Polished Crocker Highlands Traditional
843 Grosvenor Place
The story of 843 Grosvenor Place
Preservation and renovation elevate this three-bedroom, three-bathroom Traditional, equipping it for elegant indoor-outdoor living. Its classic-contemporary layout comprises main-floor public spaces, including the island-centric kitchen-family room, a freshly rejuvenated epicurean gathering place that flows to outdoor-enjoyment spaces; the second floor grants privacy to a plush primary suite plus two bedrooms that open to a garden-overlook lounging deck. As graceful as the home is its Grosvenor Place setting.
Cultivated and convenient, the location places the home among an array of striking, well-preserved architecture and offers perfect proximity to everyday everything. Stow the cars in the two-car garage off the gated paver-stone driveway with electric car charger; stroll or bike the neighborhood to distinguished schools including Crocker Highlands Elementary, and lively Lakeshore and Park Boulevard hubs brimming with cafes, shops, and recreation. Access close by to highways and transit adds convenience.
Altogether level property, in back, the deck and broad terrace inspire entertaining beneath the ethereal canopy of a serpentine oak tree; in front, a slate walk amid manicured lawn and garden forms an inviting approach to the home. Enter through the arched entry to an impeccably radiant interior showcasing original elements, such as hardwood floors, stained-glass accent windows, and built-ins. Standout architectural elements in formal living and dining rooms harmonize: expansive bays of divided-light windows and exquisitely crafted etched-glass cabinets, lit from within, that frame the gas fireplace and reiterate atop the inset hutch. Befitting updates include a comprehensive lighting scheme combining recessed arrangements plus focal-point sconces and ceiling fixtures that correlate to hardware throughout the home.
Reimagined, the kitchen-family room intersperses amenities in a winning layout that unites via French doors with outdoor living space. A grand-scaled island with seating area and a built-in banquette draw visitors, accommodating many. Dazzling quartz tops the island, counters and backsplashes. Gourmet appointments include six-burner cooktop and double ovens by Thermador, a pair of Fisher & Paykel dishwashers, and beverage station with wine storage. Pantries flank the banquette, and a built-in desk station integrates nearby, adding utility with unified style to this multifunctional space.
Also updated, bathrooms express sophisticated compositions. The main-floor full bathroom reflects neutral natural stone; marble-clad, the hall bathroom sets a timeless tone; in the primary suite bathroom, a sand-hued tile scheme envelops a pristinely preserved original tub, lending another touch of timelessness. Bedrooms offer leafy outlooks and deck-access leisure, and their spacious closets contain well-configured storage systems.
On the lower level, an office provides secluded work or study space and is among a multi-room layout offering workshop, fitness, laundry, and storage.
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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.