Built in 1912, this gracious Craftsman house is located in Bushrod, a sought-after Oakland neighborhood that was No. 1 in Redfin’s “Hottest Neighborhoods of 2017”
annual list. This spacious, turnkey property has two levels, and features formal living and dining rooms, an eat-in kitchen, six bedrooms, two bathrooms, laundry/mudroom, and a semi-attached garage. This ideal location provides easy access to both Rockridge and Ashby BART stations, UC Berkeley, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, the renowned shopping and restaurants on College and Telegraph avenues, and the new Shops At The Ridge
The handsome Craftsman exterior offers wonderful curb appeal with black wrought-iron stair railings leading to a covered front porch that has a stepped ceiling and understated white pillars. The gracious façade includes wood shingles, decorative windows with divided lights, and a prominent dormer window on the gabled roof.
Inside, many of the home’s charming original Craftsman details have been preserved, while many of the newer upgrades reflect today’s modern needs while staying true to the home’s original Craftsman aesthetic.
A formal foyer welcomes you to the home and provides a gracious transition to the formal public rooms. The foyer walls and ceiling are covered in tall board and batten wainscoting, providing a preview of the beautiful Craftsman wainscot paneling that graces so many rooms in the house. The bright, sunlit living room is to the left of the entrance, and the ceiling and walls are covered with board and batten wainscoting, a design derived from a centuries-old marriage of utility and style, and the epitome of Arts and Crafts simplicity. The large room has a beautifully refinished vintage oak floor, and the many original casement windows are embellished with divided lights and are fully functioning. A substantial window seat is built into a boxed bay is next to a fireplace that has a traditional mantel and striated marble tiles on the surround and hearth.
The formal dining room is large enough to easily entertain a large gathering, but without being imposing. The room perfectly showcases the tall board and batten wall covering, and the refinished oak floor and box bay window and window seat are perfect finishes for this elegant room.
The updated, eat-in kitchen is situated behind the dining room, and features an oak floor, granite counters, and plenty of double-hung windows that allow bright light into the room. Premium stainless steel kitchen appliances include a Bosch dishwasher, GE Profile gas range, and a Fisher & Paykel French-door refrigerator.
Three of the home’s bedrooms and one bathroom are located on the first floor and are situated on a self-contained hallway, typical for Craftsman homes of this period. The master bedroom sits at the end of the hall and is the largest bedroom on this first floor. The room has the same simple wainscoting as the home’s formal rooms, and has a hardwood floor and original casement windows that offer views of the lovely maple trees and mature garden in the backyard. The closet has a traditional airing window as well as a vintage five-panel door with the original brass hardware. The two other bedrooms are down the hall, and are typical in size for the age of the home and also feature hardwood floors and vintage paneled doors. A roomy, updated bathroom is next to the master bedroom, and has a wood vanity with a granite top, a white tile floor and shower/tub combination with a simple white tile surround.
The second floor provides an entirely updated and separate living space that is ideal for guests, teens, or simply a quiet refuge. This sunlit second level offers three generous bedrooms that have walk-in closets, new carpeting and are freshly painted. The remodeled bathroom features a large vanity with a quartz top and bathtub/shower combination with a brilliant white tile surround, contemporary touches that blend in seamlessly with this vintage home.
656 60th St. offers the opportunity to own a venerable Craftsman home that has been beautifully updated in keeping with its early 20th century design and spirit. Wonderfully situated near Telegraph Ave. and a short drive or bike ride to BART, College Avenue and Rockridge
, this home is a true Oakland treasure.