Thoughtfully Remodeled & A New 2nd Story in Crocker Highlands
1418 Barrows Road
1418 Barrows Road
A reinvention in Crocker Highlands, this enchanting 1920’s Tutor retains the allure of the original and gains spaciousness, a contemporary layout, and luxurious appointments. New compositions throughout the interior reflect a classic sensibility in a nod to the period framework established by hardwood floors and coved ceilings. Four bedrooms and three stylistically unified bathrooms include a primary suite elevated in airiness and amenities. Public spaces flow from formal living to dining room, off which an office extends. Adjacent, the top-tier kitchen merges with a truly-great great room designed with media in mind. The dining room opens via French doors, and a few steps away, lies the back flagstone terrace amid a curvaceous garden border; it correlates to luxuriant landscaping in front, abundant with bursts of color and texture amid paver paths.
The single elongated block that is Barrows Road creates a serene setting with walkability to beloved schools, recreation, shopping, and café-going on Lakeshore and Park Boulevard. Explore the neighborhood on foot, bike, or make use of transit options while the detached garage and long driveway, enclosed by wooden gate, store multiple cars.
As a stepping-stone walkway arcs through the front garden to the entry porch, it sets a refined tone that carries to the interior. Enter to a foyer imbued with a plethora of storage that organizes entryway essentials. An elevated living-room ceiling and expansive three-panel window amplify the room’s already large scale. The dining room showcases a built-in bar equipped to store, display and serve. Nearby, the office is conveniently central yet simultaneously tucked away.
Renovated with reverence for the home’s roots, the kitchen pairs subway-tile backsplashes with natural-stone counters; their sophisticated shades of gray tie to brushed nickel hardware on cabinetry, which features a pantry with pull-out shelving.
Stainless appliances include a six-burner range by Thermador and a French-door refrigerator. A peninsula that offers bar-stool seating bridges the kitchen and great-sized great room, which integrates a massive media wall and overlooks the back garden.
A main-floor bedroom is served by a full bathroom; on the second floor, three bedrooms and two full bathrooms include the primary suite with dressing room. Its bathroom syncs up aesthetically with the other bathrooms in its natural-stone flooring and gray-veined counters; grander in scale, it combines a frameless glass shower with rainfall element plus soaking tub and a pair of sink-topped vanities. The bedroom chamber’s vaulted ceiling stretches to the bathroom, where a soaring skylight delivers natural light.
An abundance of built-in storage and utility integrates throughout the home and includes a second-floor concealed laundry facility.
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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.