This lovely 1924 California bungalow has been thoughtfully updated to highlight its many attractive features. A handsome front yard is simply landscaped with camellias, hibiscus, native grasses and succulents, that set off its pretty Mediterranean style to great effect. The front porch, with its graceful arches, is a throwback to another time; it’s the ideal place to end the day, and perhaps enjoy the view of Mt. Tam or the lights in the Oakland Hills. 

From the large entry you can take in the home’s open, airy feel, the wood and brass accents and the Craftsman architectural touches. The living room has light from all sides, a tiled fireplace, and arched doorways. The dining room has a built-in cabinet and a spacious feel. Through an arched doorway, the kitchen is both classic and modern - quartz countertops, Heath tiles, a firestone sink, brass hardware and a butcher block island add lots of style. It’s cozy-centric living at its best.

The front bedroom is sun-filled and has a large closet and double entrance; the back bedroom has an accent wall and views on the back garden that add to its peaceful atmosphere. A bathroom between them has sweet vintage details such as a hexagon tiled floor and a clawfoot tub, set off by modern touches like the marble-topped vanity.

The back yard has some surprises: a deep side yard offers lots of off-street parking, and a large patio area is perfect for outdoor entertaining. The raised lawn is shaded by a large grapefruit tree, and bordered with plants. As a bonus, a detached outbuilding houses a laundry room with storage, as well as a separate workshop/studio space that could easily be purposed as a yoga or workout room. 

The neighborhood is another plus - the Bella Vista area has a Mediterranean microclimate and is centrally located near many great Oakland attractions: the restaurants and shopping of Park Boulevard in Glenview; the farmers' market and shops on Lakeshore Avenue; and the Thai, Burmese and Philippine cuisine found nearby. Local public transportation and easy access to the freeway makes excursions farther afield a breeze. 

This lovely home has all you need and is easy to love.


The Bella Vista neighborhood is one of Oakland's best kept secrets - close to everything, quiet at night and genuinely a mixture of all lifestyles. A few blocks away in neighboring Clinton are several excellent neighborhood restaurants: Michelin recommended Champa Garden (Thai/Laotian), Philomena (Pizza and Beer), and Kainbigan (Filipino). Portal Restaurant and some of Oakland's best taco trucks are also nearby. Sunny all the time, it is a quick trip to Lake Merritt, the farmers' market and the excellent shopping at Lakeshore, and is near to the Glenview neighborhood, with the delights of Park Sushi, Bellanico and Park Burger.

The neighborhood has a rich history. Several mansions were built in the area, including Arbor Villa, the estate of Francis M. “Borax” Smith. The mansion stood between East 28th Street and East 22nd Street until the Great Depression when it was demolished and the property sold off in parcels to build more modest homes. The line of tall palms down 9th Avenue which ran along the eastern border of the property, is all that remains today of the fantastic estate. 

Nearby in Clinton, the Ellen Kenna House, an 8,000+ square foot Victorian masterpiece designed by Augustus Laver, still stands on East 21st Street near 12th Avenue. Across East 21st Street and behind a row of more recent homes, stands Cedar Croft, once the home of John J. Valentine, a gun slinging stage coach driver who rose to become president of Wells Fargo Bank. It is rumored that Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday and Black Bart were among the guests at Cedar Croft.


Open House

Sunday, October 17th and 24th, 2:00-4:30

Broker Tour

Monday, October 18th, 10:00-1:00



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