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Ivy Hill Urban Oasis
A designer showhouse-style transformation makes its debut in Ivy Hill. According to legend, the 1925 Spanish Mediterranean was the early home to “Mother” of Mother’s Cookies with only three previous owners.
Each space has been meticulously restored with a blend of authentic period details and new features. Reimagined as a techie’s dream, the residence has been automated for just about everything — from climate control to window shades to audio to lighting, essentially the house can be run by smart phone. Most every detail and every decision was made with the highest standards of design and authentic craftsmanship in mind, ensuring an inspiring space to live and entertain.
An elegant original brick walkway and railings lead up to a large front porch, custom dutch front door and entryway. From the front door, a view extends through the house to the yard, giving the 2,704 square-foot floorplan a sense of indoor/outdoor flow from the moment you walk in. The gracious entryway impresses with an original restored stair railing, radiator heater and a custom niche. A large, light filled living room, touched by an original fireplace surround and new remote operated gas insert, stretches the length of the house, and opens to the Ipe deck. Remote/app operated shades in the living room also double as the screen for the home theatre, making it the ultimate entertainer’s space! The chef's kitchen has been reimagined as a modern-day culinary vision with gourmet commercial appliances, a large soapstone island, lots of storage, soda water/beer taps, coffee maker space, BlueStar commercial range with double oven and 24” griddle, two sinks and soapstone countertops with Cle’ Zellige backsplash tile and Oh Joy! Cle’ Encaustic cement tile floor. A breakfast nook in the kitchen allows for easy casual entertaining. Custom colored, hand painted Fireclay tiles grace the entry nook and tie together the orange Bluestar stove with the dramatic Cle’ Zellige tile wall. Countertop power outlets allow the accent wall to remain unbroken.The dining room can be closed or left open with glass French doors, and easy access to the kitchen via a dutch door. Custom leaded glass detail was handcrafted by the owner and contains over 1200 pieces of colorful and beveled glass. Finishing out the main level is an incredible powder room with meadow-inspired Heath tile designed to represent blades of grass as it visually meets the floral Liberty wallpaper, complete with designer pink accents from Vola and an Italian Murano glass chandelier. Hidden behind a pocket door is the laundry room.
A full height basement accessed from the kitchen stairway allows for storage or a workshop space. Plus, an attached finished garage opens to the yard for car storage, exercise room or expansion of the outdoor living space.
Four generous bedrooms reside upstairs. The primary bedroom suite is a study in symmetry as extraordinary design is expressed through a custom see-through DaVinci fireplace, matching bespoke bench seats, dual closets with Elfa shelving organizers, a vaulted shiplap ceiling and convenient laundry chute. The spacious sky-lit primary bath offers the epitome of spa luxury with a steam shower and large clawfoot tub with a view of the East Bay hills through the fireplace, plus dual sinks with Vola faucets, custom cabinetry and a separate toilet room. In another example of the home’s exemplary tilework, the “Shoreline” bath features a stunning custom Heath Tile mosaic meant to reflect the sand meeting the sea in front of the vanities as the wave of tile "crashes" in the shower to reveal the sunshine. Two additional upper bathrooms — a full for the other occupants and a half “galaxy” bathroom. A hidden storage medicine chest gives the “galaxy” bathroom everyday functionality.(both with Heath ceramic and Cle’ encaustic cement tile and appropriate finish plumbing compliments by Vola, Newport Brass, Franz Veigener— are true expressions of artistry with custom design.
Beyond, the sunny yard is surrounded by extensive succulent plantings and a raised vegetable garden. The deck opens from the living room, breakfast nook and kitchen and features a cozy built-in firepit, and drops into the outdoor oasis with a lawn, paver walkway / driveway, secret grotto area and a cool Airstream "Guest House.”
Perched in the prime Ivy Hill neighborhood in Oakland, this one-of-a-kind architectural gem is close to everything that Oakland has to offer with its diversity, culture and eclectic feel. Close proximity to Lake Merritt, Downtown Oakland, Glen View, Grand Lake and Lakeshore neighborhoods, plus freeways 580 and 880 make it a not-to-be-missed opportunity. Lake Merrit BART is a short bike ride away with secure bike parking.
Incredible from start to finish.
2704 square feet
2 full baths
2 - 1/2 baths
Indoor/outdoor flow with five doors opening onto deck
Large flat yard on 7,500 square-foot lot with secret sunken grotto
Airstream trailer with bathroom and kitchenette for guest house or rental
Main Level “Meadow” Powder Room
Upstairs “Kids” Bath
Upstairs ”Galaxy” Powder Room
Front Secondary Bedrooms
Office / 4th Bedroom
“Shoreline” Primary Bath
Solar & Exterior EV Charging
Additional Showings by Appointment with the Listing Agent