The house at 5455 Hilltop Crescent appears from the curb like a typical Oakland home: modern and linear, low-slung, a coat of dark gray paint with darker gray trim—nothing over the top.
That is, until you notice the canopy of blooming wisteria over the two-car garage and the lush garden courtyard that leads to the front door, all hinting that something thoughtful is happening here.
The high-ceilinged foyer flows into a visually connected space that manages to retain a sense of privacy with glass walls separating the living and dining rooms and retractable doors to the outside. Think of the layout as the best of both worlds: an open floor plan, but with zoned-off areas that allow for alone time, which has become especially important as families spend more time at home. Interesting design elements anchor each dedicated space.
In the library, a wood-burning fireplace makes for a cozy atmosphere to read or work, while views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco skyline, and Marin Headlands steal the show through sweeping windows in the living and dining rooms.
The kitchen is the heart of this home and will delight novice chefs with a 48-inch Thermador double oven and gas range, a Viking warming drawer, Subzero refrigerator, two Bosch dishwashers, and custom cabinetry. Designed for entertaining, the kitchen also features a 100-bottle Eurocave wine refrigerator, a Scotsman bar ice maker, and a marble-topped pass-through bar, with Tom Dixon pendant lights overhead, that allows for easy flow into the living room. An oversized island provides seating for sous chefs and cocktailing friends. Calacatta oro marble countertops from Pietra Fina add a luxurious finishing touch.
While the rest of the main level feels made for parties, the master suite is beautifully suited to chilling out. The bedroom itself has a wall of windows and sliding glass doors that open onto a private deck; the bathroom is a retreat with a free-standing Victoria & Albert tub and a large walk-in shower; and the closet is sprawling enough to be its own stylish escape.
Once upstairs, the party continues with a large entertaining room outfitted with a wet bar, sink, hidden refrigerator, and floating shelves perfect for displaying pretty barware. There are two bedrooms and a bathroom here, as well as a converted home gym with its own adjoining full bath for sprucing up post-sweat. French doors hide a small office with its own terrace.
And then there's the tech. The home comes equipped with Crestron sound, solar panels, recirculating two-tank radiator system, three zones for heat, and automated shades in the living room. The two-car garage has direct access to the inside so you'll never have to worry about parking again.
Asking price: $2,995,000
//5455 Hilltop Crescent (Oakland); for more information, visit 5455hilltop.com.