3 BR, 2 BA Oakland Condo for Sale: $1,318,000
Rarely does an Oakland condominium come to market that is located in a building as steeped in the city’s architectural history as the Regillus. Long recognized as a premier Oakland residence, the Regillus is a grand Beaux-Arts building on the shores of historic Lake Merritt, and was designed by architect Willis C. Lowe and constructed between 1921-1924. Limited to only thirty-nine condominiums, ownership in this magnificent building is reserved for only a special few.
Number 803 is a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home located on the top floor of the west wing and one of only three apartments on its floor. The front door opens to a large, imposing foyer that creates a suitable transition for this grand apartment. The foyer has a refinished vintage oak floor, picture wall panels, and ornate egg-and-dart crown moulding.
The foyer leads to the magnificent living and dining rooms, both of which are truly works of art from a resplendent earlier resplendent era. The walls of the living room are covered with Georgian-style wall paneling, and the room’s high ceilings are accentuated by layered crown moulding that draws attention to the tray ceiling. A stunning wood-burning English fireplace is the focal point of the room and features a marble hearth and a classic wood mantel with ornately carved stone brackets and a carved flower medallion that is centered on the front. A fixed window and a pair of sliding doors offer panoramic views of Lake Merritt, Oakland, and the Oakland hills. The spacious dining room offers less architectural embellishments than the living room, but still offers many elegant period details and stunning downtown Oakland views.
The updated kitchen is sunny and spacious and features an oak floor, a walk-in pantry, quartz countertops, brilliant white Shaker-style cabinetry, and a convection stovetop. New stainless steel appliances include a Zephyr range and hood; a Frigidaire oven; and a side-by-side refrigerator. Large sliding doors open for ventilation, and beautiful views once again dominate the room.
The bedrooms are situated next to each other off of a long central hallway. The master suite is on the left and has the same beautiful Lake Merritt/Oakland views that grace the living room. This spacious bedroom offers two separate closets, an elegant picture rail, a refinished oak floor, vintage doors, and period trim. The en-suite bathroom has a shower over a tub with a tile surround and is large enough to create a dream bathroom for today’s modern lifestyle.
Two additional bedrooms are across the hall from the master bedroom and are connected by a sizable bathroom. Both bedrooms are sunny, generously sized, and include many period details. Sliding doors offer wonderful urban views from each room and open to the decorative stone-balustrade “balcony” that encircles the entire apartment. Finally, assigned parking in the building’s garage completes the home.
The Regillus set the standard for what was to become Oakland’s Lake Merritt Gold Coast in the 1920s. The building is a true example of Beaux-Arts architectural design, and features an elegant rusticated stone band facade, many balconies, balustrades and stone sculptural elements, and grand arched windows. A spectacular front entrance has marble stairs that lead to elaborate wrought-iron doors, and an Art Nouveau glass and wrought-iron canopy is reminiscent of early 20th-century Paris. A semi-circular cobblestone driveway draws attention to the formal entrance and offers easy access to the building for owners and their guests.
Another special feature of this stately building is the beautiful terra-cotta-tiled rear terrace that overlooks the landscaped garden and Lake Merritt. A formal dual staircase, complete with classical stone balustrades, leads down to the garden and brick walkways. The mature English garden contains separate seating areas, and lush garden beds are filled with colorful camellias, hydrangea, and azaleas.
The elegant Regillus common rooms feature a Carrara marble floor and a tray ceiling with classically ornate crown mouldings. Guests can enjoy a drawing room that includes a beautiful wood-burning fireplace, and a small dining room and kitchenette are conveniently situated next to the drawing room. Both rooms have views of the garden and Lake Merritt through doors that open to the terrace. The residences are divided between an east and west wing, with separate elevators servicing each wing, and shared laundry facilities on each floor of each wing.
This special property is a true example of gracious early 20th-century living and offers a rare opportunity to own a piece of Oakland’s architectural history. With easy access to downtown Oakland, San Francisco, BART, Interstate 880, and Oakland International Airport, this home is truly a treasure.
• 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
• 1,759 sq. ft. per public records
• Panoramic views of Oakland, Lake Merritt, and Oakland Hills
• Grand foyer
• Formal living room with ornate wood-burning fireplace
• Formal dining room
• Updated kitchen with pantry
• Hardwood floors
• High ceilings
• Layered crown moulding, tray ceilings, Baldwin brass door hardware, Georgian wall paneling, picture wall moulding
• Decorative “balcony” with stone balustrade; access not permitted per HOA
• Newly painted interior
• Built in 1924; only 2 occupants since conversion from luxury apartments to condos in 1979
• Only 3 bedroom penthouse unit in the west wing
• 1-car parking
•Designed by architect Willis C. Lowe
• 39 units in 2 wings
• Formal common rooms, terrace, and gardens
• Shared laundry rooms with washers and dryers on each floor of each wing
• Close to Uptown and Downtown Oakland, 19th Street BART station, Chinatown, freeways 580, 880, and 980
Sold On: Jun 02 2017
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