Iconic Rockridge Victorian on huge lot with flowering fruit trees asking $3.395 million
January 22, 2019
If you live in the buzzing Oakland enclave of Rockridge, you know this house.
The storybook Victorian at 5380 Shafter Ave. listed for $3.395 million rises above an orchard of flowering fruit trees on a plot of land that’s feels unusually rural and enormous compared to the surrounding small lots filled with cute bungalows and handsome Arts and Crafts residences.
“I grew up in the neighborhood and it’s clearly an iconic home,” says listing agent Maria Cavallo-Merrion of Compass. “It really does stand out like no other home in the neighborhood. You really don’t find Victorians in Rockridge. It’s very unique from a style perspective and also with how grand it is.”
Originally built in the 1890s, the home is thought to be among the first homesteads in Rockridge before the town became annexed to Oakland. The current owners have spent the past decades overhauling the property with four bedrooms and two a half bedrooms spread across 3,506 feet on three floors. In the process, they’ve maintained many of the home’s original details and charm while incorporating a more modern-day design aesthetic.
Two parlors with high-ceilings make up the main living space. Bay windows and natural wood trim grace the front parlor with the back boasts a fireplace framed by a Victorian woodwork mantel. The dining room also features a fireplace while the eat-in kitchen is equipped with high-end appliances and a butler’s pantry. Off the kitchen, a bright sunroom is encased in ornate windows and French doors leads to a deck. Upstairs, you’ll find three bedrooms, one flex room that could be used as an office or another bedroom and two bathrooms, both with clawfoot tubs.
The owners worked with Berkeley-based architect Douglas Burnham of envelope a+d to upgrade the house. A new foundation accommodates a full-size basement with separate entrance and could be used as a studio or in-law unit.
Outside, pathways meander through a landscaped yard with lemon trees, rosemary bushes and ornamental fruit trees spread across the double lot. A 110-year-old black walnut tree marks the front yard.
All of this is only two blocks from the neighborhood’s bustling College Ave. with boutique shops,
The property was first listed in May 2018 for $3.9 million and taken off the market in July. It’s now for sale again at a reduced price. There won’t be any public open houses.
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