Amenity Abundance in Coveted Crocker
4253 Lakeshore Avenue
4253 Lakeshore Avenue
Comprehensively updated, this four-bedroom, three-bathroom Traditional embodies an option-rich layout and expresses contemporary ideals. Highlights include a family room, open kitchen with access to a radiant new deck, and lower-level living space with separate entry. Invested with amenities, its central air conditioning and newly upgraded heating systems ensure comfort; eco- components generate and store clean energy with savings and include solar roof panels and a Powerwall, owned outright.
Tuck the car in the garage, and savor Crocker Highlands’ walkability. Everyday destinations are conveniently and enjoyably strollable: highly-rated schools, a cosmopolitan cuisine scene with celebrated cafes, Grand-Lake Farmer’s Market, and Trader Joe’s, plus recreation throughout the neighborhood including Davie Tennis Stadium, just around the corner. Multi-task your way into The City riding the Transbay bus or commuter carpool.
Gracefully elevated, the home’s façade spotlights architectural allure circa 1922. An arch motif carries from the divided-lite statement window to entry-porch openings and front door. Enter to a polished environment, throughout which lustrous wide-plank wood flooring lies under foot, a recessed lighting scheme integrates overhead, and preserved architectural facets remain at home in the living room. Through its Tudor-arch entryway, a barrel-vault ceiling cascades to crown molding, a focal-point arched window echoes the ceiling curvature, and an art-tile surround embellishes the original fireplace.
Far and wide renovation starts in the kitchen; a plethora of function outlines its large, airy footprint, which includes a grand area for gathering and an opening that flows to the back deck. A gleaming composition of natural-stone counters, glass-tile backsplashes, stainless appliances by Bosch and Samsung, and apron-front sink intermix with pearly cabinetry. The exterior connection invites outdoor dining on the long stretch of deck spanning the width of the property. Like the front, where hardscaping encloses a small garden, the back deck incorporates planter boxes for contained blooms, and the property overall requires minimal maintenance.
Stylistically synergistic, bathrooms reiterate elements, such as natural-stone tile in sophisticated neutrals. In the primary suite, a short flight above the main floor, a jet-equipped tub borders a glassed shower. A main-floor bedroom, with hall bathroom nearby, doubles well as an office. On the lower level, two bedrooms and family room are served by the third bathroom. Potentially separate dwelling space, this level contains water and gas hook ups, enabling the addition of a kitchen.
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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.