$1.8 million buys over-the-topness in Upper Rockridge

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When you find yourself lamenting the value of San Francisco real estate—tiny multimillion-dollar boxes on a hillside—navigate your Redfin search over to East Bay where you may shocked at what you'll find.

This week's gem is a veritable palace in Upper Rockridge, where a couple mil will buy you 2,500 square feet swathed in Grecian-style carving and sculptures. Do you want those classical embellishments? Probably not, but focus: There is ample room, light, closet space—and views!


Step through the front door to be met with a towering floor to ceiling sculpture of what appears to be the Roman goddess Venus hugged between two Doris columns. Venus, people. Doric columns. You won't find this in SF for under $10 mil. Overhead is a rustic, six-light chandelier pinned to cross-hatched ceiling. Up the swirling wrought iron balustrade to the main level is a stained glass window casting a bluish glow.

Atop the stairs you're met with another artsy nook—an arched stone shelf, perfect for a painting. On either side are seating areas with the same thatched ceiling. To the right, a trio of windows floods the room in natural light while a modern fireplace adds a sense of coziness. The attached dining room here opens up to a patio with sweeping views, and the chef's kitchen is a sight with marble flooring, stone counters, an island with breakfast bar, a chic black gas range, and wine storage. Two doors lead to a balcony on one side and a manicured backyard on the other. In the second sitting room is a yet another carved fireplace plus double skylights overhead. Don't worry—you can probably rip out the floral wall panelling.

Two bedrooms including the master suite finish out the second level; the master promises as massive walk-in closet, dual vanities, a stone rainfall shower, and access to the backyard.

Get things done on the lower level with a laundry room, sitting room with wet bar and more wine storage, and a bedroom with its own balcony for when your guests get too lit to drive home.

    Location: 28 Contra Costa Pl. (Oakland)

    Size: 2,553 sq. ft.

    Bedrooms: 3

    Bathrooms: 3

    Asking price: $1,780,000

    // For more information, visit redfin.com.

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