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Location: Oakland, CA
Any regular house in San Francisco proper will easily set you back $1 million, but a bit farther out across the bay, there's a lot to be had for a similar amount of money. Over in Upper Oakmore, a well-off East Oakland neighborhood developed in the 1920s for commuters to San Francisco, $1.25 million buys a gorgeous 1936 brick tudor designed by Chester H. Treichel and surrounded by gardens and redwoods.
Past the 2,410-square-foot home's arched brick entrance, there's an airy living room with stunning redwood vaulted ceilings, a stone fireplace, and second story balcony. The ground level also contains two bedrooms with garden views, the dining room, and remodeled kitchen featuring updated appliances and large casement windows looking out to the outdoor patio. The master suite upstairs is a bit fancier, sporting beautiful wood panels on the walls and ceiling. Wood panels also cover the lower level family room, which comes with a full wet bar.
According to the listing, the original owner of the house was an "avid horticulturalist," which would help explain the splendid gardens on site, plus special features like a garden casita ("little house" in Spanish) and two decks.
- 1872 Brentwood Road [Sotheby's]
- 18 of the Most Drop-Dead Gorgeous Houses for Sale in 2015 [Curbed]