Built in 1941, this 2 bed/1 bath house is 1279 sq ft on a 4960 sq ft lot, with beautiful and spacious grounds, excellent natural light, and picturesque views. Set back from the street, the house sits on a gently sloping hill, with a 2-car garage and elevated front yard. Elegantly landscaped with drought friendly varietals, a textured concrete curving pathway leads up to the front porch- boasting a charming wood banister, antiqued porch light and welcoming Claddagh Heart brass door knocker.
The house is full of charming period details, including hardwood floors, vintage crown moldings, baseboards and floor vents. With curved archways, a Bay window seat and impeccably preserved mid-century kitchen and bath. The ample windows provide natural light, and some have been replaced with dual paned glass. The home is freshly painted, with upgraded modern light fixtures throughout.
ENTRY The front door opens onto a quaint entryway with tons of character. The foyer holds a frosted glass leaded window, spacious hall closet, and original door chimes that add a uniquely artistic accent.
LIVING ROOM An arched entryway opens onto a welcoming living room. A huge split light picture window frames a gorgeous view over the porch to a row of Tudor cottages across the streets, and the wooded hills beyond. A large double hung window adds to the natural flow of light, and a cross breeze. A brick wood burning fireplace is nestled into a corner of the living room, creating a natural gathering space. It’s topped with a generous wood mantle to showcase art or treasured family mementos.
DINING ROOM A wide, arched entryway connects the living room and dining room. A deep Bay window with a built -in seat offers lovely view overlooking multiple trees over the sloping hillside. A large double hung window adds to the natural flow of light, a cross breeze and a neighborhood view. The elegant drum light pendant is on a dimmer, offering sleek yet versatile accent over any style of dining furniture.
KITCHEN The dining room opens to the kitchen, with a half wall holding space for an intimate breakfast nook, the perfect spot for a bistro table under a window. A spacious, open design- it has numerous well preserved period details of the ideal 1940’s kitchen. Includes ample original wood cabinets, an alcoved corner sink with an overhead work light and spacious corner window- framed in curved wood display shelves. The gorgeous countertops are period-friendly natural stone with gold flake accents. Appliances include a Kenmore refrigerator and General Electric 4-top gas oven. Checked linoleum in neutral gray tones complement the sparkling white cabinets, tiled backsplash and counters. The updated sink has a stainless steel basin and faucet.
SERVICE PORCH/LAUNDRY ROOM Located off of the kitchen, near a built in ironing board cabinet, is a nicely sized service porch with a door and window that opens onto the side yard. The room provides storage cabinets over the washer/dryer hookups, with a door leading to easily accessible crawl space for storage. With room for pantry storage or a folding station.
UPSTAIRS The split level home has a short wooden staircase leading to the bath, bedrooms and backyard. The hall ends in a 10 light back door, offering a view onto the deck and gardens, bringing a flow of sunlight through the back of the house.
BATH The bath offers a perfect mix of modern and original details. It is a crisp white with tiled floors, subway tiles and a pedestal sink with chrome details. A gorgeous vintage medicine cabinet with a sculpted mirror is topped with modern glass sconce lights, accented with silver wire for an artisanal touch. The updated shower over bathtub is surrounded in white tile with bottle green glass accents and a custom glass door. A double hung frosted window provides both natural light and privacy.
BEDROOMS The tranquil back bedroom features crown molding, vintage baseboards and a spacious closet with a mirror on the back of the door. Double oversized windows offer a serene view over the rear patio/deck and gently sloping backyard. An additional rollout window provides generous light and fresh air. Located at the top of the landing is a secondary bedroom, with roll out windows and a spacious closet. A linen closet is in the corridor, outside of the second bedroom.
BACKYARD The large tiered backyard holds tons of possibilities. A spacious redwood deck is a perfect place for outdoor dining, lounging, grilling, and entertaining- with easy access to the kitchen as well as the bath. Beautifully landscaped with native plants and drought-friendly succulents- the professionally excavated paths and steps lead to two lovely lawns. The lower lawn is perfect for loungers, a kiddie pool and lawn games. The upper lawn offers a lovely view of the Oakland hills, and holds a small arbor of various trees, both young & mature for shade and privacy. The deck expands onto the side yard, offering access to outdoor storage, including a cabinet to hold gardening supplies, and crawl space under the under the service porch.
THE COMMUNITY The quiet neighborhood is one of Oakland’s best kept secrets. It is family friendly and conveniently located between Highways 13 and 580 for an easy commute. Shopping and dining options are located a few blocks downhill. The Diamond shopping district at Fruitvale & MacArthur offers a variety of local shops and services including Farmer Joe’s organic market and Peet’s coffee.
KEYWORDS: Oakland CA, 4007 Lyman Rd., Oakmore Neighborhood, Brian Santilena, Pacific Union Real Estate Oakland CA