Though constructed in the 1920s, 934 Wawona Ave. in Oakland boasts a layout that can be considered generations ahead of its time. In addition to classical designs like banded latticed windows, Venetian plaster walls and box-beam ceilings, the home features a modern layout in its living and dining rooms. Through French doors, both ornate spaces lead to a terrace overlooking San Francisco Bay and the surrounding verdant landscape.
"It's unlike anything I've seen in any other house," said Katherine Cooper of the Grubb Co., who is listing the home for $1.425 million. "Because of how the home is laid out and how the space is designed, I'm quite sure it's always been this way to take advantage of the views."
While the European-style terrace is the unquestioned star of the home, the four-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom structure also features a remodeled kitchen, covered patio for al fresco dining and pristine woodwork throughout. Sconces throughout the home date back to its original construction or have been salvaged and refurbished.
Hidden behind a door in the upstairs hallway is an original staircase leading to the home's partially finished stand-up attic. The space, decorated by redwood timber, could be easily used for storage or as a children's playroom, Cooper said.
The Wawona Avenue home also includes a full basement that includes a quarter bath, workshop and office. A portion of the basement rests beneath the aforementioned terrace, which was recently resealed during a renovation.
The basement offers a door connecting to a side yard and, like the attic, includes a portion of unfinished space.
While set on a sloping lot, the landscape doesn't feature any steep drop-offs. Instead, a pedestrian gate in front of the property opens to a meandering pathway past oak trees, the terrace and the home's arched entrance.
The main level plays home to the living room, dining room and terrace, as well as a remodeled kitchen that leads to a sheltered patio idea for outdoor dining and grilling. A powder room and bonus room complete the main level.
Up a balustraded staircase are four bedrooms and two refinished bathrooms.
Despite the luxurious finishes like hardwood wainscoting and a baronial-sized fireplace in the living room, the home doesn't strike an imposing chord or make those inside feel inferior, Cooper said.
"It's a place where you can live in the living room and put your feet up," she said.
Additionally, the home's original built-in bookcases and cabinets are integrating themselves perfectly into 21st century living.
"A flat-screen television can fit into one of the original cabinets," she said. "It's not like before, where the televisions were so big and boxy and required a separate entertainment center somewhere in the room."
Listing agent: Katherine Cooper, The Grubb Co., (510) 339-0400 ext. 211, Cooper@grubbco.com.
Address: 934 Wawona Ave., Oakland
Price: $1.425 million
Open house: 2 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday
Features: Four-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom home with terrace overlooking San Francisco Bay. Remodeled kitchen and bathrooms, unfinished basement and attic, sheltered patio off the kitchen for al fresco dining