Fashionable Tri-Level Home
908 Erie Street
The story of 908 Erie Street
Perfectly placed one quiet block from lively Lakeshore, this chic home offers three levels of living space abundant with options. Cohesively renovated, its main floor flows from polished living, dining, open island-centric kitchen to three bedrooms, two fresh and fabulous full bathrooms. Descend one level to a two-bedroom, one-bathroom suite granted a full kitchen, living-dining space, office alcove, and separate entry. And a level below, a smaller suite includes a kitchenette, bedroom, bathroom, and exterior access. In total, six bedrooms, four bathrooms comprise one expansive home with a layout enabling three residences.
In a best-of-all-worlds location, the home sits tucked on a tranquil residential street among well-preserved architecture, merely a block from bountiful Lakeshore Avenue.
Wonderfully walkable, the setting offers ideal access to unique and useful shopping, cafes, recreation, Farmer’s Market, and transportation. Stow the car in the attached garage when exploring the neighborhood on foot, bike, or taking public transit beyond it.
Twenties flair ornaments the home’s façade. Enter to a spacious foyer that fans out, blond hardwoods under foot and recessed lighting overhead, to a living room graced with stacked-stone fireplace, luminous skylighted dining room and open kitchen. The island invites casual dining and interaction with the chef utilizing the island’s auxiliary sink or microwave. Amid luxe cabinetry concealing a Bosch dishwasher and including a butler’s pantry wall of elegant storage and display, standout components intermix: an apron-front sink and BlueStar six-burner range. A glossy counterpoint to rich-gray cabinetry, white subtly veined counters meet white subway-tile walls.
Bathrooms sparkle with premium pizazz. On the main floor, floating components hover above beautifully bold tile. A freestanding tub augments a shower in the hall bathroom, and the en-suite bathroom propels black and white from classic to contemporary. Extending stylistic cohesion to the lower level, the kitchen echoes the deep-gray cabinetry, white subway tile and stone counters; high-caliber appliances integrate among them. The bathroom reiterates ebony overscaled hexagonal tile. Similar tile in milky white graces the lowest-level bathroom, which features a contemporary take on a clawfoot tub.
Step out to hardscaped elements outlined by perennials in both front and back, creating thriving outdoor-living spaces. A broad back deck spans the width of the home and gains privacy from leafy surroundings including citrus trees; the garden, just a couple steps below, features level turf and planting boxes. In front, a stone terrace nestles amid landscaping and encourages lounging.
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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.