Sold $827,000 SOLD (List: 698K) - Single Family Home
Built in 1939, this Montclair retreat sits amid the quiet, wooded hills of Oakland’s Merriewood Drive. The 1,415 square foot 3 bedroom, 2 bath home offers comfort, style, and wonderful views of its hushed surroundings.
The entry opens into the main level, where the formal living space, dining area, and kitchen adjoin seamlessly throughout the expansive open floor plan. One can enjoy the lush greenery and treetops from anywhere, as windows are abundant and line the far wall of the dining space.
The central main living area features chair and crown molding, while wide-plank hardwood flooring and the brick wood-burning fireplace add a sense of warmth, and make for an excellent gathering space.
A stylish exposed ceiling beam marks the threshold of the kitchen, where slate tile floors run underfoot and a large island offers a great prep space and considerable storage with its cabinets and drawers. Granite countertops are expansive, while the upper cabinetry boasts chic glass-paned doors. The kitchen utilizes all stainless steel appliances, including GE double door refrigerator, hooded DCS gas range, and Bosch dishwasher.
Hardwood floors continue down the side hall leading to two upper-level bedrooms and a full bath. One bedroom is front-facing with views of the gardens, and has a generously-sized closet with added shelving. The second bedroom is large, and offers lofty corner views of nearby eucalyptus, fig, and evergreen trees. A walk-in closet also provides plentiful added shelving.
The full updated hall bath includes modern fixtures, a stained glass window, and a bathtub and shower combo. A linen closet is conveniently located in the hall.
With wonderful surrounding views, a skylight, patterned hardwood floors, and exposed painted joists, the dining area is a lovely space for meals both formal and relaxed. It is lined with sliding glass-paned doors which open directly to the deck, allowing in fresh outdoor air, and bringing the cozy feel of the woods even closer, if desired.
The home’s lower level, with its main area, bedroom, and full bath, could potentially function as an au pair unit. A large, built-in bookshelf greets one on the landing before entering into the main room. This area features hardwood floors, a built-in bookshelf and window seat, and offers access to the side brick path and gardens.
The bedroom provides lovely views of the verdant back hillside, and includes a closet and dresser niche. A separate vanity area precedes the full bath, and also has a spacious closet. The bath itself has a linen closet and walk-in shower.
Also on this level is a dedicated laundry room, with abundant cabinetry, sink, countertop, LG washer and Maytag dryer. From here one can access the basement area, which offers plenty of additional storage space, and also a side door to the outside.
The home’s wrap-around covered upper deck takes in exceptional views of the forested environs, looking over treetops and across to distant hillsides. A seating area is great for entertaining or relaxing.
In front, a brick patio features another wide seating area, where magnificent evergreens rise overhead. An arbor extends along one wing of the house, and the front hillside has mulched gardens including jade and lavender, as well as plenty of other beautiful foliage.
A brick path continues around the house, where a quaint side gate leads one into garden beds and then around to the back, where a potting shed overlooks the wild grasses and gentle valley beneath.
Also featured is a single car detached garage at street level.
With nearby Montclair Village amenities, incredible surrounding parks (Sibley Volcanic Preserve, Joaquin Miller, Shepherd Canyon, Redwood Regional), and convenient commuter access, 5693 Merriewood is a special find. Imagine yourself at home here, tucked amid the timberland in one of the East Bay’s most sought-after spots.
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