Polished Haven in Glenview
1359 Excelsior Avenue
The story of 1359 Excelsior Avenue
This Glenview Bungalow, built circa 1905, now rejuvenated throughout its petite footprint, endows grand living. Lustrous new oak flooring underpins a layout free of hallways that maximizes living space. The fireplace-endowed living room flows to a dine-in kitchen with adjacent half bathroom. Two bedroom suites feature updated full bathrooms as well as configured walk-in closets; one of which, tented by a vaulted ceiling, extends to skylighted loft space, a naturally lit yoga spot, reading nook, or storage boon. All-level property fringes the home. A back-patio retreat gushes with flowering vines and dwarf fruit trees forming a privacy green screen, and the driveway culminates in a covered carport plus a garage that doubles as a windowed workshop.
Multifaceted Glenview abounds with architectural allure, commercial conveniences, and wonderful walkability. Stroll to beloved neighborhood schools, vibrant shopping, café culture. Enjoy quick highway access, or stow the car, and ride the Transbay bus.
Enter the home via the pillared front porch to a luminous environment revealing updates in every direction. Fresh blond hardwood flooring underfoot reflects sunlight delivered by a bay of upgraded windows, consistent throughout the home. Recessed lighting overhead augments natural light, and the geometric brick-surround fireplace magnifies the warm ambiance.
An open floorplan offers options. Living room and kitchen merge with a wide opening concealing pocket doors, which may be pulled into service to separate public spaces. A long stretch of speckled natural-stone counter and backsplash anchors one side of the kitchen with abundant prep, display, and buffet space. Copious cabinetry above and below provides a place for everything, and stainless appliances integrate. Broad dining area verges on a butler’s pantry composition that lends itself well as a beverage bar or baking station. A kitchen-adjacent outdoor connection brings added airiness and ease in accessing the exterior.
En-suite bedrooms grant amenities and privacy, and the back bedroom suite is embellished with extras, including a vaulted ceiling, wall alcove for media, and back-garden outlook; its bathroom, amid a checkerboard tile scheme, combines a claw-foot soaking tub in addition to a stall shower.
An abundance of storage and utility includes a laundry room, closets with generous dimensions, and basement space in addition to the garage.
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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.