4 Beds      2.5 Baths      2696 SF      0.28 Acres      $1,570,000    SOLD

Mid-Century Modern Retreat

Where we choose to live opens opportunities for how we live. At 2251 Melvin Road in Oakland’s coveted Upper Oakmore neighborhood, the choice is yours. Flexible living spaces open the door for living in united community, or with separation of space when solitude is desired. The one-bedroom in-law suite on the home’s lower level is complete with its own kitchen, living spaces, and separate entry on the private deck. Friends and family could happily sequester themselves in this space to relax and rejuvenate, or make the space more utilitarian and utilize it to supplement your mortgage. The Mediterranean inspired gardens, surrounded by succulents, palms, and native plants, makes this stunning home feel like a very well-kept secret oasis. With an expansive lot extending over a quarter acre, there is room to roam in quiet contemplation, lovingly tend to the newly planted victory garden on the Ipe wood view deck, gather around a fire pit for convivial conversations, or take in the nightly show of always-stunning Bay Area sunsets from any of the property’s three ample decks or simply stay in and marvel the view from almost all west facing rooms.

Stepping onto the newly refinished hardwood floors of the main living level, the Bay Area greets you with unobstructed views through the open living space’s large picture windows and deck with a custom railing system that brings in even more of the Bay. Once inside, the many thoughtful, custom details emerge. Clean lines of the home’s mid-century era echo through the architecture, extending to the home’s designer details, while perfectly juxtaposing with the property’s free form natural surroundings.  Upscale light fixtures from Omega Lighting and Design in the living room and bathroom make the property sparkle. Warm wood details on the fireplace’s ceiling-high mantel frame tasteful mirrors to reflect and further unite inner worlds with outer.

The well-appointed chef’s kitchen offers an abundance of workspace on the honed black granite counters and storage in the original cabinets updated with ultra chic pulls, as well as just the right amount of open shelving to display your curated collections. The six-burner gas stove is ready to support all of your culinary creations while the matching stainless steel dishwasher will handle the cleanup. Look out the front window to the easily accessible level front yard ready for private play and relaxation and assess which of your homegrown produce will be prominent on the table. The kitchen space affords additional opportunity to pick your preference with an ancillary area primed for hanging out, hosting an impromptu dance party, or ready to be an easy eating area; no matter your preference, bay views will support your choice.

The main living level affords single level living with three bedrooms and one and a half baths. The master bedroom features a private plus room primed for the most haute closet to make dressing a dream. The full bathroom has been remodeled with no detail overlooked to elevate the space while retaining its connection to the home’s original design. The sink is Native Trails eco concrete, bolstered by a custom mahogany counter, a design detail echoed in the bathroom’s open shelving. Hand sourced tile from Natural Stone in Berkeley is found throughout.

Descending to the lower level in-law quarters, new, glass Simpson doors anchor large picture windows and help flood the space with natural light while creating the easiest of indoor-outdoor flow to the 500 square foot redwood deck which spans the width of the living area and provides easy access to the backyard’s level spaces. The thoughtful designer details found on the main living floor extend to the one bedroom, one bath lower suite. The shared laundry space, exterior to the lower suite, and private kitchen’s Marmoleum flooring was custom designed to interplay with the aesthetics of the space. Ample butcher block countertops provide more than sufficient space for prep work and cooking. The lower level’s living space is divided to create separation for work and play, with the private bedroom filling out the spacious space.

  • Four bedrooms, two and a half baths
  • One bedroom, one bath in-law suite with separate entrance
  • Almost 2,700 square feet of living space
  • Panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay
  • Level yard spaces in the front and back
  • Over a quarter of an acre of land
  • Mediterranean inspired gardens
  • Custom design details throughout
  • Newly refinished hardwood floors

Uniquely located almost equidistant to Montclair Village, Glenview, the Dimond District, and Woodminster’s quaint, but competent shopping square, there is no shortage when looking for an evening out for dinner or gathering supplies to create a culinary masterpiece. Neighborhood favorite Rocky’s Market is a quick jaunt down the hill where weekly food events happen and Two Local Girls live. If the nature filling every turn of the head isn’t quite immersive enough, 2251 Melvin is no more than 10 minutes from some of the East Bay’s best parks and trailheads. And for the days requiring a commute over the Bay, the transbay V line is a hair over a mile away, or toss a coin to decide if today’s BART ride will begin at Rockridge or Fruitvale’s station. For all other routes, nearby entrances to highways 13, 24, and 580 will grant you access to any direction the day requires.




Pattie Holm


1995 El Dorado Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707

The above information including square footage is based on data received from the seller and/or from public sources. This information is deemed reliable but has not been independently verified and cannot be guaranteed.