Romance is in the air

People are falling in love, (again) with the Crocker Highlands district of Oakland. The 1920′s and 1930′s homes in this handsome polished neighborhood that flank the Lakeshore retail district and Lake Merritt are selling quickly.  Since January, 11 properties a went under contract or have sold, averaging 14 days on the market. Take a look at this treasured community Red Oak style below and scroll down to view a Crocker Highland gem:

Earlier this week, I fell in love with Anthony Riggins now pending listing on Sunnyhills Road. This 1929 Spanish Colonial Revival pictured below was my favorite from Monday’s Broker’s tour and only lasted 7 days on the market.

What this image can't express is how pristine this home is. As I walked through, I caressed one of the windowsills that was sanded to perfection. Rarely do you find properties with original details that are preserved and restored, as if it were a newly constructed property.

The baseboard is comprised of original spanish tiles

I was not sure what the modest exterior held within as I walked up the stairs.

Unbelievable vibrant original bathroom with exquisite wall tile

 

 

Before and After in Oakland

Every buyer has a wish list as they venture out and start their house hunt.  My Crocker Highland buyers wanted a home in original condition.  They wanted to embrace the vintage details of  a 1920′s or 1930′s property and enhance it to blend with their modern edge.

All of the original gum wood was preserved.  The hardwood floors were refinished with a water based matte finish to open up the space.  The wall paper was removed and the plastered walls were hand restored.