Fruitvale Bungalow Gem
As my first listing as a McGuire agent I have listed the home of a dear friend in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. Unlike North Berkeley, Albany, or Rockridge, I will claim no neighborhood expertise. But the architectural details are outstanding! The living and dining room ceilings each feature, and an unusually attractive wooden box pattern outlines the living room ceiling. Original built-ins feature prominently in both rooms. The central feature of the living room is a window seat surrounded by bookcases above which sits a lovely stained glass window. In the dining room we find a tall buffet. Wainscoting capped by a plate rail encircles the entire dining room. Above that rail the seller has installed a beautiful Bradbury & Bradbury hand-printed wallpaper pendant frieze that makes the room glow!
In this 1913 brown shingle quintessential period details combine with the pleasures of an updated kitchen, baths and new internal systems. Over the past eight years the seller has resurfaced, restored, painted or prepared every inch of this home to get it ready the next buyer. It has two bedrooms and an updated bath with tiled floor and walls finished with slate tiles. The spacious updated kitchen opens to a deck and back garden. The kitchen also gives access to the lower level where you’ll find an additional bedroom, bath with stall shower plus space and garage. This lower level was developed without permits and cannot be counted for benefit of appraisal, but provides tremendous flexibility of use. Even the attic is a real asset here: it’s been re-enforced and outfitted with copious storage units.
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