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Twin Palms Bungalow
Large Attic Space (with plumbing and electrical) for expansion potential or storage.
Enviormentally friendly grey water system
Yard designed by Award-Winning landscape designer
Twin Palms Bungalow
1015 61st Street
Capturing the quintessential California style of living, this charming 1913 NOBE bungalow lives larger than its square footage, with living areas easily flowing from inside to outside, allowing for a generosity of space. Thoughtful contemporary updates — including new Milgard windows throughout the home, on-demand hot water, and a seismic retrofit — complement the original architectural character to create a truly livable home, stylish in form and subtle in function.
Refinished wood floors extend from living room to bedrooms to kitchen, distinct yet cohesive. Brilliant, inviting sunlight fills the rooms, particularly delightful in the living areas where both southern and northern light illuminates throughout the day. Two sunny bedrooms evidence the attention to detail of old-meets-new, with restored antique lighting fixtures, tongue and groove ceilings, and a modern sliding barn door at the primary bedroom’s closet. The hall bathroom was given a refresh with a new tile floor, complementing the rustic wood vanity and subway-tiled shower.
Looking inward — and upward: a large attic currently provides ample storage for the home; the potential to expand living space via the ready-to-finish attic is an intriguing opportunity for future expansion.
The spacious kitchen incorporates modern and earthy elements in a natural way, with beautiful teal cabinetry, an O’Keefe & Merritt gas stove, and custom open pantry. The materials, colors and finishes used create a visually stunning space, with plenty of room for family and friends to gather. The breezy dining area features a large picture window ushering light in, while the space flows out to the rear deck, connecting the interior of the house with the expansive back yard. The result is a comfortable home that spills outdoors into an urban oasis — a yard incorporating multifunctional spaces: the wood deck leads to two porcelain paver patios and a beautiful kurapia meadow, with low water needed, shaded by palm trees, three raised garden beds for urban farming, and a climbing wall. (Yes, a 12-by-12 foot weatherproof climbing wall!) The new backyard landscaping adopts a dry-tropical Mediterranean theme, designed by award-winning East Bay designer Sarah Herman, and supported by full drip irrigation and sprinklers. The house also features a gray water system to recycle laundry water. A storage shed at the rear of the private yard, and newly created off-street parking complete the outdoor space.
The much-desired North Oakland neighborhood is filled with a variety of shops, restaurants, and parks (imagine having Berkeley Bowl West as your neighborhood grocery!), and public transportation conveniently located nearby. A vibrant and active neighborhood group supports events including potlucks and block parties, and the community is buoyed by diverse and kind neighbors. Twin Palms Bungalow draws on its 100-year old past to write a new future for the next owners — one as bright and sunny as the house itself.
Passing the Torch: Five Things We Love About Our Neighborhood
• Visiting the goats at the DeRome House, the old blue Victorian nearby.
• For local art, open studios, and amazing community events, the Compound Gallery is a must-see!
• Walking, biking, and checking out the community garden at the Emeryville Greenway.
• All the great local restaurants: Sideshow for burgers and beer (and a side of dog watching); dinner and drinks at Honor Bar; Prizefighter for the best cocktails in the East Bay; incredible tamales at Tamaleria Azteca. We could go on and on …
• Doyle Hollis Park for picnics — a children’s playground, half-basketball court, open lawn and amphitheater offer plenty to do.
The heart of North Oakland is located just a few miles from Downtown Oakland, and is one of the Bay Area’s most culturally and ethnically diverse neighborhoods. The residential streets are lined with beautiful, detached single-family homes, with architectural styles ranging from Edwardian to Craftsman. With close proximity to highways, BART Station, and public transit lines, residents of North Oakland are never too far away from all of the excitement of San Francisco, Berkeley, and the entire Bay Area. Bushrod Park, a 10-acre community park, is located near the center of North Oakland. A community Recreation Center was added to the park in 2000 and features a full-size gym, playground, lighted basketball and tennis courts, baseball fields, and picnic areas.The park is also home to one of Oakland’s 23 community gardens, where locals can grow their own organic fruits, herbs, and flora for a small annual fee. If you are looking for a community that truly brings its residents together, Bushrod Park is an amazing option. Some of the best restaurants in Oakland can be found less than a mile from the North Oakland area. A short trip down to Telegraph Avenue in Temescal will provide you with a seemingly endless array of dining options, including: North Light: Part cafe, part bar, and part book/record store, North Light offers coffee from open to close and a unique menu with snacks, brunch items, and tasty happy hour plates. Hawking Bird: This vibrant Thai restaurant goes the extra mile to provide incredible food from local sources. Stop in during lunch for their delicious Thai chicken and rice bowl, some crunchy wings, or a tantalizing salad. Pizzaiolo: Featuring a full breakfast menu with delicious espresso beverages, this popular Oakland pizzeria is one of the few that opens its doors at 8am. Once lunchtime is over, the restaurant closes for over 5 hours, re-opening to a dinner crowd eager to taste the evening menu offerings. Martin Luther King Jr. Way runs directly in between the Sante Fe/Bushrod neighborhoods in North Oakland, and serves as the main transit route for north/south travel. Route 18 will take commuters to the heart of North Oakland, and both Ashby and MacArthur BART Stations are just a short 10 minute ride away. If you prefer to drive, the CA Highway 24 provides a seamless avenue to Interstate 80 and the Bay Bridge.