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A Home with Heart
Charm and heartfelt character come together in this 1923 New England shingle-style bungalow in Cleveland Heights. Perched on a quiet street near sought-after Lake Merritt and Lakeshore, the home offers a rare neighborhood feel with well-maintained homes, tree-lined streets, and neighbors out walking. A steep pitched roof, arched window, front yard brick walkway and inviting porch with a stained glass window immediately provide a welcoming presence from the street.
Inside, a unique world awaits. Owned by the same couple since 1994, the home has been lovingly lived in, upgraded, and maintained. Original Craftsman details speak to its enduring quality: refinished hardwood floors, stained glass windows, wainscotting, mosaic tile floors, French doors, and skylights. An architecture and history lover’s dream!
The floorplan is characterized by generously sized formal spaces for easy living and entertaining, including a large formal entry with a large paned window and an expansive light-filled living room with nearly floor-to-ceiling front and side windows. A formal dining room with an original built-in hutch and double doors could flex as a 3rd bedroom or office space. The eat-in kitchen features a large pantry that looks onto the yard, a vintage Wedgewood stove/oven, a custom tiled counter, and backsplash, a two-drawer dishwasher by Fisher Paykel, and a stained glass sink window.
A nicely sized downstairs bedroom with a built-in closet looks out to the yard. The bathroom is teeming with charm, from the mosaic marble tile floor and wainscotting to the shower-over tub, pedestal sink, medicine cabinet and stained glass window. Meanwhile, the upstairs loft is endlessly versatile with abundant storage and closet space, and could easily double as a primary bedroom. A small nook space off of the loft could be used for a playroom or office, and even has filtered views of downtown Oakland from the window. A laundry room with Miele W/D and interior access, as well as a mudroom off the kitchen with lots of storage and backyard access, are also convenient additions to the home.
A true private oasis exists in the backyard. Pittosporum hedges and mature Japanese Maple trees provide privacy and cooling shade. Two decks, one for shade and one for sun, two raised planter beds with irrigation, and established fruit trees offer the opportunity to spend time with nature and grow your own food. Additionally, there are three storage sheds for gardening and a large detached garage that could be used for an exercise room or workshop or parking a car. Metal gates on both sides of the house provide added privacy and security.
"The residential Lakeshore-Upper Grand neighborhood, cultivated by famed landscape architects Olmsted Brothers, is a sculpted terrain of winding streets following the natural contours of the land. Homes date back to the 1920s and ‘30s, some designed by notable Bay Area architects like Julia Morgan, Maybeck & White, and Charles McCall. Today, the neighborhood retains its period flavor, with large, romantic homes in the Italian Renaissance, Tudor, Spanish, Monterey, French provincial, and Colonial styles.
Lakeshore-Upper Grand is close to the Lakeshore and Grand Avenue shopping districts. Bardo is a neighborhood lounge and restaurant inspired by the comfort and camaraderie of a mid-century dinner party, Arizmendi Bakery offers pastries and lunch dishes, and Lin Jia Asian Kitchen features Chinese and Asian Fusion selections. Shops like Urban Indigo and Silver Moon Kids entice visitors with eclectic items for all ages."