A Cultivated Classic
in Crocker Highlands
835 Grosvenor Place
The story of 835 Grosvenor Place
The quintessential four-bedroom Crocker Highlands Traditional teems with time-honored grace and fitting updates. Perfectly suited to its Grosvenor Place setting, the home and garden commingle with preserved Twenties architecture and eye-catching landscapes. Dark-stained hardwood floors, grand window arrays, and Tudor arches embellish the main floor, which includes a garden-outlook office; four bedrooms ring the second-floor landing, and renovations rejuvenate the full and half bathroom and classic-effect kitchen. The interior flows to manicured outdoor-living space that echoes the home’s elegance: a stone terrace encircled by shrub orbs invites dining and lounging; level lawn stretches to stone-edged borders brimming with evergreen and citrus trees.
The ideal location combines picturesque polish, neighborly spirit, and optimal access to great attractions. Stride or ride through scenic neighborhood streets to schools, including Crocker Highlands Elementary, plus a world of nearby cafes, shops, recreation, plus Grand Lake and Montclair Farmer’s Markets. Or roll out of the garage at the base of the paver-stone driveway and take advantage of convenient highway access.
With stately symmetry, the home’s façade features a pair of ornamented casement windows, and a petite balcony tops the columned entry. Enter to a radiant center-hall layout. Crystal lighting shimmers, walls of windows in formal living and dining rooms put gardens on display while dispersing natural light, and dark-wood flooring sparks a glamorous contrast to the bright ambiance.
New components dovetail with the home’s architectural character, including the gas fireplace and retro-current kitchen. Black and white checkerboard-patterned flooring underpins an efficient center-island layout and harmonizes with sleek quartz counters. Stainless appliances include a double-oven five-burner range, and plentiful cabinetry includes a butler’s pantry. From the kitchen, step out for terrace sun basking or evening dining by café lights. Kitchen adjacent, the office feels central but separate, and its garden vista presents a scenic backdrop for video conferencing.
Bedrooms also take in front and back gardenscapes and feature deep closets. Bathrooms express a vintage vibe; the hall bathroom unites subway tile, marble, and a furniture-effect vanity, while the main-floor powder room takes beadboard from vintage to vogue.
Comprising the full footprint of the home, the lower level offers an absolute bounty of utility space, with areas delineated for workshop, fitness, organized storage, and laundry. With a robust infrastructure beneath polished finishes, the home is reinforced by steel-beam construction and earthquake retrofitting.
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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.