2 BR, 2 BA Oakland Condo for Sale: $795,000
The architect of this landmark Mid-Century modern condominium building built in 1968 was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Wright influence is evident in the building’s wonderful facade. Located on the shores of Oakland’s historic Lake Merritt, the Lakeside Regency Plaza has only 81 apartments and was originally designed as a luxury rental property. The building offers gated indoor parking, homeowner storage units, laundry facilities, and the West Room, a resident-only community center that provides space for family gatherings, meetings, and parties.
Number 165 is on the sixteenth floor and has been lovingly and thoughtfully remodeled by the present owners. An extensive remodel was completed in 2012, and today’s beautifully finished living spaces look as new and fresh as five years ago. This exceptional home offers a formal living room, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, an eat-in chef’s kitchen, a balcony, a garage space, and a storage unit.
As you enter, your eye is instantly drawn to the sweeping floor-to-ceiling views of downtown Oakland and the Oakland hills from the living room and spacious kitchen. The modern, open floor plan shows off the generous scale of the rooms, and the expansive view creates a feeling of openness and light. Particular attention to detail is immediately evident in this elegant, contemporary home, from the understated gray ceramic floor to the living room’s built-in desk and office space. The living room’s gallery walls are ideal for a collection of art or photographs, and sliding doors open to a comfortable balcony with a railing that has the original Mid-Century design.
The professional chef’s kitchen also offers spectacular urban cityscape views and was designed by well-known Oakland restaurateur Chris Pastena. The sophisticated eat-in kitchen features a white subway tile backsplash; Caesarstone counters; a center island that provides seating for casual meals; and a stunning cast-iron Aga cooker that is the beautiful focal point of the room and has six burners, and multiple ovens. Other Aga appliances that complement the cooker include a dishwasher and a refrigerator, and a Sharp Insight Pro microwave drawer next to the cooker is as stylish as it is convenient.
The spacious master bedroom suite enjoys full city views and a partial view of Lake Merritt. The bedroom closet has built-ins and room enough for more than one wardrobe. A separate bank of built-in drawers stretches from floor to ceiling providing plenty of additional storage space. The sleek master bathroom has a state-of-the-art walk-in shower with black ceramic faux-marble tile and a polished chrome luxury shower system that includes hand-held showerheads and built-in body sprays.
A second bedroom is situated between the master suite and the kitchen, and a full second bathroom is conveniently located across the hall from the bedroom. This additional bedroom is nearly equal in size to the master and offers more of the same expansive Oakland city and hills views that are seen from most of the other rooms in the home. Unstinting attention to detail is evident in the elegant bathroom, with a contemporary hanging vanity, recessed sink, beautiful light fixtures, and a shower/tub with a handsome ceramic tile surround.
This special turn-key property provides the best of contemporary living in an architecturally significant Mid-Century modern building. In addition, 1555 Lakeside offers a truly wonderful urban location with the city literally at its doorstep, allowing residents to take advantage of all that Oakland’s restaurants, arts, and natural beauty have to offer. With easy access to Lake Merritt, BART, and major Bay Area freeways, this home is a one of a kind.
• 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
• 1,311 sq. ft. per public records
• Built in 1968, remodeled in 2012
• Panoramic views of Oakland and Oakland hills
• Formal living room
• Professional chef’s kitchen with AGA range, dishwasher, and refrigerator
• Steibel Eltron heaters in living areas and both bedrooms
• George Kovacs track lighting
• Dedicated storage unit
• 1-car parking in building’s gated garage
• Residents’ lounge/community center
• Shared laundry room
• Current HOA dues: $834 per month
• Easy access to Lake Merritt, downtown/Uptown Oakland, Chinatown, Whole Foods Market, BART, and highways 980 and 880
Listed At: $795,000
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