Gracious Mediterranean in Upper Dimond


Living room

I am pleased to present 3809 Forest Hill Avenue, a lovely home  in the urban up-and-coming and active Dimond neighborhood. This home offers a tranquil retreat, while being very close to commute options.  There are two bedrooms and a bath with shower upstairs, and a great bonus room* and partial bath downstairs. Guests are welcomed to a landscaped front garden of blooming plants and mature trees.  In a classic Mediterranean style you find a tiled roof (recently replaced) and arched opening to the front porch. You are greeted in a formal entry hall with oak floors, hall closet and charming recessed nook. The gracious living room features a beamed cathedral ceiling, and abundant light streams through a large picture window, as well as true-divided light windows flanking the wood-burning fireplace.  The formal dining room affords views of the garden, including the blooming jacaranda tree! Share breakfast near the bay window of the spacious eat-in kitchen with natural wood counters and cabinets. Views of the trees make for even doing the dishes a pleasant task!

Two bedrooms and a tiled bathroom open off a central hallway. The bathroom includes both tub and stall shower with deco-style etched glass door. Follow the stairs down to a bonus room, which has served the seller as a wonderful office/guest room with views of the garden. There’s also interior access to the garage for convenient unloading of your car in a flat and dry enclosure. A separate laundry area with extra toilet leads out to the brick patio and garden. Enjoy the shade from the gorgeous live oak, or partake of your own bounty from the vegetable garden! Many of the plants in both front and back gardens are natives, and no pesticides have been used. This organic garden is surrounded by a fence constructed of sustainably-harvested lumber, in a shared project with the neighbor. Over the years the owners have enjoyed seeing over thirty species of birds in this garden!

front walk

Front walkway

The Dimond District features super shopping as well as community features. Farmer Joe’s and La Farine are favorite spots, in addition to Pete’s, Caffé Diem, the Dimond Cafe and several local options for Asian, Indian, hot dogs and hamburgers, tacos, pizza—there’s lots of variety! This home rates an 80 on Walkscore for convenience: “very Walkable.”

The Dimond branch of the Oakland Library is close by, as is Dimond Park, complete with tennis courts and a wonderful outdoor swimming pool. A short-cut takes you over to the Glenview District for further shopping options along Park Boulevard. Sequoia Elementary school is only a few blocks away, and a bit further up on Lincoln Avenue brings you to the Head-Royce private school. Your driving commute is easy, either via Highway 580 or to 13.


Fireplace with bracketed mantel

The neighborhood is organizing for quite a big local event: Oaktoberfest on October 1st, a local craft brew festival. I love that they also feature a Rootbier Garten! Check out the details at In addition to the generally convenient aspects of this location, this particular block has an active emergency response group and offers a true sense of community to the buyers of 3809 Forest Hill Avenue. The sellers have very much enjoyed their dozen years here, and you can read their story.

There are flowers all around the house.

I would enjoy welcoming you to the Sunday open home on August 28th 2-4:30 pm.

And here’s more on Oakland as a great place to live!

*My client has recently applied to have the bonus room, which is completely finished and has a permitted heater, to become part of the official square footage in public records. We are waiting for that review.

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