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6115 Harwood Avenue
This Tudor-meets-Craftsman revival charmer in the sought-after Rockridge neighborhood in Oakland was built nearly a century ago, this home is a dialogue between old and new.The home lives larger, than appears, with over 600 square feet of useable space including a full bath, living and bedroom space on the lower level not included in the public records.
While the residence maintains a wealth of charm from its original details—wood floors, skylights, multi-paned windows—it exudes all the vibrant energy of a contemporary home, thanks to recent updates. The walls, ceiling, and trim throughout the house were painted to provide a a fresh and neutral backdrop.
The kitchen features new cabinetry and sparkling countertops, while the modernized deck rails allow a better visual connection to the back yard. The original Douglas Fir floors have been refinished, and create a beautiful, cohesive flow from one room into another.
Built in 1923, the four-bed, three-bath home welcomes visitors through a Tiffany blue-hued door that pops against the fresh white facade. Abundant windows allow natural light to permeate the rooms and shape the daily rhythms of life inside the home.
The blue front door offers a strong sense of arrival, the visual connection at the entry brings an immediate sense of fluidity: with ease of flow in layout and beautiful natural light throughout. Beautiful multi-paned windows, the newly-refinished original floors, and a painted brick-trimmed fireplace create a warm and comfortable living room. A wide casement opening flows into a generously-sized dining room, with plenty of space to entertain family and friends. In the sunroom, supersized hex tiles give the space a fresh style (with a playful nod to the small hex tiles traditionally found in 1920s homes). Overlooking the backyard, with French doors opening out to the spacious deck, this sunny room is bathed in light, and offers an idyllic space. The small-but-mighty kitchen is big on style, pairing white Shaker cabinets with matte black hardware, with a distinctive gooseneck faucet at the sink, under a window overlooking the deck and backyard. The new stainless appliances complement Carrera quartz countertops, and the classic kitchen work triangle — sometimes called the golden triangle — creates an efficient, easy flow. Step out to the spacious deck overlooking the large, flat yard, with plenty of room to dine and entertain, garden and play. Completing the main level are a sunny bedroom and full bathroom.
Pairing white stair risers and wood treads give the updated staircase classic style to ascend to the second floor. Two welcoming bedrooms are filled with natural light and grounded by the lovely original wood floors — filtered sunlight through the trees outside adds a romantic, dreamlike air. A remodeled primary bath shines under two skylights, with a white penny tile floor, original built-in storage, and a glass enclosed shower. The rich black vanity creates a sense of harmonious contrast with the light tones of the floor and walls and helps balance and anchor the room.
The lower level of the home offers multi-functional finished spaces — a family room, full bathroom, and bedroom could serve as an in-law or au pair suite, work or family flex space, or even an income-producing unit. A large storage room, and separate laundry area are also located on this level. Walk out to the spacious backyard; optimized to take advantage of the temperate California climate, it encompasses a variety of outdoor destinations providing privacy and peacefulness — lawn, patio, firepit, and mature trees and plantings.
If the term ‘Location, Location, Location’ had a visual definition, it might be a photo of this very house: just a short walk to College Avenue and all its coveted amenities, yet situated on a private, tree-filled street. Populated with some of the Bay Area’s best restaurants and shops, with public transportation conveniently located nearby, Rockridge is a coveted neighborhood that feels like home.
Passing the Torch: Five Things We Love About Our Neighborhood
Cross Alcatraz Avenue, which divides Oakland and Berkeley, and you’ll find yourself in Rockridge, one of Oakland's most desirable, charming, and convenient neighborhoods. Housing in Rockridge is a combination of charming bungalows, cottages, classic Arts and Crafts dwellings, and large brown-shingle houses. Its leafy streets are mainly residential.
Rockridge offers an easy commute into San Francisco via the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station, as well as access to the University of California, Berkeley Campus. The 100-year-old, four-acre campus of the California College of Art and Crafts is nearby. Food-and-drink purveyors in Rockridge provide the best from around the world and local farms. Rockridge Market Hall, which takes its cue from the French Marché, offers numerous individual food and flower shops open to the sidewalk. Dozens of restaurants, cafes, and boutiques line bustling College Avenue, Rockridge's main drag.