4288 Fruitvale Avenue
Nestled in the coveted Upper Oakmore neighborhood, this reimagined 1930s home achieves graceful balance between modern and traditional, showcasing original architectural details within the thoughtful contemporary updates. Behind the front gate and up brick stairs, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom home sits tall on its lot, affording plenty of privacy along with San Francisco Bay views.
Inside, spacious, light-filled rooms benefit from walls of windows, while random-plank oak floors add a simple luxury. The living room’s gambrel ceiling with exposed beams is the home’s thesis statement: telling the story of another time while welcoming today’s homeowner. Original built-in shelves create a beautiful display case, and the fireplace adds warmth and character. Slate flooring, custom cabinets and quartzite countertops give lovely form to the functional new kitchen, which is adjacent to the living room. The dining area, which segues from the kitchen to the front deck, is airy and inviting; glass doors provide an easy transition between indoors and out. Down a central hallway are two comfortable bedrooms, cozy and bright.
Also, recently remodeled are the hallway bathroom and master suite. In the shared bath, pattern and texture combine to create a contemporary-yet-vintage vibe: a custom vanity with quartzite top, accent tile wall and floor, and Rohl fixtures. The sanctuary master suite feels both private and expansive, thanks in part to glass doors opening to a terrace — most months the doors can be left open to enjoy the temperate Bay Area climate — and affording easy access to the sweet escape of the private yard. The spa-like master bath features a rain shower, custom backsplash and heated floors.
Upstairs, a light-filled space is a relaxed, functional haven. Varied ceiling heights and angles add architectural character, and the generous main space is suitable for a guest suite, play room or home office. A sunny alcove offers a cozy spot for a spa-style soaking tub in the large bathroom.
The outdoor space makes this urban home feel like a private paradise. From the front deck to the stone dining patio to the freestanding fireplace in the rear garden, there are a myriad of spots to gather for dining, conversation and play. The garden shed at the rear of the property along with plenty of room for vegetable beds — encourages the urban farmer. The large yard keeps in step with the home's persona, capturing both spaciousness and intimacy, the backdrop for a life well lived.