Twin Palms Bungalow

Twin Palms Bungalow


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2 Bedrooms

1 Bathroom

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.

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