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Ivy Hill Urban Oasis

Listed at $1,395,000; Sold for $2,150,000; 9 Offers

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Ivy Hill Urban Oasis


A designer showhouse-style transformation makes its debut in Ivy Hill. According to legend, the 1925 Spanish Mediterranean was the early home to “Mother” of Mother’s Cookies with only three previous owners. 


Each space has been meticulously restored with a blend of authentic period details and new features. Reimagined as a techie’s dream, the residence has been automated for just about everything — from climate control to window shades to audio to lighting, essentially the house can be run by smart phone. Most every detail and every decision was made with the highest standards of design and authentic craftsmanship in mind, ensuring an inspiring space to live and entertain. 


An elegant original brick walkway and railings lead up to a large front porch, custom dutch front door and entryway. From the front door, a view extends through the house to the yard, giving the 2,704 square-foot floorplan a sense of indoor/outdoor flow from the moment you walk in. The gracious entryway impresses with an original restored stair railing, radiator heater and a custom niche. A large, light filled living room, touched by an original fireplace surround and new remote operated gas insert, stretches the length of the house, and opens to the Ipe deck. Remote/app operated shades in the living room also double as the screen for the home theatre, making it the ultimate entertainer’s space! The chef's kitchen has been reimagined as a modern-day culinary vision with gourmet commercial appliances, a large soapstone island, lots of storage, soda water/beer taps, coffee maker space, BlueStar commercial range with double oven and 24” griddle, two sinks and soapstone countertops with Cle’ Zellige backsplash tile and Oh Joy! Cle’ Encaustic cement tile floor.  A breakfast nook in the kitchen allows for easy casual entertaining. Custom colored, hand painted Fireclay tiles grace the entry nook and tie together the orange Bluestar stove with the dramatic Cle’ Zellige tile wall. Countertop power outlets allow the accent wall to remain unbroken.The dining room can be closed or left open with glass French doors, and easy access to the kitchen via a dutch door. Custom leaded glass detail was handcrafted by the owner and contains over 1200 pieces of colorful and beveled glass. Finishing out the main level is an incredible powder room with meadow-inspired Heath tile designed to represent blades of grass as it visually meets the floral Liberty wallpaper, complete with designer pink accents from Vola and an Italian Murano glass chandelier. Hidden behind a pocket door is the laundry room. 


A full height basement accessed from the kitchen stairway allows for storage or a workshop space. Plus, an attached finished garage opens to the yard for car storage, exercise room or expansion of the outdoor living space.  


Four generous bedrooms reside upstairs. The primary bedroom suite is a study in symmetry as extraordinary design is expressed through a custom see-through DaVinci fireplace, matching bespoke bench seats, dual closets with Elfa shelving organizers, a vaulted shiplap ceiling and convenient laundry chute.  The spacious sky-lit primary bath offers the epitome of spa luxury with a steam shower and large clawfoot tub with a view of the East Bay hills through the fireplace, plus dual sinks with Vola faucets, custom cabinetry and a separate toilet room. In another example of the home’s exemplary tilework, the “Shoreline” bath features a stunning custom Heath Tile mosaic meant to reflect the sand meeting the sea in front of the vanities as the wave of tile "crashes" in the shower to reveal the sunshine. Two additional upper bathrooms — a full for the other occupants and a half “galaxy” bathroom. A hidden storage medicine chest gives the “galaxy” bathroom everyday functionality.(both with Heath ceramic and Cle’ encaustic cement tile and appropriate finish plumbing compliments by Vola, Newport Brass, Franz Veigener— are true expressions of artistry with custom design. 


Beyond, the sunny yard is surrounded by extensive succulent plantings and a raised vegetable garden. The deck opens from the living room, breakfast nook and kitchen and features a cozy built-in firepit, and drops into the outdoor oasis with a lawn, paver walkway / driveway, secret grotto area and a cool Airstream "Guest House.”


Perched in the prime Ivy Hill neighborhood in Oakland, this one-of-a-kind architectural gem is close to everything that Oakland has to offer with its diversity, culture and eclectic feel. Close proximity to Lake Merritt, Downtown Oakland, Glen View, Grand Lake and Lakeshore neighborhoods, plus freeways 580 and 880 make it a not-to-be-missed opportunity. Lake Merrit BART is a short bike ride away with secure bike parking.


Incredible from start to finish. 





2704 square feet 

4 beds

2 full baths

2 - 1/2 baths 

Indoor/outdoor flow with five doors opening onto deck 

Large flat yard on 7,500 square-foot lot with secret sunken grotto


Airstream trailer with bathroom and kitchenette for guest house or rental 


Features List 


Whole House:


  • Custom double-pane douglas fir casement windows by local Berkeley company Frameworks
  • Custom stained glass inside double pane windows by previous owner 
  • New front door by Rogue Valley Doors 
  • Nest controlled original restored radiators 
  • 2-zone Nest controlled radiant heated floors in the kitchen, kids bathroom, master bedroom and master bathroom
  • Kohler toilets
  • Sonos sound system in 3 zones
  • Lutron Caseta switches in many rooms
  • Lutron Serena shades in two bedrooms
  • Tom Dixon, Artemide, Allied Maker, Marset, George Nelson by Herman Miller light fixtures
  • Solid brass fixtures from Vola, Newport Brass, California Faucets
  • New solid wood interior doors with original door hardware
  • Design Collaboration with Donna Roberts of DGR Architecture




  • Custom tile floors, ceramic from Heath, encaustic cement from Cle
  • Original oak floors, refinished
  • 100% wool Berber carpet in master bedroom 


