives yet more warmth from the light that flows from the garden through a set of expansive French doors.   An additional perspective reveals a closet and space for a bookcase, display cabinet or chest of drawers.  

 A third bedroom, well proportioned and generous in size, offers the desirable view windows that are seen throughout the home.

 An outstanding additional asset is this very flexible bonus room.  While it is currently being used as an office, it could, with its current closet space , easily become an arts and crafts room, study, or art studio.

 The bonus room has this cleverly built in serving space which has currently been assigned to the role of a wet bar,

This family room is a perfect spot for gatherings, meals and casual dining, or perhaps a game of cards in front of this cozy fireplace.  

This residence features a variety of choice spots for deck space, all of which provide the spectacular Bay area views that lies below this handsome home.  

 Seen here are evening views of the lights of Oakland, San Francisco, Southern Marin, and both the Oakland Bay Bridge, and the Golden Gate Bridge.  

If this gracious hillside home with long established greenery, spacious interior, and sparkling Bay area scenery appeals to you, please contact me at (510) 517-6280 for further information.  It is being offered for sale for $1,248,000.  

(Listing Courtesy of Liat Bostick of The Grubb Company) 

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