This 1895 Victorian has classic character and so many unexpected delights. Behind a wooden gate and surrounded by lush, tall trees, it has the stately presence of its grand style, set in a serene garden filled with palm, oak, maple, redwood and birch trees. The handsome porch and entry highlight many architectural details that make this home so distinctive.

Inside, the living room has the high ceilings and tall windows of the period, but looks utterly modern and gracious. A bump-out bay window overlooks the green of the garden and a wood fireplace anchors the room. Leaded glass detailing on the windows of the foyer and beautiful molding are gentle reminders of another era. The dining room feels spacious with another bump out window - ideal for entertaining on a big or small scale.

The eat-in kitchen is large, open and bright, and will easily become the heart of this home. It has classic blue and white cabinetry and tiles, with stainless appliances, a breakfast nook by the wood stove, a powder room and a fabulous conservatory-style window at the back that showcases the trees in the yard. Lovely light and high ceilings make this sunroom a true joy. A back door leads to the yard and to a basement space with laundry facilities and lots of storage.

The two downstairs bedrooms are roomy and comfortable and share a full bathroom between them. The tall windows frame lovely tree-filled outlooks.

Upstairs is the master suite, which is full of surprises. The angled ceilings and handsome views of treetops and hills give it a cozy feel. A large bathroom has everything you need, and could be easily expanded into the ultimate spa space. The adjoining sitting room and the bonus room in the front can be used in a multitude of ways: as a playroom or nursery, a home office, workout room or tranquil retreat.

And, to make it even better, there is a lovely, bonus space out back. The long driveway has an inconspicuous approach from the side street, and the private and enclosed garden is filled with abutilon, jade plants, fuchsia and banana, orange, lemon and pine trees. Its grand feel belies the compact footprint of the yard.

Clinton is an exciting and emerging neighborhood - close to everything, quiet at night and genuinely a mixture of all lifestyles and architecture - with turn of the century Victorian homes nestled among Craftsman and modern houses. Sunny all the time, it is a quick trip to Lake Merritt, the famed Farmers' Market and the excellent shopping at Lakeshore, is near to the charms of Park Boulevard, and is home to several excellent neighborhood restaurants. Easy freeway access and ready public transportation makes commuting a breeze.

This home carries the elegance of another time into modern day living with style and grace.



The Clinton neighborhood is one of Oakland's best kept secrets - close to everything, quiet at night and genuinely a mixture of all lifestyles. It is also home to several excellent neighborhood restaurants: Michelin recommended Champa Garden (Thai/Laotian) and Philomena (Pizza). Portal Restaurant and some of Oakland's best taco trucks are also nearby.  Sunny all the time, it is a quick trip to Lake Merritt, the farmers' market and the excellent shopping at Lakeshore, and is near to the Glenview neighborhood, with the delights of Park Sushi, Bellanico and Park Burger.

The roots of Clinton can be traced back to the 1850s, when lumbering mills were established here to handle lumber from the San Antonio Redwoods. The finished lumber was shipped to San Francisco. In 1853, an early settler named Thomas Eager proposed forming Brooklyn Township. Officially incorporated in 1870, the township was annexed to Oakland in 1872. The nearby Brooklyn Basin project, which has begun construction, will completely revitalize the Oakland Estuary, into a vibrant, waterfront community.

The neighborhood has a rich history. Several mansions were built in this area, including Arbor Villa, the estate of Francis M. “Borax” Smith, along Park Boulevard between East 28th Street and East 22nd Street. The mansion stood here until the Great Depression when it was demolished and the property sold off in parcels to build more modest homes. The line of tall palms down 9th Avenue which ran along the eastern border of the property, is all that remains today of the fantastic estate. The Ellen Kenna House, an 8,000+ square foot Victorian masterpiece designed by Augustus Laver, still stands on East 21st Street near 12th Avenue. Across East 21st Street and behind a row of more recent homes, stands Cedar Croft, once the home of John J. Valentine, a gun slinging stage coach driver who rose to become president of Wells Fargo Bank. It is rumored that Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday and Black Bart were among the guests at Cedar Croft.


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Brian Cheek

Broker Associate | DRE 01875052Keller Williams Realty | DRE 02029039Brian Cheek Homes(510) 325-4451