Renovated Oakland Mid-Century Home on a Quiet + Secluded Street
Sold for $1,333,500
2,503 Sq Ft
13,680 Sq Ft
83 Maiden Lane
Called “The Treehouse” by the current owners, this spacious mid-century home is located on a forested, secluded street that’s walking distance to Oakland’s iconic LDS Church and Head Royce School, and is just minutes to Montclair Village. Built in 1957, the house has undergone major renovations yet retains much of its mid-century architectural charm. Surrounded by a lush grove of redwood, bay laurel and eucalyptus specimen trees, the property also abuts a park-like two acres of undeveloped land that may be able to be acquired.
The home’s interior is a thoughtful combination of mid-century design and contemporary renovations. Visitors are greeted with an entry foyer that provides a transition to the spacious open floor plan that is an architectural hallmark of the first floor. A whitewashed brick chimney stack separates the foyer from the living room, which is open to the kitchen and dining room. This updated design was intended to bring the spectacular outdoors inside, beautifully accomplished by walls of windows and sliding doors. A cottage feel pervades this space with the original plank ceiling, structural cross beams, a hardwood floor and a wood-burning fireplace. The dining room is surrounded on three sides by windows, and doors open to a wrap-around redwood deck that’s perfect for entertaining or simply appreciating the forested landscape and soothing sounds of the running stream that traverses the property. The kitchen is separated from the living room by a large island breakfast bar that is perfect for casual meals. Like all of the kitchen counters, the island is topped with durable butcher block, and can easily accommodate large gatherings. Stainless steel kitchen appliances include two dishwashers, a 5-burner gas range with two ovens, and a French-door refrigerator.
Two of the home’s bedrooms and one bathroom are situated on this level off of a long center hallway that extends behind the entry foyer. Most likely designed for optimal privacy away from the public rooms, the light, bright hallway ends with an exceptionally large bedroom that can be used as a first floor master bedroom, while a second, smaller bedroom offers a cozy retreat with warm carpeting and wooded views.
The second floor is a delight! A large master bedroom suite was carefully designed to optimize natural light by the use of a 14-foot vaulted ceiling, skylights and specialty windows, and sliding doors open to a private deck that overlooks the stream below. The suite has a radiant heat under a bamboo floor, and a spacious walk-in closet that can accommodate more than one wardrobe. The en-suite master bath has a soaring vaulted ceiling with skylights, a glass-enclosed walk-in shower, and a floating vanity.
Across the landing are a half bath and two very large, delightful rooms that can have versatile uses. One room is presently an expansive family room, and has a loft, a 14-foot vaulted ceiling with skylights, and a private balcony that has forest views. The room has a door that opens to exterior stairs, offering a private entrance from the outside. The second spacious room is presently used as an art studio, but can easily become a 4th bedroom. This lovely space also has a loft and a vaulted ceiling with skylights, and plenty of windows that overlook the forest. As this room is plumbed for a bathroom, potential conversion to a studio, in-law or au pair apartment is a possibility.
83 Maiden Lane offers the opportunity to own a unique, beautifully designed home that offers tranquility in the heart of Oakland, yet is minutes to Montclair Village and major Bay Area freeways. This special, aerie retreat is close to so much of what makes Oakland such an attractive place in which to live, yet the cares of the world seem very far away in this truly magical setting.