Sold $1,400,000 SOLD (List: 1.295M) - Single Family Home
Elegant Hillside Living; Spectacular Setting
Perched amid the winding streets of Oakland’s Broadway Terrace neighborhood, just up the road from Lake Temescal Regional Park, sits 1028 Aquarius. Built in 1997, this 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath home is a stunning example of elegant hillside living in one of the East Bay’s most sought-after neighborhoods.
A street-side view of the property showcases several recurring design themes—the arched veranda, painted wrought-iron railing, stone staircase, and meticulous, artful landscaping exemplify the textures, shapes, and moods prevalent in and around the home.
Within, the foyer opens to a view extending through the full width of the interior. Maple hardwood floors and newly painted walls provide beautiful, complementary color tones throughout. The home’s circular main level layout allows each room to open fully into its adjacent spaces. Here, broad, slow archways denote otherwise seamless thresholds, creating a continuous blend of space, light, and movement. Subtle details like the gently bull-nosed corners work to build the comprehensive sense of fluidity and thoughtfulness in design.
In the formal living room, double doors open directly to the back patio, offering views of the lush rear garden. The neighboring formal dining room also opens outdoors, as does the adjoining casual seating or play area. Abundant windows line the back of the house’s main level, allowing for generous light, air, and a tasteful visual blending of the natural and built environments.
A single pillar creates a triage of archways ushering one into the home’s spacious kitchen. A large central island includes plentiful cabinet space, wine rack, and Jenn-Air range. Glass-doored cabinets and granite countertop adorn the room’s perimeter. Other appliances include Amana dishwasher, Broan trash compactor, Frigidaire stainless-steel double door refrigerator, and stainless steel wall oven. A glass-doored, walk-in pantry supplies wonderful storage space.
Exiting the kitchen brings one to the family room—a comforting, homey space, with a beautifully milled fireplace mantle, views of the neighborhood, and double doors opening to a stone patio. Painted wrought iron railing partially embellishes this great outdoor area, where a Japanese maple leans overhead, and homes on distant hillsides speckle the landscape. A half bath with modern fixtures is conveniently available near the main entry.
On the way to the home’s uppermost level, a stairwell landing with double vertical windows captures magnificent lofty views. Matching painted wrought-iron railing leads the way up to this carpeted, four-bedroom floor. One bedroom takes in Bay, hill, and neighborhood views, while two others look over the back yard. These three rooms all feature spacious closets with additional storage inserts.
A full hallway bath has dual sinks, stone floor, and stone-walled shower, as well as cabinetry for storage. A hall linen closet provides additional space.
The incredible master suite—with its built-in niched shelving, Bay-facing balcony, skylighted seating/reading area, and huge walk-in—is a haven unto itself. In the master bath, matching stone slabs comprise the floor and countertop, while a skylight beams down upon the glass-paned shower. A picture window, dual sinks, and raised Clarke jetted tub with backyard views offer a wonderful space for rejuvenation.
The lower level features a laundry prep area/flexible space with built-in cabinetry, Samsung washer, and Kenmore dryer. A central space features extra countertop and cabinetry, window seat, skylight, and driveway and garage access. It also leads to a covered outdoor patio—cool and glen-like, this area is private and tranquil, enclosed by the side yard’s terraced landscaping and dry stone walls. Additionally on this lower level is a full bath with a glass doored tub, and a carpeted guest bedroom or au pair suite. A hall closet, bi-fold door closet, and easily accessible crawlspace provide generous storage potential.
Especially remarkable is the home’s back yard: amphitheater-like, with its encircling dry stone terraced hillside, the incredibly private space has been beautifully landscaped. A dramatic arbor wraps around the stone patio seating area while citrus, magnolia, wisteria, and evocative willows provide a balance of shade and light. A serpentine lower retaining wall mirrors the texture and geometry of the main level interior, and a wooden walkway allows for side/front yard access.
Also featured is an attached two-car garage, with plentiful built-in shelving, dual LiftMaster automatic door openers, and a workbench.
With easy commuter access (near Highways 24 and 13), great schools and recreation, nearby Montclair Village, Piedmont Avenue, and Rockridge shopping, 1028 Aquarius represents an opportunity to settle into a quiet community in the Oakland hills. Let this home’s careful composition and timeless design be yours.
See more at: http://www.1028aquarius.com