377 62nd Street
Built in 1915, this elegant Craftsman home is located between Claremont, Telegraph and Alcatraz avenues in Oakland’s highly desirable Rockridge neighborhood. Just a few short blocks to the renowned restaurants and shopping on these famous East Bay streets, and less than one mile from the Rockridge BART station, this spacious, vintage home offers formal living and dining rooms, a large, eat-in kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an office, and a den/family room. The Craftsman style of architecture in early 20th century exemplified a simple, harmonious blending of beauty and function using natural materials that reflected ties to nature, a utilitarian floor plan, and a high level of craftsmanship.
This lovely home perfectly embodies the style beginning with a classic Craftsman exterior that includes a side-gabled roof with a simple, gabled dormer, wide, overhanging eaves with simple wood brackets, and a covered porch with exposed wood ceiling rafters and tapered columns. The original Arts and Crafts front door opens to a welcoming foyer that provides a perfect transition to the home’s main living spaces. The foyer includes a Craftsman window that looks out to the front porch, a beautiful oak floor, tray ceiling, wainscoting, and a large, under-stair coat closet that was designed as a telephone closet during the early years of residential phone use.
The elegant formal living room is entered through a wide casement doorway to the right of the entry, and features many original details that include a picture rail, the original oak floor with a Greek-key rosewood border, and a Craftsman fireplace with a tiled surround and simple wood mantel. The bright, sunlit room has a small picture window situated above the lovely, original built-in bookcase to the left of the fireplace, and a larger, double-hung window on the right side of the fireplace. A large picture window faces the street, flanked by casement windows and topped by beautifully beveled glass lites. The spacious formal dining room is separated from the dining room by the original pocket doors with divided lites. The room has the rosewood-bordered oak floor, a picture rail, and a striking boxed beam ceiling. A lovely built-in sideboard sits between a matching pair of built-in display cabinets with leaded glass fronts, and a casement window over the sideboard brings plenty of natural light into the room. The large and sunny eat-in kitchen offers plenty of kitchen cabinet storage, separate KitchenAid refrigerators & freezer, a pair of Fisher Paykel DishDrawer dishwashers, and a Fisher Paykel stainless steel gas cooktop and chimney vent. A laundry space is conveniently located in the kitchen, with an LG washer and dryer, utility sink and laundry folding counter.
A large family room can be accessed from the kitchen and the dining room, and offers an oak floor, a step ceiling, and a wall of double-hung windows that face the wonderful back yard. The home’s bedrooms are on the second floor, up a wide, elegant foyer staircase that has a half landing and traditional turned balusters. A built-in linen closet is on the landing at the top of the stairs, and the second floor bathroom is ideally situated between the bedrooms. All of the bedrooms have the original wide baseboards, upper wall trim, window and door casements, glass doorknobs, closets with airing windows, and oak floors. The sizable master bedroom has two closets, and plenty of natural sunlight. On a clear day, a peek of San Francisco can be seen over the Oakland rooftops! A large, carpeted office/study is next to the master bedroom, and offers plenty of bright light from the wall of windows that look out to the backyard. A special feature of this vintage home is the large backyard that is fenced for privacy and has a redwood deck for entertaining, raised vegetable beds, a garden shed and the original, and detached garage.
The yard is perfect as a play space, for someone who loves to garden, or for simply enjoying the outdoors.377 62nd St. presents the opportunity to own a piece of Oakland’s Arts and Crafts history. These homes were extremely popular in the early 1900s, and are treasured today for their distinctive artistic style. With a desirable Rockridge location, proximity to the shops and restaurants on College and Claremont avenues and the ability to walk and bike everywhere, this home is truly special in every way.