Hidden Gardeners' & Cooks' Paradise2 BED, 1 BATH
1538 sqft. (apx.)
OFFERED AT $689,000
A delightful surprise awaits you in the Oakland hills: a quarter-acre of level, fenced organic garden, with numerous fruit trees and a collection of heirloom roses. Adjoining Knowland Park on a cul-de-sac, this oasis of calm is just down from the Grass Valley neighborhood and the Skyline trailhead, an ideal location for nature outings. And it’s only a three-minute, attractive drive along Golf Links Road to the 580 freeway, and a few minutes more to the urban buzz of Oakland and the Bay Bridge to San Francisco.
The extensive garden produced abundant amounts of fruits and vegetables at its peak, feeding the sellers as well as providing a bounty to give to neighbors. They developed the garden from an overgrown lot to a forager’s paradise. The front is hidden behind an orchard that bears copious crops of apples, pluots, apricots and Satsuma mandarins. More than a dozen heirloom rose bushes enclose the front, producing flowers of all colors and types.
The heart of this home is an updated gourmet kitchen that opens to a bright, expansive family room looking out on the remarkable back garden. The cathedral ceiling features natural wood beams, and four skylights bathe this room with light. Hand-painted floor pavers extend from the kitchen through this open space. From the window seat below banks of windows you can enjoy views of the garden. A gas fireplace surrounded by blue and white tiles provides an efficient and attractive focal point. The kitchen is a pleasure, with expansive quartz counters and a separate marble baking surface at just the right height! Stainless-steel appliances combine with natural cherry wood cabinets and ample shelving to provide a true dream kitchen! French doors open to a wooden deck, and then to a slate-tiled patio, with a built-in fireplace for outdoor dining. There’s also an outdoor shower connected to the greywater system, ideal for rinsing off after an adventure in neighboring Knowland Park, or for bathing a dog or two!
This two-bedroom home is truly a hidden gem, and offers plenty of room to expand. (Architect’s drawings of one scheme are included.) The main bedroom opens through French doors to a wooden deck from which to view your private domain. You can hear the babbling of a recirculating fountain, and watch numerous species of birds come to drink. The fountain is fed by a 250-gallon greywater system. The bathroom has just been updated with a quartz shower. And there’s a separate tub for long soaks.
The living room features a fireplace with granite surround, and opens to a formal dining room, which is also suitable as an office. The random-plank floors have just been refinished, and the entire interior has just been painted. The home features all dual-pane, true-divided lite Anderson natural wood windows.
This fully fenced garden is divided into separate areas: There are curved raised planting areas for perennials surrounded by natural rocks, as well as rectangular raised beds for growing various crops. One bed has slate tiles in place that served as mulch for growing fantastic strawberries! The garden is irrigated using the four 1,000-gallon tanks of a rain catchment system. Previously this garden was home to hives of bees. The potential is limited only by your imagination!
- Living room with wood-burning fireplace
- Formal dining room/office
- Updated bath with new (July 2017) quartz shower, separate tub
- All dual-pane true divided light natural wood windows by Anderson
- Refinished hardwood floors
- Both interior and exterior recently painted
- Recessed lighting; Custom window shades
- Attached two-car garage with work space
- Green features include rain catchment tanks;
- Greywater system attached to recirculating fountain and outdoor shower
- Insulated attic and crawlspace, and vapor barrier
- Excellent solar exposure.
- Sewer lateral compliant
- Expansion plans and architectural drawings available
- Adjoins hiking trails of Knowland Park; blocks to Skyline Trailhead
- Very near the Oakland Zoo in Knowland Park, including the new
- Landing Café, accessible only by gondola
- Just down from the Grass Valley neighborhood
- A few blocks to Lake Chabot Golf Course
- Only a few minutes to 580 freeway entrance
Built approx. 1951, this home occupies 1538 sq. ft.
on a lot of 11,760 sq. ft., according to public records
The sellers share some of their pleasure in living in this home over the past decade:
Dear Prospective new owners of 10700 Lochard St,
Welcome! We hope that whomever buys this beautiful house will enjoy living here as much aswe did. We thought you might be interested in knowing a little about the house and what it’s like to live here. First, it is peaceful and quiet. The neighbors are quiet and friendly and the wholeneighborhood has an almost-country feeling, yet you are just 2 minutes from the 580 freeway and other connections. At night we sometimes heard owls calling to each other, and sometimes the haunting sound of coyotes.
If you like feeling close to nature, the park next door (really the whole neighborhood) is home to a wide variety of wild creatures who make their homes right alongside big-city Oakland. At undeveloped Knowland Park right next door is a favorite just out your door, and if you relish hiking as much as we do, just up the hill past Grass Valley is a major trailhead for the East Bay Regional Parks network of trails. You can literally start there and hike for hours.
We replaced all the windows with double-paned ones and expanded the kitchen to what you now see. We replaced a cracked concrete patio out back with the green slate pavers and stuccoed the unattractive brick wall around the outdoor decorative fireplace. We added an outdoor shower (great also for washing the dogs when they go hiking with you!) We developed a bare, flat, weedy, completely unfenced yard into a garden. With everything we did, we tried to be as “green” as possible.
There is nothing quite as satisfying as going out first thing in the morning and picking a delicious heirloom green gage plum or a juicy homegrown satsuma mandarin orange from your own tree, or perhaps a bowl of fresh strawberries. The Gala apples seem to do well almost every year and about every other year we got mounds of luscious Blenheim apricots and pluots. And if you enjoy the art of canning and making your own jams, the kitchen is a wonderful place to do it with f riends and family. We always baked our own bread, thus the lower marble baking area in the kitchen, which is perfect for kneading or rolling piecrusts. This house really is a gardeners’ and cooks’ paradise. If you are fortunate enough to make this your new home, you will enjoy the fresh air, the cool breezes off the Bay, the deep quiet of the nights and the coziness of enjoying a glass of wine by the gas fireplace on that first chilly autumn evening while you bake an apple pie with fruit from your own trees. Best wishes to you!
Ruth & Terry
|Days on Market||11 (listed 07/14/2017, sold 08/09/2017)|
|Difference||65.55% over asking|
|Number of Stories||One Story|
|Number of Rooms||6|
|Square feet (apx)||1,538 sq ft|
|Lot Square feet (apx)||11,760 sq ft|
|Heating||Forced Air 1 Zone|
|Fireplace(s)||2, Family Room,Gas Burning,Gas Starter,Living Room,Raised Hearth,Stone,Woodburning|
|Garage||Yes, Attached Garage,Workshop in Garage, 2 spaces|
|Kitchen Features||Breakfast Bar,Counter - Solid Surface,Counter - Stone,Dishwasher,Eat In Kitchen,Gas Range/Cooktop,Island,Range/Oven Free Standing,Refrigerator,Skylight(s),Updated Kitchen|
|Laundry||Hookups Only,In Garage,Washer|
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