3957 Oakmore Road
3957 Oakmore Road
Set on the namesake street of the highly desirable Oakmore neighborhood, this Mediterranean-inspired house offers a serene view of the natural beauty of Sausal Creek beyond. Built in 1925, the three-bedroom, two-bath home offers the indoor/outdoor lifestyle that defines California living. Walkable, tree-lined streets lead to lovely Dimond Park for picnics, a playground, and public pool; a turn in the other direction and restaurants and shops are just moments away.
Two olive trees anchor the front yard, and lead guests to an arched doorway welcoming you into a light-filled living space … with just the right balance between old-world charm and contemporary updates. The subtle repeated arch design of the barrel ceiling, original oak floors, and enormous windows looking out on the trees over Sausal Creek create a sense of gracious calm. Step out to the deck which captures the view, fashions a comfortable outdoor room, and adds a feeling of spaciousness by blurring the boundaries between inside and out.
Original interior French doors lead from living room to dining room. A charming built-in china cabinet adds a dash of 1920s design and endless styling (and storage) options. Flooded with light, courtesy of the large widows overlooking the garden, the room is a place to gather for everyday meals and special occasions.
Often the most-used space in a home, the creamy white kitchen is open and airy, complemented by stainless appliances and plenty of storage. Adding functionality and livability is the sparkling breakfast nook, a favorite spot to begin the day with natural light streaming in through windows overlooking the olive tree.
Traversed by a gracefully curved stairway, the second floor is warm, bright and comfortable. Personality shows through small touches, and in the three bedrooms original painted porcelain wall lights are a historical detail adding charm to the rooms. Generous closets in each room, two additional linen closets, and a hallway bath complete the upstairs.
Bonus space abounds in the basement, and this light-filled living space is versatile and multi-purpose. A family room (or office/yoga room/playroom…) opens to the spectacular back yard. Guests can find refuge thanks to a private bedroom with French doors opening to the garden. A full bath, along with a laundry room and loads of storage, and this basement has fully realized its hidden potential.
A river runs through it (well, a creek runs behind it). The backyard is optimized for relaxation, with a variety of outdoor destinations providing privacy and peacefulness — lawn, hardscapes, and lush (but low maintenance) plantings. The water feature creates an island of calm in the middle of Oakland, amidst apple, fig and citrus trees. Bits of zen mingle with plenty of laid-back California cool, resulting in shibui, the Japanese aesthetic calling for a garden to relax and reboot the soul.