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Urban refuge! Side street, but near freeway, BART, shopping and everything you need. Built to the sidewalk, graced with urban trees: Date palm, magnolia, acacia, Princess tree, bougainvilleas. Vintage charm in gray clapboard siding, free-standing square pillars, bay windows. Garage under deck, off-street parking.
Modern updates preserve the original unique 1922 architectural character (pillared porch and entry, blond hardwood floors with chestnut borders, high wainscoting, built-ins, 3 window nooks!) in a contemporary neutral palette (white, gray, black, dark blue and teal accents).
Enter up a short sweep of stairs through the big front porch with room for a swing or lounge. Wainscoted entry foyer features a retro fixture, bookshelf and window reading nook. Two free-standing pillars open to living room with coved ceiling, white brick fireplace, corner window nook with bench/storage and view over the backyard and wonderful king palm tree toward Sausal Creek.
The dining room features high wainscoting under coved ceiling, built-in hutch with glass doors, bay windows, dramatic glass-globe chandelier. Open kitchen in white glazed brick & gray cupboards with black hardware, butcher block counters, stainless steel appliances: gas stove with hood, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave. Buffet/bar with wine storage, glass patio doors to back yard. Behind the kitchen is the laundry room with washer/dryer/storage, and back hall with big hall closet.
Primary bedroom (gray) featuring an inviting corner window nook (bench and storage), two closets. Second bedroom off primary with closet staged as a nursery but could be fantastic office as well. L-shaped third bedroom has side yard views, big closet. The full bathroom is updated with white/gray felsic quartz stone tile; vanity and medicine cabinet, shower over tub with glass doors.
Secluded, above-it-all, fenced outdoor spaces for dining, play and entertainment: two decks, flagstone patio with shade pergola, lawn, flower beds, big outbuilding. Smaller outside side space has trees, flowerbed, storage, shed, trash bin stash and create your own musical pieces in the detached music studio or use the space as a large office or guest room (just needs a window installed).
The neighborhood is filled with more than a century of Oakland history, close to parks, shopping and entertainment, with coffee shops, bodegas and more on upper Fruitvale, the lively Dimond and Laurel commercial districts along MacArthur Blvd above the freeway (approx.. 15 min stroll) and easy access to Oakland Hills parkland beyond. Convenient commuting Hwy 580 via Fruitvale or Coolidge, and Fruitvale BART (approx. 1.5 miles). What a fantastic place to call home!
The intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Fruitvale Avenue is the heart of Oakland's Dimond neighborhood, one of the city's most up-and-coming enclaves.
The walkable neighborhood boasts several major banks, two major grocery stores, a pharmacy, various mom-and-pop businesses and a Peet’s, La Farine and Grand Lake Kitchen. Families appreciate a branch of the Oakland Public Library, as well as Dimond Park and Dimond Recreation Center on Fruitvale Avenue. The Dimond Improvement Association (DIA) is committed to making the tight-knit neighborhood “a vital, safe and beautiful place” for its residents and plans community events -- including the annual Oaktober festival.
Interstate 580 forms the neighborhood's southern border, a convenient perk for commuters. Those who prefer public transportation can use AC Transit's NL bus line, which runs down MacArthur Boulevard and offers transbay service to downtown San Francisco on both weekdays and weekends.