Crocker Traditional with Gourmet Garden

806 Mandana Boulevard

Crocker Highlands

Oakland, CA

$ 1,495,000






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Winningly retouched kitchen and bathrooms intermix with time-honored touches in this three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom Crocker Highlands Traditional. Concrete and glass mosaic-tile surfaces are at home amid the majesty of well-preserved architecture. Charismatic main-floor rooms feature auxiliary spaces, including a library alcove and butler’s pantry, and second-floor bedrooms include the primary suite. The home overlooks and opens to an elaborate oasis; a deck, slate terraces, and wood-fired pizza oven surrounded by luxuriant landscaping invite lounging and dining, and a detached studio offers work and play possibilities.

Broad Mandana Boulevard, lined with trees, antique street lamps, and period homes, creates an enchanting environment, walkable to neighborhood abundance. Stride or ride to schools nearby, including Crocker Highlands Elementary, plus Lakeshore’s cafes, shops, recreation, and Farmer’s Market. Access to highways and public transit is just as convenient.

The home’s façade, graciously set back from the sidewalk, projects stately symmetry. Squarely centered, an arched lintel hoods the entry and echoes its rounded opening. It opens to a center-hall layout, underpinned by hardwood floors, where the foyer flows to living and dining rooms, both edged with divided-light glass doors. The living room fireplace features a wood-burning stove supplying alternative heat. Extending from the room, the library chamber embellished with glassed bookcases forms a windowed sitting room or office. In the dining room, a built-in hutch nestles within an arched niche.

An extension of the kitchen, the butler’s pantry lends itself as a buffet and beverage bar. Concrete countertop here carries to the kitchen, where it meets updated cherry cabinetry that dovetails aesthetically with original examples in the butler’s pantry. Adjacent to the Thermador range, bamboo countertop complements the concrete. Period-style pendant lighting tops off natural illumination throughout the garden-view space, which opens to a cedar deck ideal for al fresco dining. Adjoining it, lawn outlined by blooming borders and crisscrossed by curvaceous paths leads to the pizza-oven patio, French-doored studio, additional terraces, and garden shed.

All updated, bathrooms include a kitchen-adjacent powder room. Upstairs, the hall and primary-suite bathrooms correlate stylistically via cork flooring. Glass mosaic tile stretches from concrete countertop to ceiling in the primary bath. A pair of squared sinks are sculpted within the milky concrete, and the glassed shower reiterates mosaic tile.

Thoughtful storage spaces throughout the home include a large walk-in closet in the primary suite, a kitchen pantry, a pair of coat closets flanking the front entry, and more; the lower level provides extra storage space plus laundry facilities.


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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.