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990 Longridge Road
The story of 990 Longridge Road
Well suited to majestic Longridge Road, this five-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom Traditional reflects rejuvenation mirroring the home’s Twenties magnificence. Elegance reigns throughout: hardwoods gleam, uber-equipped marble-clad kitchen and primary-suite bathroom embrace a classic aesthetic, spacious and gracious formal rooms include a main-floor bedroom that doubles as a family room. Here, and in the dine-in kitchen, French doors promote airy, garden-centric living, merging contiguously with a refined stone terrace extending a central path through perennial-bordered lawn.
A setting superlative, Crocker Highlands’ Longridge Road combines architectural and scenic allure plus ideal proximity to beloved neighborhood schools, unique cafes, shopping, and recreation throughout Lakeshore and Park Boulevard hubs. Stow multiple cars in the attached garage and enjoy neighborhood conveniences and attractions on foot or bike.
Original embellishments ornament the home’s façade, such as decorative medallions and columns flanking the entry porch. Step in to a luminous environment where preserved casement windows offer leafy outlooks and a slightly elevated perspective on cultivated surroundings. Also perfectly preserved, a standout Batchelder art-tile fireplace captivates with color and a windswept landscape frieze.
Thoroughly updated yet in sync with the home’s character, the kitchen integrates luxe surfaces and a Viking suite that impart timeless cachet and extensive functionality. Appliances include a six-burner cooktop, wall oven, and a warming drawer: a small component that makes a big difference in serving multiple items at optimum temperature and in proofing bread. Overlayed with panels, the refrigerator and dishwasher blend seamlessly with fresh-white cabinetry. A great flow through the outstretched layout leads to a dining alcove with built-in hutch, overlooking and opening broadly to the back garden. Take the kitchen-adjacent stairs down to the wine cellar-tasting room, where hundreds of bottles may be properly preserved and organized.
Upstairs, four bedrooms and a hall bathroom draped in sand-hued natural stone fan out around the landing. In the primary suite, a pair of closets flanks a windowed alcove, and the comprehensively updated bathroom reveals a classic sensibility with contemporary spa-worthy amenities. Expansive, it easily accommodates a freestanding tub plus glass shower and double-sink vanity, whose cabinetry is augmented by in-wall cabinets. Adjacent to another full bathroom, the fifth main-floor bedroom, interchangeable as a family room or office, unites with the garden
The lower level features, in addition to the wine cellar, a workshop area with project and storage space, a half bath, access to the attached garage and to the home’s exterior.
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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.