745 Walavista Avenue - $1,495,000
Maximally Enhanced Crocker Craftsman
In Crocker Highlands – Oakland’s Most Historic Neighborhood
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The story of 745 Walavista Avenue
This indoor-outdoor haven, renovated and expanded with appreciation for its Craftsman roots, integrates high-caliber components and a fortified infrastructure. Transformed over time, it features extraordinary surfaces, fixtures, appliances, and well-configured spaces throughout its four-bedroom, two-bathroom layout. A resort-like master suite indulges in a widely windowed outlook, opening to the outdoor hardscape and luxuriantly landscaped garden. Amid this urban oasis, multi-level entertaining terraces integrate a complete kitchen station, dining area, and firepit lounge as an organic extension of the home outlined by a natural privacy screen.
In this Crocker Highlands setting, time-honored architecture graces a neighborhood abounding with vitality and convenience. While the property embodies a retreat, it remains central, even walkable, to Lakeshore-Grand’s shopping, dining, and recreation.
The home’s Craftsman attributes establish an informal yet cultured aesthetic, original elements blending with stylistically fitting refurbishments. Evident upon entry, they include hardwood flooring, the living room’s tile-surround fireplace, upgraded to gas, flanked by built-in bookshelves, and double-hung windows, multi pane atop single pane, cased in wide trim. Fully remodeled but emblematic of period style, the kitchen shines with stainless appliances by Sub Zero, Wolf, and Miele. In perennially appealing black and white, soapstone countertop and sink meet cabinetry with Craftsman sensibility. Bespoke cherry benches and table are set within the breakfast nook, as though they’ve been in residence since 1921. Adjacent is a laundry room and connection to the outdoor nature-savoring, grilling-party garden. On a paver-stone terrace spanning the length of the home, a stacked-stone-encased kitchen integrates everything for refrigerating, preparing and serving al fresco. And the elevated terrace with custom gas firepit encourages lingering after dark, surrounded by a lighting-accentuated landscape.
A deck from the fireplace-endowed master suite overlooks and connects to the outdoor living space. Inside, the radiant and richly appointed master bathroom includes a deep soaking tub set in an alcove of ceiling-height windows, a separate water closet, shower with floor-to-ceiling limestone, and double-sink vanity of handsome wenge topped by vessel sinks and glass. Three remaining bedrooms, one of which doubles nicely as an office, are served by a full bathroom also appointed with limestone and wenge. The master’s pair of double-door closets, like all, contain customized built-in configurations. Additional storage is plentiful and includes an attached garage also containing built-ins plus workshop, and lower-level storage, including a wine room.
A robust infrastructure ensures efficiency and contemporary comforts, such as central air conditioning, on-demand hot water, new electrical and copper plumbing, French drain system, dual-pane windows, house-wide ceiling speaker system, and more.
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