Move right in to this completely renovated 1908 California Victorian urban charmer in historic Golden Gate/Paradise Park ‘hood within convenient, hip NOBE! Built 1908, completely remodeled 2012. Enjoy the lower-traffic location behind Golden Gate Rec Center with convenient pedestrian way to San Pablo Ave. Entertainers delight: open flow living room, party-perfect kitchen/dining/deck suite, oasis landscaped yard, patios. 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, garage under house with interior access, expandable attic.
Green-gray clapboard exterior, peaked roof, bay windows, Victorian pillars and trim. Many vintage features preserved: high ceilings, deep picture moldings, wainscotting and other period details. Dark hardwood floors (except downstairs baths) with radiant heat throughout. White/gray/black neo-Victorian palette. Driveway, garage under house with direct access to lower level.
Past a tall palm tree a flight of steps leads to the sheltered porch with classic pillars and door. Windowed foyer welcomes you, opens to living room. The spacious, high-ceilinged living room with original wainscoting and moldings is filled with light from a deep triple window bay (community garden view), side windows and two clear-glass pendant lights. Opposite the open stairwell down (more clear-glass pendant lights) is a bedroom with walk-in closet (attic access), ideal for use as home classroom, office, studio or Zoom room.
Past the stairwell is the party-perfect entertainment/kitchen/dining suite: Dining nook features sputnik chandelier, French doors to outdoor dining deck, ½ bath and a breakfast bar open to the kitchen. Spacious, efficient chef’s kitchen features black counters, roomy trough-style double porcelain sink with Old Oakland picture window view, white cabinets with storage gizmos: lazy Susans, knife magnet, etc. Stainless steel appliances: gas stove, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher.
Head to the lower level from the stairwell or directly through the garage. Either way brings you to a hallway with washer/dryer in linen closet, and a front bedroom with landscaped view window, deep closet, retro fixture. An alcove tucked into the stairwell is big enough for a dresser, table or desk. A bath with gray and white marble tile floors features striking neo-Victorian mosaic floor inlay, white-tiled oversized shower, pedestal sink, retro medicine cabinet.
The luxurious primary suite features a wall of closets plus a walk-in closet, all with built-in storage. Two pendant drum lights and French doors to a private back patio light your hideaway. The spa-like ensuite bath features its own picture window to the patio, a larger mosaic inlay design in marble tile floor, a bathtub plus glassed-in shower, marble counter with double sinks, generous storage vanity and retro medicine cabinets.
The fenced, oasis back yard is landscaped for high entertainment and low maintenance. A concrete bench on three sides frames a faux-grass lawn with twin olive trees (+new peach tree), and long narrow beds (succulents, ornamental grass) between bench and fence.
NOBE (North Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville) is exceptionally convenient to San Francisco, plus North, South and East suburbs via freeways, Transbay bus, BART, ferries, Amtrak. Close to Emeryville/Berkeley bio and hi-tech industrial zone. Walkable/bikeable neighborhood with many parks and gardens. Near Emeryville trail head for Eastshore Park, San Francisco Bay Trail. Diverse and vibrant mix of old neighborhoods and new multi-family developments. Wide selection of ethnic dining and bakeries. Urban farms, chic cafes, art galleries, repurposed industrial and warehouses. Three farmers markets.
-ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD-
Discover NOBE, a convenient, diverse and vibrantly hip area with better weather than San Francisco, east of the Bay Bridge, gateway to the East Bay.
- On the Map: NOBE acronym means North Oakland, (South) Berkeley & Emeryville. These cities border each another just east of the Bay Bridge (to San Francisco), north and east of Hwy 580 (aka MacArthur Maze - to downtown Oakland and South Bay), south of 13 (Ashby Ave), west of 24 (to eastern suburbs). NOBE includes multiple early 20 Early 20th C. vintage neighborhoods: Bushrod Park, Golden Gate, Paradise Park, Gaskill, Santa Fe, Longfellow, South Berkeley.
- Transportation: NOBE is more convenient to San Francisco business and tech districts than many SF neighborhoods and not much farther to Silicon Valley. Commuting options: Bay Bridge, Transbay bus, Ashby BART, Emeryville Amtrak (to Sacramento, SoCal) even ferries from Jack London Square to SF and Marin. Half-hour to Oakland Airport. Drive directly via 580/980/80/24 to northern, southern and eastern suburbs.
- Industry: Once home to ship-building, railroad shipping and related services, today, NOBE is near the East Bay’s biotech and hi-tech industries: Bayer, Novartis, Pixar plus many smaller bio and tech companies west of San Pablo in Emeryville and South Berkeley. Also close to Oakland Pill Hill medical zone: Kaiser, Sutter Alta Bates Summit and Stanford Medical Center Emeryville. Industrial art studios, foundries, showrooms, studios and other small businesses along San Pablo, Ashby, 7th St, Adeline/Stanford, Market/Sacramento.
- Architectural styles: A scattering of 19th C. farmhouses and mansions survive among post-’06 Victorians, Edwardians and Craftsman bungalows. These eclectic styles are filled in by later-vintage, multi-family apartments, newer condos, converted industrial lofts, even firehouse condos! Some old homes have been remodeled, others await buyers’ creativity.
- Lifestyle: A diverse mix of old-time owners and renters, plus newcomers since the ‘90s. In a return to the area’s roots (see history note below), urban farming is popular among old and new residents, so community and private gardens abound and there are three close by farmers markets. These highly walkable and bikeable neighborhoods are served by many cafes, art galleries, ethnic restaurants, other urban amenities. Some Bay fog, but more sunny days here than in San Francisco!
- Dining and entertainment: Culturally rich and diverse. Ethnic restaurants from chic cafés and coffee shops to Ethiopian, Mexican, Indian, Southern, Soul Food, Thai, Vegan. Actual Café, Alchemy Collective, Arizmendi Bakery, Tribu Café, James and the Giant Cupcake, Lois the Pie Queen, Sweet Adeline Bakery, The Vault. Emeryville card rooms, historic Golden Gate Library Branch, small music venues, community theaters, galleries, etc.
- Many parks: Eminently walkable and bikeable. Charles Porter Golden Gate Recreation Center, Aquatic Park, Emeryville Marina, Mclaughlin Eastshore State Park/San Francisco Bay Trail, Bushrod, San Pablo, Doyle Hollis Parks.
- Shopping: Golden Gate shopping district along San Pablo Avenue. Large shopping centers at East Bay Bridge, Bay Street in Emeryville (Home Depot, Best Buy, IKEA, Trader Joe’s). A produce paradise at Berkeley Bowl East & West in south Berkeley. Local Farmers Markets include Farms to Grow CSA, Phat Beets (Saturday), South Berkeley (Tuesday), Temescal (Sundays). Many small local stores scattered along the old Key Route and railroad lines.
- History: Much of Old Oakland’s early 20th C. charm is preserved here. In 1900 it was mostly small farms with a few scattered houses. Individual subdivisions like Golden Gate were built up largely for and by refugees from the 1906 SF Earthquake and Fire. Hence so many Victorian, Edwardian and early Craftsman houses, vintage and remodeled. By 1925 the area was a series of Key Route streetcar suburbs, with many Italian immigrants (St Columba Church on San Pablo, social Club Fratellanza, founded 1932, still active at 1140 66th St). The WWII industrial boom brought in a flood of diverse workers for the shipyards and railroads. Post-war, many residents left for the suburbs. Today, two waves of urban hipsters mix with long-time residents and recent immigrants.