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A SWEET GEM IN THE LOWER DIMOND

This 1921 Craftsman bungalow is full of charm. With lovely yards in both the front and back, custom decorative touches and lots of bonus space, it is a true gem.

The enclosed front yard is gently landscaped with roses, camellia and salvia, and shaded by maple, apple and pomegranate trees. The large front porch looks out over the garden and to the hills beyond, making it an inviting space for morning coffee.

Inside, the bright and welcoming living room has a brick fireplace as its focal point. The two upstairs bedrooms each have distinct charms: the front bedroom is spacious and light-filled with pretty, tree-filled outlooks. The back bedroom has a pleasing view of the garden; both rooms share an enchanting bathroom with decorative ceramic details, a tile floor and a vessel sink.

The eat-in kitchen is open and the windows frame big sky views. White cabinets and quartz counters bounce the light, and a tangerine tree outside the window is close enough to reach outside to pick the fruit. A delightful sunroom/laundry room off the kitchen is surrounded by windows. Though the home is thoroughly modern, there is a soft vintage feel to these rooms that is very appealing.

The first bonus space is the basement, or ground floor, which has been made into a full guest suite that includes a kitchenette area, dining nook, a full bath and a large, bright bedroom with additional storage space. With its separate entrance, it is a private and quiet place for visitors, however it could also be easily reconfigured as a downstairs family room.

An additional bonus is in the back of the yard - a two-room cottage with multi-purpose potential as an office, a yoga studio, a workshop or any number of uses. Set back from the house, it feels secluded and private. The back yard has lots of style without a lot of maintenance. Birds of paradise, calla lilies, rosemary, euphorbia and roses, not to mention some fabulous loquat, lemon and grapefruit trees, gracefully wind through the big yard. A raised bed for a kitchen potager is near the stairs and a tiered space surrounded with festive decorative tile brings a bit of customized character. It’s a great yard for barbecuing and dining al fresco, or as a sweet oasis for all kinds of outdoor play. The long driveway provides plenty of off-street parking and is bordered by ferns and flowers.

The Lower Dimond has a sunny microclimate and there are many attractive homes in this vibrant neighborhood. Close proximity to Highways 580 and 13 make commuting a breeze, and nearby conveniences include Farmer Joe’s, Safeway, local bakery favorite La Farine, Laurel District cafés and Allendale and Avenue Terrance Parks. The popular Grand Lake Kitchen is opening a sister restaurant nearby. Nature lovers can appreciate easy access to the trails of Joaquin Miller and Redwood Regional Parks, for hiking, horseback riding and cycling.

Neighborhood


Gently rolling hills with some views of the downtown and the Bay characterize the neighborhood named for Hugh Dimond, a wealthy Irish businessman who purchased a large parcel of land and settled here in 1867. By the 1890s, the neighborhood was a popular settling area for Germans and Beer Gardens popped up, seemingly on every corner, to remind the settlers of home. Cherry orchards dotted the landscape, and the Dimond District was a popular destination for San Franciscans looking to drink beer, pick cherries, and enjoy a host of upscale resorts as a diversion from city life.

The Dimond is an emerging neighborhood with a focus on community involvement. Volunteers pick up trash, and neighborhood groups have successfully cleaned up and saved some historic buildings in the district. Well kept gardens, pretty homes mostly dating from the early 1900s, and a friendly, neighborly feel make this neighborhood a pleasant place to call home.

The intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Fruitvale Avenue is the heart of the Dimond neighborhood, one of the city's most up-and-coming enclaves. The walkable neighborhood boasts several major banks, two major grocery stores, a pharmacy, and various mom-and-pop businesses. Delightful attractions include Farmer Joe's (a regional supermarket), La Farine Bakery, Shaan Indian Restaurant, Nama Sushi, and Two Star Market. Families appreciate a branch of the Oakland Public Library, as well as Dimond Park and Dimond Recreation Center on Fruitvale Avenue. The Dimond Improvement Association (DIA) is committed to making the tight-knit neighborhood “a vital, safe and beautiful place” for its residents and plans community events -- including the annual Oaktober festival. Interstate 580 forms the neighborhood's southern border, a convenient perk for commuters. Those who prefer public transportation can use AC Transit's NL bus line, which runs down MacArthur Boulevard and offers transbay service to downtown San Francisco on both weekdays and weekends.



Schedule

Open Houses:
Saturday March 23rd 2:00 - 4:30
Sunday March 24th 2:00 - 4:30

Brokers Tour:
Monday March 18th 10:00 - 1:00

Additional Showings by Appointment:
Contact Brian Cheek
510.325.4451
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Brian Cheek

Broker Associate | DRE 01875052Keller Williams Realty | DRE 02029039Brian Cheek Homes510.325.4451 directwww.briancheekhomes.com