Main Level “Meadow” Powder Room


  • Liberty of London wallpaper
  • Heath wall tile
  • Clé encaustic cement floor tile
  • Faucet and bath accessories by Vola 
  • Murano glass chandelier from Italy
  • Flush mounted mirror with integrated light 


Laundry Room


  • Clé encaustic cement floor tile and wall
  • Built in cabinets
  • Laundry Sink
  • 3 zone Sonos Amplifiers




  • Clé encaustic cement floor tile
  • Clé zellige tile for tile wall with power outlets integrated into the counter to break the flow of tile as little as possible
  • 48” Subzero fridge 748 Pro-G
  • 48” BlueStar double oven/range w/ 4 burner range and 24” griddle in custom color
  • 54” BlueStar hood with 10” duct and external blower
  • 4 sparkling water and beer taps 
  • Miele dishwasher 
  • Soapstone counters with integrated soapstone sinks for seamless look, and integrated drain board
  • Integrated hot water dispenser 
  • Wolf warming drawer 
  • In-wall faucet by Vola
  • Island sink faucet by California Faucets 
  • Champagne Island sink can be filled with ice and beverages for entertaining
  • Hand-painted Fireclay tiles accent the entry nook with custom storage bench seat and shelf with key and charging station
  • Under island counter plugs for computers and appliances 
  • Appliance garage to hide appliances while still keeping them accessible and usable


Dining Room


  • Classic Nelson Bubble Pendant 
  • Sunset gradient stained glass with diamond double bevels for privacy. Over 1,200 pieces of glass. Designed and fabricated in the dining room by the owners.
  • In-floor plug below table for electronic work use.


Upstairs “Kids” Bath


  • Clé encaustic cement tile on floors, walls, bath surround
  • Built-in cast iron tub from Koehler 
  • Vola wall-mounted sink faucet
  • Newport Brass bath and shower hardware 
  • Heath tile for bath niches and towel holders
  • Koehler sink
  • Soapstone counter (the cutout from the Bluestar range)
  • Robern AIO series 36” two door recessed medicine cabinet with integrated LEDs in mirror 
  • Myson towel warmer with timer switch


Upstairs Galaxy” Powder Room


  • Heath tile on floor and walls 
  • Wallpaper from Graham & Brown
  • Robern AIO series 30” two door recessed medicine cabinet with integrated LEDs in the mirror


Front Secondary Bedrooms


  • Lincrusta wall coverings
  • Cedar lined closets
  • Lutron Serena smart blackout shades in one bedroom  
  • Ceiling fans 
  • Built in closet organizers 


Office / 4th Bedroom


  • Heath wallpaper
  • Wall mounted TV hook-ups


Primary Bedroom


  • Double sided DaVinci Fireplace between master bed and bath with floor-to-ceiling Heath tile surrounds on both sides
  • Heath wallpaper
  • Elfa organization in both closets
  • Tom Dixon Melt ceiling light
  • Artemide Tolomeo wall sconces 
  • Automatic closet lights 
  • 100% wool Berber carpet
  • Custom cushions for built-in benches were crafted by the owner and are upholstered in Hygge & West fabric
  • Lutron Serena smart light-filtering shades
  • Laundry chute to the laundry room


“Shoreline” Primary Bath


  • Two-person steam shower by ThermaSol Pro-395 with separate shower controls
  • Heath tile, including a 27’ custom mural
  • Thassos white marble counter
  • Custom mirror with integrated LEDs by Electric Mirror
  • Large cast iron clawfoot tub in a custom color
  • Newport Brass shower hardware 
  • Two Koehler sinks
  • Two Vola wall mounted faucets 
  • Wallpaper by Hygge & West in water closet 


  • Centrally located in room Ethernet termination and home automation control station
  • Large power supply for a multitude of products
  • Kegman.net custom soda and beer system including McCan’s BigMac carbonator
  • Instant dual boiler for radiant heat and domestic hot water 
  • Storage tank for hot water provides a massive supply
  • 3 heat zones (2 in floor radiant, 1 radiator) provide silent gentle warmth



  • Ipe wood deck 
  • Room and Board Fire pit on the deck is hard plumbed to natural gas
  • Plumbed to hook up a natural gas grill
  • Marvin with copper colored aluminum clad exterior for superior weather resistance
  • Outdoor LED wall sconces by SONNEMAN
  • Multiple switched outlets for custom outdoor lighting design 
  • Custom powder coated insulated Raynor garage door


Solar & Exterior EV Charging


  • VELUX Solar-Powered Remote Controlled Skylights 
  • SolarCity/ Tesla solar panels with transferable power purchase agreement 
  • 50 amp NEMA 14-50 plug for EV charging in driveway
  • 50 amp rated wire run to rear corner of garage, wired on exterior with a 30 amp outlet for the Airstream


Structural Upgrades


  • All new pex  supply plumbing throughout from where the city supply enters the foundation
  • All new cast iron waste lines to the street with sewer lateral upgrade. Original sewer line only under foundation. 
  • 100% new electrical with two subpanels from the utility connection pole through the whole house
    • Tamper resistant outlets
    • Arc fault breakers
    • Larger 200 amp service main 
    • 1 EV ready 50 amp outlet in driveway 
    • Garage wired for 50 amp outlet (currently has 30 amp outlet on 50 amp wire on exterior)
  • Seismic retrofit by Quakebusters with imbedded epoxy foundation bolts and plywood shear walls
  • New roof in 2015

Floor Plan

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Saturday July 24 2-4pm

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Saturday July 31 2-4pm

Sunday August 1 2-4pm

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Andrew Pitarre


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