1389 Trestle Glen Road
The story of 1389 Trestle Glen Road
On exquisitely hardscaped level property in Crocker Highlands, this rejuvenated Spanish Revival forms an ornamented oasis. Stylistic details exalt the home’s exterior and interior, and fitting updates complement them. Reimagined, the marble-embellished kitchen and bathroom suit the home’s character and add to its elegance. Ideally laid out, the main floor comprises radiant public spaces in a connected composition; two bedrooms enjoy privacy on the upper level as does the home office on the lower level. The interior opens to an enchanting garden; stone terrace and pea-gravel lounging areas feature a three-tier fountain, pergola fit for a hammock, and garden border with ethereal trees drawing a leafy curtain around the outdoor-living haven.
Lined with polished period architecture, antique street lamps and uniform trees, Trestle Glen sets the standard for picturesque plus convenience. Enjoy walkability to vibrant Park Boulevard and Grand-Lake for essential and enjoyable shopping, including the Saturday Farmer’s Market, casual and cultured dining, recreation and entertainment. Also nearby, celebrated neighborhood schools and transportation options make leaving cars in the attached garage a viable, eco option.
1920’s architectural attributes set a rustic-chic Mediterranean tone: a red-clay roof, balcony with wrought-iron balustrade, and arched focal-point window outlined with twisted-spiral molding. Unified in paver-stone, the driveway and front walk dovetail; the walk reaches an arch-topped gate to a garden-bound path as well as the home’s entry, hooded by a terra-cotta awning.
Strikingly luminous, the interior is laid out with an unobstructed sightline, flowing with natural light from the front floor-to-ceiling window through the foyer, dining room and to the dine-in kitchen. Dark hardwood flooring with vivid graining provides a gleaming contrast. Embellishing the living-room fireplace, the twisted-spiral motif carries from the exterior to columns that flank the surround, above which the mantle stretches to the gracefully coved ceiling. Recessed lighting integrates seamlessly, here and throughout the interior. Ceiling detail also distinguishes the dining room, which features a spacious closet.
Updated with a vintage vibe, the kitchen intermixes gray-veined marble counters, subway-tile backsplashes, and furniture-effect cabinetry. Stainless appliances integrate amid an efficient layout that includes a beverage bar and overlooks the garden. The windowed dining alcove presents a petite hutch, and a double-door pantry adds abundant storage capacity.
Renovated and refined, the bathroom unites a marble composition that adorns the double-sink vanity, seamless glass shower, and lies beneath the freestanding oval tub. One bedroom opens via French doors to a balcony, and both contain well configured closets.
The garden-outlook office doubles as a bedroom, offers access to the garden and spacious garage, windowed with built-in storage and workshop, equipping it for projects and fitness.
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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.