In Oakland, $3 million could buy you a Mediterranean-style villa


While in San Francisco a few million bucks will buy you a nice collection of boxy rooms with views to the world beyond, Oakland's got it going on: Here you can buy 4,000 square feet on a one-acre lot that feels a world away.

Designed by prolific Oakland firm Miller Warnecke—best known for its many Tudor-style homes as well as The Town's main public library—this 1946 stunner in quiet Montclair blends Italian and Spanish influences for a residence akin to a Mediterranean escape.

A red clay tile roof, white stucco façade, arched windows and doors, and wrought iron accents on the exterior announce the four-bedroom home that has all the ooh-and-aah vintage details you'd expect—think rough-hewn exposed beams, oak pegged hardwood floors, handcrafted tiles, quarter sawn oak doors, recessed art alcoves, and period wrought iron hardware.

The split-level floor plan is oriented to capture sweeping views of the Oakland hills from a gorgeous loggia, the grand living room with cathedral ceilings, beamed dining room, and a hexagonally shaped sunken solarium. Adding to the charm is an eat-in kitchen with a butler's pantry and fireplace, and a wood-paneled library.

Upstairs n the master suite, two walk-in closets join a private balcony and large patio to create a couple's haven; on the lower level there's space for family hang time, bedrooms, laundry, and wine storage. There's even a large workshop area below the garage for crafty endeavors or a home office.

Out of doors the fantasy continues as meandering stone pathways curve around multiple patios, a water fountain, and fish ponds where you can take in panoramas of the bay and the hills. The tennis court here needs a bit of love, but we're willing to bet it's nicer than the one you don't have at home.

Location: 175 Pershing Dr. (Oakland)

Size: 3,926 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3.5

Asking price: $3,000,000

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