This gracious home, ideally located in the desirable Crocker Highlands neighborhood of Oakland at 1453 Barrows Road, is immediately engaging.   Anchored by an long established shade tree that welcomes guests, it features all the elements that make a Mediterranean style home so desirable. 

Its warmly colored stucco walls lead up to the classic red tile roof, while an arched porch, with wrought iron railings and lighting, combines with an iron trimmed window/balcony to complete the entire effect. 

It offers 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms in 2447 sf +/- of living space.    

This expansive living room is ideally conceived for entertaining.   It is both gracious and dramatic.  The visual drama of the overhead open beam ceiling that runs the entire length and width of the room is not to be denied.  The richly colored hardwood floors combine beautifully with the off white colors of the wall.   

A reverse perspective reveals the spacious entry hall that is accessed through the impressive multi-paneled front door.  As one moves through the home, additional Mediterranean touches are revealed that include  arched entries to rooms throughout the home, unique lighting fixtures, and generous windows and doors that draw in light from every angle.  

The central fireplace continues the Mediterranean theme with its brick and tile hearth and surround that is combined with a classic oriel window overhead for display of favored art or collectibles.  

A glass paneled door at the end of the room invites guest to move freely from the living area to the pleasant outside gardens. 

Steps away, classic French doors open to the large formal dining room of this home.  

When constructed, a home of this quality was expected to have a spacious dining room for formal entertaining, and this room does not disappoint.  Two large view windows draw in the glowing outdoor light and garden views.     

The home's kitchen space has been impressively upgraded to provide an efficient and effective living and work space for both the chef and residents.   Gleaming stainless steel appliances compliment the soft grey and white colors of the cabinets and floors.  Amenities include a gas range/cooktop, refrigerator and dishwasher.  

A desirable eat in kitchen space is provided through the use of this working counter with an inset for a set of chairs.

To add more appeal to an already charming space, this delightful breakfast nook is just steps away-a truly soothing retreat, complete with garden views.  

There are three bedrooms upstairs in the home.  The first, the primary bedroom, is alight with the sun, with more than generous floorspace available to create an imaginative living space.  

Just off the primary bedroom, is this updated marble bathroom that continues the soft grey and white theme of the primary bedroom.    

This second floor bedroom is immediately captivating.  As a corner room, it is surrounded by multiple windows that provide soft light that is filtered through the surrounding trees.  The door in the center front opens onto a small mini balcony that is highlighted with a handsome wrought iron railing.  

A third bedroom is equally appealing with its multiple view windows.  

In addition to the three bedrooms on the second floor, an additional room is available on the ground floor.  While it could be adapted to use as a bedroom, it is certainly well suited to its current role as a family room, as seen here.  Its French doors open onto a warm and welcoming patio area, as seen below.  

This covered deck is an ideal focus for entertaining.  Immediately engaging, it is surrounded by plants and greenery that enhance is privacy and charm.   

Just steps away, is this pleasant patio that expands the space available for a private retreat or a perfect entertainment setting.

If this very distinctive home is of interest to you, I would encourage you to call me promptly regarding it at (510) 517-6280.  This very well located residence is being offered for sale for $1,495,000.  

(Listing Courtesy Of Karen A. Starr and Brenda M. Schaefer of The Grubb Company)

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