1123 El Centro Avenue
Built in 1922, this stunning 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom Craftsman home with a detached cottage has been newly renovated and offers a wonderful combination of preserved vintage details and thoughtful new finishes that perfectly complement the age and history of the house. Located in Oakland’s sought-after Glenview district, the neighborhood offers the tranquility found in a residential area yet is less than a mile from Park Street’s quaint restaurants, coffee shops, and family-owned businesses.
This exceptional property offers formal living and dining rooms; a large eat-in kitchen; two bedrooms; one bathroom; and a spacious full-height basement that has renovation potential. The property also includes an unwarranted cottage that measures 420 sq. ft. and features an eat-in kitchen, office/guest room, and full bathroom. The home’s exterior has classic Arts and Crafts bungalow lines with a broadly sloping roof supported by decorative brackets and exposed rafters, stucco walls, and a wide picture window adorned with dentil moulding that’s situated on one side of the house and a wide, off-center, partially covered porch on the other. New drought-tolerant landscaping includes dramatic giant succulents and dark charcoal gravel that works beautifully with the home’s dark gray paint with brilliant white trim and is as easy to maintain as it is beautiful.
The new solid wood multi-lite front door opens to a sweet, well-lit foyer with a stylish geometric tile floor that transitions into traditional living and dining rooms. The spacious living room features the newly refinished original oak floor; a fireplace with a beautifully detailed surround; decorative Craftsman windows; and an oversized picture window that offers views of the front garden and the street. The living room opens to a formal dining room that has an oak floor, a china cabinet alcove, new dual-pane windows, and beautiful door and window trim. Both the living and dining rooms feature elegant egg-and-dart crown moulding that brings formality to these lovely Craftsman rooms.
The newly remodeled eat-in kitchen is a cook’s dream with KitchenAid stainless steel appliances and white Shaker cabinets. The kitchen counters are a marbled white quartz that is offset with a white subway tile high backsplash and a dark gray slate floor. Sliding doors open to a redwood deck perfect for grilling or indoor/outdoor entertaining.
Like most classic early 20th-century bungalows, the home’s bedrooms and bathroom are situated adjacent to the foyer and the kitchen and can be closed off from the public spaces. Both bedrooms are comparable in size and typical in size and features for the period and have the original oak floors and window and door trim as well as newer dual-pane windows. The tastefully remodeled bathroom is conveniently located between the bedrooms and has wonderful geometric tiles on the floor, new fixtures, a quartz vanity top, and a white subway tile surround for the bath/shower combination.
A special feature of this property is the detached cottage in the backyard that has been extensively remodeled. The cottage consists of 420 sq. ft. and offers an eat-in kitchen, a full bathroom, and an office space or bedroom; the finishes are the same as those in the main house. This is a truly wonderful, flexible space for an office, guest house, or a place to simply relax.
Oakland’s Glenview neighborhood offers considerable transit options for the commuter. Close to highway 13 and I-580, there are active casual carpool lanes to San Francisco on Park Street, and AC Transit offers several transbay buses as well as local routes to downtown Oakland and beyond. Lake Merritt BART is easily accessible via bus or by car. In addition, the shopping and restaurants on Lakeshore and Grand avenues are just minutes away, and Dimond Park with its pool, recreation center, and trails along Sausal Creek are just outside your backyard.
Nearly one hundred years old, 1123 El Centro Avenue is a true Arts and Crafts architectural gem in turn-key condition and ready to welcome a new owner who will create their own history in this much-loved home.