Oaklanders know they've made the big time when they can buy a home in Piedmont—you know, for the great public schools.
The affluent neighborhood teems with trendy restaurants, workout studios, boutiques and, of course, residential eye candy often with an extra bit of old school charm. Take for instance this 1920s Grand Avenue home, where a clean white facade belies such original interior quirks as a lemon-hued kitchen with saloon doors and black-and-white checkered flooring in the foyer.
Built in 1926, the house mingles period details (a wrought-iron gate, intricate moulding around the living room fireplace) with contemporary elements in a bright setting with several floor-to-ceiling windows. The living area has a wall of windows, while the kitchen opens up to a breakfast nook overlooking the front yard.
Upstairs, four spacious and sunny bedroom have clean palettes and hardwood floors. Take in verdant views from each of the rooms, including a work space with a built-in desk. Step outside to enjoy the back yard where a stone deck leads to gardens with fruit trees. This is an ideal space for any host lusting after al fresco meals, garden parties, and lawn games.
Location: 1641 Grand Ave. (Oakland)
Size: 2,186 sq. ft.
Asking price: $1,195,000
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