1100 Ashmount Avenue
1100 Ashmount Avenue
An exquisite period estate made current, 1110 Ashmount Avenue is everything. An exceptional location, majestic period architecture, strikingly fitting kitchen and bathroom renovations, grand-scale interiors connecting to expansive grounds, Bay views, and a spacious pied-a-terre, it amounts to a perfect paradox: twenty-first-century timeless. Completed within the past two years, transformations of the dine-in kitchen and bathrooms impart classic allure and functional distinction, harmonizing with original attributes throughout formal living, dining and sunroom, and five main-house bedrooms including the master suite, embellished with private balcony and Bayscape panorama.
Intersecting Piedmont and Crocker Highlands, picturesque Ashmount Avenue showcases renowned, well-preserved architecture set on substantial properties. Such a serene setting belies the location’s close proximity to everyday destinations including highly rated schools, access to public transportation and highways, plus shopping, dining, and recreation throughout the Lakeshore and Montclair hubs.
Built in 1927, French Normandy characteristics distinguish the home’s façade: a steeply pitched hip roof, prism-shaped tower encircled by narrow windows, and pointed-arch entry accentuated by a quoin-surround. The interior entrance hall, underpinned by checkerboard marble floor, establishes a vibrant and inviting dash of formality.
With a fluid layout, public rooms link together graciously and open to a broad, view-savoring deck. Preservation and renovation fuse seamlessly, while original attributes remain as fresh as updated facets. Divided-light windows deliver abundant sunlight, garden outlooks in the foreground and sweeps of the Bay beyond. Wall moldings, hardwood flooring, and a serpentine staircase add architectural flair. Framing the living room, a library wall with sliding ladder, chic black-and-white fireplace, and bay of windows with glass door form functional focal points. Main-floor spaces orbit the dining room, a nexus fit for a crowd.
Dovetailing with the home’s vintage character, the kitchen is rich in high-caliber components and casually elegant charisma. Gray-veined marble graces counters, backsplashes and a gathering-place island with French-blue cabinetry at its base and classic globe pendants overhead lending period authenticity. Fresh milk-white cabinetry fuses with stainless appliances including a BlueStar six-burner range and Miele wall ovens. Level out from the kitchen, a stone path connects to the sprawling terrace for lounging and level beds for play, outlined by blooming artistry and agriculture including exuberant perennials and fruit trees producing persimmons, peaches, apples, and citrus. The garden offers private entry to the lower-level apartment with full bathroom.
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Crocker Highlands Then & Now
A fascinating history launched the neighborhood that teems with enchantment today. Like Oakland’s symbolic oak tree, Crocker Highlands brandishes roots that delve deep and a vigor that endures. Owned in the 1880’s by Peder Sather, (whose name remains familiar for Cal’s iconic Sather Gate) the land was initially developed as Sather Park. An electric double-decker trolley ferried picnickers to the hilly dale, traversing a wooden trestle bridge that reached a glen marking entry to the park. The origin of the neighborhood’s illustrious Trestle Glen Road is revealed! Rail transportation prevailed, and the original East Bay Railways lines evolved into the Key System, carrying passengers between Oakland and San Francisco, increasing accessibility to this natural wonderland.
A cast of luminaries in their fields played influential roles in transforming the area.
Enter the Olmsted Brothers. Their father had designed New York’s Central Park. Next-generation Olmsteds ultimately created blueprints for noteworthy landscapes and parks across North America. Here, they laid out Oakland’s Mountain View Cemetery and Crocker Highlands ‘residential park’, delineating gracefully winding streets that hug the curves of the landscape with park areas sprinkled throughout. A crown atop the new garden suburb, its majestic entryway was fashioned by the architects of San Francisco’s City Hall, Bakewell & Brown.
Architects of note including Julia Morgan, Frederick Reimers, Maybeck & White also shaped Crocker Highlands, designing exalted homes that were erected mostly in the 1920’s. Grandly fashioned, these Tudor, Mediterranean, Italian Renaissance, Colonial, French Provincial homes bejewel the landscape along tree-lined streets interspersed with vintage streetlamps. With foresight to the future, Lakeshore Homes Association was established in 1917 to protect and preserve the neighborhood. Their oversight, coupled with owners who keep their period homes polished, has ensured that the dynamic assortment of architecture retains its original glory.
Today, homes remain ensconced in serene park-like surroundings, which sit on the verge of vitality.
Residents relish scenic walking and biking throughout the residential streets, green spaces, and adjacent attractions: beloved, highly rated Crocker Highlands Elementary; Lakeshore’s hub of unique café culture and independent boutiques; Trader Joe’s and the Farmer’s Market at Splash Pad Park, which features far more than produce and is an every-Saturday outing for many; historic Grand Lake Theater, the art deco movie palace; Lake Merritt’s rowing and boating, three-mile shoreline perimeter for walking and jogging, public gardens, Children’s Fairyland. A sparkling scene by day and night, the lake is encircled by a necklace of lights suspended from lamp posts, originally put up in 1925, now energy efficient and designated a landmark.
The historic Key System was recast in 1960 as AC Transit, which provides local and Transbay bus service to and from stops throughout the neighborhood. A swift 10-mile ride to downtown San Francisco makes an easy commute with Wi-Fi aboard. Convenient highway access, as well as BART, add to the ease of roaming the Bay Area.