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Set in lovely Bella Vista, this 1911 bungalow is sweet, classic and ready to enjoy. The simply-landscaped front yard is anchored by a Japanese maple and filled with butterfly-loving plants such as passion flower, hydrangea, grasses and native plants. From the street, a quintessential silhouette has the definitive look of “home.”

Inside, it has been thoughtfully updated while retaining its architectural finishes. The living room and dining room have some nice Craftsman touches in the built-ins and millwork. A sweet picture window gives ample light to the sun filled room, and the dining room has high wainscoting and plate rails.

The eat-in kitchen is light and spacious, with granite counters and stainless steel sink and appliances. A laundry room and convenient WC sit off the kitchen.

There are two good-sized bedrooms; the primary bedroom has a roomy closet and a lovely view of the back yard. A full remodeled bathroom is nearby. As a bonus, there is an enormous basement that runs the length of the house. Possibilities abound to make this space a home office, gym, media room, rec room, workshop - or just for plenty of storage. A separate exit to the back garden is another handy feature. 

The backyard is a wonderful surprise - a large patio area is ideal for dining or entertaining and a second area is perfect for lounging with friends or reading a book. Jasmine and fuchsia bring color and scent, and the trees include citrus, pineapple guava, peach, maple, magnolia and an ornamental pomegranate. This thoughtfully designed garden is a place to relax and savor as a private oasis. 

With modern comforts and traditional touches, this charming bungalow is a great place to call home.


The Bella Vista neighborhood is one of Oakland's best kept secrets - close to everything, quiet at night and genuinely a mixture of all lifestyles. A few blocks away in neighboring Clinton are several excellent neighborhood restaurants: Michelin recommended Champa Garden (Thai/Laotian), Philomena (Pizza and Beer), and Kainbigan (Filipino). 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 neighborhood has a rich history. Several mansions were built in the area, including Arbor Villa, the estate of Francis M. “Borax” Smith. The mansion stood between East 28th Street and East 22nd Street 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. 

Nearby in Clinton, 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.


Showings by Appointment Only:

Contact Jennifer Telfeyan
(510) 239-3336
[email protected]

Contact Brian Cheek
(510) 325-4451
[email protected]



Brian Cheek

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

Jennifer Telfeyan

REALTORⓇ | DRE 02064329Keller Williams Realty | DRE 02029039Brian Cheek Homes510.239.3336

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