The Oakland Home Where “Mother” of Mother’s Cookies Once Lived Asks $1.4M
August 11, 2021
By Kathryn M.
Its current owners have since renovated the 1920s Spanish-style residence to include vibrantly colored tile, top-notch appliances, and a backyard oasis complete with an Airstream.
New to the market in Oakland, California, is a turnkey four-bedroom dating back to 1925. The historic Spanish Mediterranean is said to have been home to the founders of food brand Mother’s Cookies, Noah M. Wheatley and his wife, Leopoldine Wheatley. Perched in the Ivy Hill neighborhood, the dwelling was recently treated to a top-to-toe redesign by its current owners, Jenny Finkel and Ryan Mason, who acquired the property in 2015.
“After looking at tons of houses with tasteful but plain renovations, we wanted to embark on something wholly different,” says Ryan. “We both love colors and textures, and as a guiding principle, we aimed for materials that would grow more beautiful with age.”
Spanning across 2,705 square feet, the residence now offers an open, airy layout, filled with large living spaces and a mix of vintage and new details. “We strove to stay true to the history of the home and area,” says Jenny. “The original trim had been painted over many times, so we replaced it with beautiful vertical-grain Douglas fir—the same wood as the original.”
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