Spacious Brown Shingle Rockridge Craftsman at Colby Park
Sold for $1,865,000
1,648 Sq Ft
3,800 Sq Ft
422 61st Street
Built in 1912, this stately Brown Shingle Craftsman home sits across the street from the hidden Oakland neighborhood jewel that is Colby Park. Tucked into an enclave of early 20th century houses that surround the park on a non-thoroughfare street, only a few fortunate homeowners are able to call this private neighborhood home. Wonderfully situated between residential Colby and Canning streets, this location is only a few blocks to all that Telegraph and Claremont avenues have to offer, and just two blocks to the highly ranked Peralta Elementary School.
The exterior of this vintage home perfectly exemplifies the Arts and Crafts brown shingle architectural attributes typical of these historic residences, characterized by multiple overhanging roof lines, a large front porch, and the brown cedar shingles from which the style gets its name. Slate tile stairs lead to a sitting porch with a plank ceiling and Craftsman-style light fixtures, and a handsome redwood Craftsman-style door adds to the home’s authentic Craftsman facade. Inside, the walls and trim have been freshly painted a clean white to emphasize the classic architecture while complementing the modern updates.
A formal foyer gives a preview of the home’s vintage details and provides a transition between the living room on the left and the dining room straight ahead. The newly refinished original oak floor that begins here is found throughout the home, continuing into the living room, dining room, and two of the bedrooms. The kitchen flooring has been newly updated to match. The formal living room is washed in sunlight from picture windows that look over the front garden and Colby Park, the better to show off the gorgeous 9-foot coffered ceiling. A gas fireplace sits between built-in bookcases, providing a wonderful place in which to gather on cool winter nights. The sunlit dining room was designed for entertaining and gatherings both large and small, and includes a coffered ceiling that mirrors the one in the living room.
An updated, eat-in kitchen sits behind the dining room. The new oak flooring is paired with ample white, Shaker-style cabinets, drawers and a pull-out pantry allow for lots of kitchen storage, and new elegant soapstone counters are complemented by a soft white ceramic tile backsplash. The present owners recently commissioned an architectural plan for a kitchen remodel, and the drawing is available for prospective buyers to consider.
A 2016 home addition extends behind the kitchen, showcasing a beautiful primary bedroom and bathroom suite. Measuring 377 square feet, this lovely space has contemporary amenities, yet is completely compatible with the vintage character of the home. The bedroom has a wall of oversized windows that provide a view of the private backyard with it’s tall bamboo hedges, and the bathroom offers a large walk-in shower, a dual vanity topped with quartz, a walk-in closet and a spectacular built-in wardrobe that is as beautiful as it is functional. For optimization of natural light, both rooms have soaring 11-foot ceilings. Two additional bedrooms are located to the left of the dining room, and feature the original oak floor and closets with airing windows. An attractive, well-sized bathroom sits between the bedrooms and has been remodeled to include a teak vanity topped with quartz, and a tub/shower combination with a white subway tile surround.
A notable feature of the home is the 800-square-foot bonus area that has many flexible and desirable uses. Located at street level, this expansive, largely finished space includes a laundry room, storage areas, half bathroom and two additional large rooms. The spacious front room is sunny and bright, and might be used for a playroom, family room, or a home office.
Located in a coveted Oakland neighborhood, 422 61st St. is a truly exceptional home. that offers a spacious, beautifully maintained residence with vintage charm, 21st century amenities, and a location that’s just minutes to the shopping and restaurants in Temescal. Elmwood and Rockridge.