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Set at the top of a sunny hill, this enchanting 1900 Victorian is the ideal combination of historically classic design, modern charm and appealing additions. Its street presence is strong - it sits on a corner lot where the front yard is simply landscaped to highlight the big evergreen tree and the architectural features such as corbels and gable board. A huge, gated driveway is accented by a colorful bougainvillea, and the home's wide porch is a lovely, quiet spot to sit and admire the garden.


Inside, there is so much to savor: the living and dining rooms enjoy lots of light from the bay windows, and the spacious primary bedroom has a sitting room/home office and a roomy en suite bathroom with double sinks, hex tiles and a stone shower. High ceilings and large windows make it feel bright and airy.


The eat-in kitchen is certain to delight any chef - the counters and island have quartz countertops and the ample storage, thoughtful updates and smart layout make this room the heart of the home. A convenient laundry room with a sink overlooks the backyard. Through a sliding barn door is a fabulous family room with soaring high ceilings, skylights and a classic vintage-style bathroom with a handsome clawfoot bathtub. A Dutch door exits onto a private deck, with stairs to the garden below.


The second floor has angled ceilings and partially-exposed beams, with three charming bedrooms, all with built-ins, and a full bathroom. The back bedroom has a wonderful loft space, perfect for children's games and daydreams. The picture window frames a delightfully quintessential California view of the Oakland Hills. The middle bedroom is especially sunny with outlooks of housetops and trees. The spacious front bedroom has a cozy window nook with a sweet view of the tree branches shading the eaves. 


The wraparound backyard has a lot to discover. An entertainer's dream, on the driveway side and under a pergola is a private patio, complete with a built-in grill and sink. A flat turf area is bordered by stone planters and a trailing passionfruit. Banana, fig and grapefruit trees, and some raised beds make this a nice kitchen garden. The side yard is a playful place, with a swing set and built-in sandbox. The yard is quiet, spacious and truly can be enjoyed from every angle.


Wonderful in so many ways, this captivating home is a rare and happy find. 

Type: SingleFamily
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3.0
Floor size: 1966 sqft
Lot: 4550 sqft
Year Built: 1900
Room count: 11
Heating: Forced air
Cooling: None
Roof type: Asphalt
Exterior material: Wood products
Parking: 4


The Bella Vista neighborhood is one of Oakland's best kept secrets - close to everything, quiet at night and genuinely a mixture of all lifestyles. A few blocks away in neighboring Clinton are several excellent neighborhood restaurants: Michelin recommended Champa Garden (Thai/Laotian), Philomena (Pizza and Beer), and Kainbigan (Filipino). Portal Restaurant and some of Oakland's best taco trucks are also nearby. Sunny all the time, it is a quick trip to Lake Merritt, the farmers' market and the excellent shopping at Lakeshore, and is near to the Glenview neighborhood, with the delights of Park Sushi, Bellanico and Park Burger.

The neighborhood has a rich history. Several mansions were built in the area, including Arbor Villa, the estate of Francis M. “Borax” Smith. The mansion stood between East 28th Street and East 22nd Street until the Great Depression when it was demolished and the property sold off in parcels to build more modest homes. The line of tall palms down 9th Avenue which ran along the eastern border of the property, is all that remains today of the fantastic estate. 

Nearby in Clinton, the Ellen Kenna House, an 8,000+ square foot Victorian masterpiece designed by Augustus Laver, still stands on East 21st Street near 12th Avenue. Across East 21st Street and behind a row of more recent homes, stands Cedar Croft, once the home of John J. Valentine, a gun slinging stage coach driver who rose to become president of Wells Fargo Bank. It is rumored that Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday and Black Bart were among the guests at Cedar Croft.


Showings by Appointment Only:

Contact Jennifer Telfeyan
(510) 239-3336
[email protected]

Contact Brian Cheek
(510) 325-4451
[email protected]



Brian Cheek

Broker Associate | DRE 01875052Keller Williams Realty | DRE 02029039Brian Cheek Homes(510) 325-4451

Jennifer Telfeyan

REALTORⓇ | DRE 02064329Keller Williams Realty | DRE 02029039Brian Cheek Homes510.239.3336

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