859 Walker Avenue
Built in 1925, 859 Walker Avenue is a hard to find Grand Lake duplex with a wonderful 2-bedroom, 1 bath upper unit (measured at 1265 square feet) and a lower 1 bedroom 1 bath unit (measured at 717 square feet) that would be perfect for a rental or guest.
ABOUT THE UPPER UNIT- Sophisticated and welcoming, the two bedroom one bath upper unit is accessed by taking one step up to the front porch which located on the side of the building allowing for separation from the street. The planters on the porch filled with the Chinese Lantern Plants provide a clever screen from the house next door. The front door with its ornate door handle is flanked by glass panels with craftsmen details and lets light into the formal entry.
To the right of the entry find the lovely light filled living room where amazing details abound! The stone-clad fireplace is at the center of the room and has windows on each side. Chair railing, large baseboards and two built in book shelves are great vintage features. The back wall has beautiful windows with craftsman details at the top and verdant outlooks to the hills beyond and yard below. Recessed lights have been added to the room and the tray ceiling adds additional interest.
The dining room is adjacent to the living room which is terrific for entertaining and has the same vintage details as the living room. Imagine dinners with friends looking out to the twinkling lights the hillside.
The kitchen has cool pink vintage counters with metal trim and plenty of storage space. Two windows over the double sink let in the light. Off the kitchen is the staircase that once connected the units which has been re-purposed as kitchen storage. The staircase is currently covered but is still intact making this a great candidate to possibly turn into a single-family home.
The main bathroom has been updated and has a standalone shower and a tub. It is conveniently located near the two bedrooms each with large baseboards and beautiful windows also with the craftsmen details on the upper half of the window.
The sizable yard is accessed out the front door and down the side deck. The yard has been thoughtfully landscaped with draught tolerant plants and has two patios. A screen of trees at the back of the yard adds a sense of privacy and the slate patios will make al fresco dining a breeze!
ABOUT THE LOWER UNIT- Cute and functional, the lower one bedroom one bath unit has a door that opens to the side deck for easy access to the yard. The living area has built-in shelves and a nook that would make a great office. There are windows along the living area wall that let in light and look out to the yard. The staircase that once led upstairs are is currently used as storage but could be opened back to the upper unit. The dining area has a corner built-in. A small kitchen with a window looks out to the yard. The bathroom has a shower over the tub. Additional storage can be found through the door that is off the dining area.
The laundry for both units is located off the patio and there is also a third bathroom located there. Stairs from the laundry room lead to the garage above. The garage has a terrific back storage room. In addition to the garage there is a driveway that fits one car as well as two off street parking spaces in front of the home.
With a Walkscore of 91, this is a dream location with numerous stores, restaurants and coffee shops within easy striking distance!
Located just a block from popular Grand Avenue where many of Oaklands most popular restaurants reside you will never go hungry living here. Boot and Shoe Service, Penrose, and Camino are just a few of the nearby highly rated restaurants. Recently named one of the best bars in America by Esquire magazine, Ordinaire specializes in natural wines and has a cool casual vibe. Just down the block find Alchemy Bottle Shop where you can attend special tastings every Saturday and find unique spirits and mixers. Don’t miss the Alley Cat which is famous for its piano bar that brings out the entertainer in everyone!
Less than half a mile away enjoy first run movies at the historical Grand Lake Theater and don’t miss the always interesting commentary on the marquee. Lake Merritt with the boat house, Children’s Fairyland and a 3.2 mile radius is a great place to spend a sunny afternoon. And the Saturday Farmers Market is not to be missed!
Just over the hill find Lakeshore Avenue that also has an array of shops services and restaurants including Shakewell, Arrizmendi, Noah’s Bagels and Peet’s Coffee.
859 Walker Avenue is a truly special property that offers flexibility of use, a terrific yard and is in one of Oakland’s most coveted areas. This is one not to be missed!
Saturday, June 9th from 2:00-4:30pm
Sunday, June 10th from 2:00-4:30pm
Saturday, June 16th from 2:00-4:30pm
Sunday, June 17th from 2:00-4:30pm
Monday, June 11th from 10:00am-1:30pm
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