359 Bellevue Avenue
- Offered at $ 1,998,000
- Six plus bedrooms/four bath home, including two guest suites/studios for flexible living and WFH
- Generously sited on a large lot with lots of windows and in-tact Arts & Crafts details
- Two (originally wood burning) decorative fireplaces
- Original wood paneling throughout living spaces and hallways
- Dramatic grand front staircase as well as second “service stair” to upper living areas
- Historic light fixtures in many rooms
- Many built-ins and window seats
- Large, refreshed kitchen with painted cabinets and quartz counters, laundry and pantry area
- Rear garden is directly accessible from the kitchen and from both guest suites
- Main level has entry foyer, living, dining, kitchen, guest room and full bath with shower
- Upper level has four bedrooms, sitting room and one split bath with clawfoot tub
- Lowest level has guest suite with full bath, plus storage/utility/furnace room
- Garage has been converted to a guest suite/studio – perfect for working from home!
- Long driveway provides ample 3+ car parking and an electric car charger.
- Surrounded by mature gardens
- Year built: 1909
- Square footage: 3,093 per graphic artist
- Lot Square Footage: 5,000 per tax records
- WalkScore 89/ BikeScore 85
The Comfort of Belonging … This One Is Just Right
Some homes are the one everyone in the neighborhood describes as their “favorite,” when they walk by… Some homes provide all who enter with a sense of belonging and comfort… Some very fortunate homes do all this plus have the space for all of the multifarious possibilities that life has to offer to fit inside their generous envelope. 359 Bellevue is the whole package, and has been ever since it was built in during the boom following the 1906 Earthquake in the Arts and Crafts Style, at the center of the elegant Adams Point neighborhood; and near the shores of Lake Merritt (where the City Beautiful movement had inspired some exciting plans to be executed in the following decade). That was an exciting time in Oakland, but perhaps not as exciting as now when you can stroll from the beer gardens of historic auto row to catch a concert at the restored Paramount Theater; spend an afternoon enjoying the gardens around the Lake; venture past The Raven’s Wing Magical Co. and Grand Lake Kitchen to Grand or Lakeshore to shop and have your choice of enjoying food from just about every culture there is; or get creative at the Grand Lake Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning and just stay in for dinner.
Since then, the home has been loved by generations of occupants, as evidenced by the magnificently created stained glass on the front door and many of the windows and the overall in-tact preservation of so many historic elements of the home. It is detached and features windows on all sides to let the light stream in. After stepping through a front rose garden and passing under an arched trellis, you ascend a few steps to a gracious front porch. From there, a sparkling, magnificent stained glass front entry door welcomes you into a spacious foyer, overlooked by a ship-like curved balustrade that graces the front stairs to the upper level. (One can imagine holding a conversation from there with loved ones coming or going or just pausing for a moment on the way up or down, to breathe a sigh of satisfaction of some kind.) The foyer is open to the living room warmed by a river stone fireplace, which in turn opens to a large dining room with a box beamed ceiling, two built-in hutches, two window seats and a plate rail perfect for displaying family treasures and photos. Straight through the foyer, you will find the 2nd staircase upstairs, a breakfast room with built-in bench, access to the main level full bath, the large refreshed kitchen, a large pantry and a main level bedroom. At the rear of the home you can access stairs to either the rear garden or interior stairs to the lower level guest suite with wet bar and full bath. On the way to the upper level, you will pass garden themed stained glass windows and a giant window seat – perfect for reading on a rainy day. Upstairs, the two-room main bedroom suite overlooks the front garden. Three more bedrooms, a split full bath and a rear deck complete this level – so much space and so many possibilities! The landscaped rear garden is gigantic, private, and centered around a historic California Redwood. Surrounded by the garden, and accessed through original carriage doors featuring a hand-painted mural, the garage has been turned into a studio with a full bath, wet-bar and loft. The lower level guest suite in the main house and a storage space under it may also be accessed through the garden.
359 Bellevue has been lovingly prepared for stewardship with fresh paint, refinished floors, new kitchen countertops and a few new light fixtures to compliment the historic ones that go so well with the home. We hope it will become your favorite too.