Going back east this past summer, I was frequently confronted with puzzled looks when asked where I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. “Oakland? Uhhhh, where is that?” Patiently I would explain that Oakland is across the bay from “The City”, right next to Berkeley. “Ohhhh, Berkeley… Yeah…Okay.” Sigh. Yes, Oakland seems to be forever the bridesmaid, never the bride, always playing second fiddle to her more well-known sister. Well, Oakland needn’t be in Berkeley’s shadow when it comes to beautiful Craftsman homes (see sample of this type of architecture below). For your arts and crafts pleasure, here is a sampling of what Oakland has to offer: three Craftsman from three Oakland neighborhoods. Enjoy!
237 Greenbank Ave. Price Reduction. A stucco craftsman, the home is currently listed at $799,000 having been reduced from $825,000 and is conveniently located in Piedmont close to great shopping, restaurants and the local Kaiser Permanente.
353 Lester Ave. Restored Classic. This is a beautifully renovated craftsman shingle on Haddon Hill, close to the Grand Lake neighborhood. If I had a million bucks I’d buy it. Last sold for $630,000 in 2006, it is now going for $899,000. It’s been on Redfin for barely 2 days and I predict it will go quickly.
391 Alcatraz Ave. Double-Whammy Bonus. This brown shingle is a fixer AND a short sell. Sold this past April for $726,032 it has been slashed more than $130,000 and is now listed for $587,900. While the home is on busy Alcatraz it’s close to College and thus a stone’s throw from all the amenities of Rockridge. This could be a great find for the right buyer.
—Alison Ching, Sweet Digs Blogger