6520 Telegraph Avenue
AN UNEXPECTED TREASURE
Hidden along Telegraph Avenue is a fabulous 1903 Victorian that has been handsomely refreshed, yet still retains its considerable original charm. With two distinct areas, (which could, in fact, be configured as two separate living spaces) the front has a large porch that opens into a grand foyer. A beautiful formal living room with a bay window that looks out over the front garden is bright and big; through pocket doors is a gracious bedroom with a decorative fireplace, built-in cupboards and bay window. Another bedroom with a high, angled ceiling and spacious walk-in closet and a full bath with a glass shower is down the hall. Throughout, there are high ceilings, hardwood floors and architectural details that lend an old-world warmth to complement the modern updates.
At the end of the hall is the back part of the home, which includes a sun-filled formal dining room, then up the steps is a kitchen and family room, blending easily together through an open floor plan. This is a comfortable layout for entertaining, and for enjoying time with friends and family. Sliding doors open out to a tree-shaded deck that overlooks the yard. At the very back there are trees, flowers, a place to sit and enjoy the sunshine and a shed, for some low-key gardening projects. There is also ample paved space for a basketball hoop or other recreational pursuits, or for lots of off-street parking.
Off the kitchen is a convenient full bathroom and a secret bonus space: up some steps is a sizable attic-like playroom that is all coziness and charm. This fun area also has access to the roof, which is another amazing surprise from which to savor some lovely views: to the west, the downtown area of both Oakland and San Francisco and to the east, the gentle Oakland/Berkeley hills, dotted with homes.
The master bedroom on this level has windows with tree-filled outlooks that bring in lots of light. It’s a quiet, peaceful room that feels far away from a bustling city.
Another extra! An income-producing two-bedroom unit is downstairs, with independent access.
The location, with its high walk score, benefits from its proximity to two great neighborhoods - it’s situated between Elmwood and Rockridge, both known for their great shopping and fine dining, as well as many local conveniences. Whole Foods and Safeway are just blocks away, and Rockridge BART and easy freeway access are especially nice for commuters. The Foursquare and Victorian houses around the corner give a sense of the graciousness of another time.
Big in volume and style, this is urban living at its best.