179 11th St.
4 BR, 2 BA Oakland Home for Sale 1,872 Sq. Ft.
Vintage Elegance in Downtown Oakland
Address: 179 Eleventh Street
Bedrooms: 4 BR
Bathrooms: 2 BA
Square Feet: 1,872
Sold On: 14-Jun-2017
Built in 1910, this stately vintage house is located in downtown Oakland’s vibrant and bustling Chinatown, yet is only minutes from the tranquil shores of Lake Merritt and only three blocks from the Lake Merritt BART station. This beautiful late Victorian 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home features many original architectural details and offers formal living and dining rooms; a spacious eat-in kitchen; and a large bedroom next to the kitchen that can also be used as an office or playroom. Even though this home is over one hundred years old, the house still has a wonderful flow and provides a lovely space for today’s lifestyle.
The home’s gracious exterior has many of the ornate adornments typical of late Victorian architecture. The house has wood clapboard siding and a covered front porch with a pair of stunning Corinthian columns that support the porch roof. Ornate, layered crown moulding tops the frieze above the columns, and the same moulding is mirrored beneath the second floor roofline. Corinthian column pilasters rise to the full height of the house on either side of the facade, and the elaborate second floor window trim perfectly complements the home’s ornamentation.
Once inside, the practical yet elegant floor plan begins with a formal open foyer that features the original oak floor and coved plaster ceilings that continue through the house. A wide framed doorway separates the foyer from a living room that has a high coved ceiling, a bordered oak floor, wide baseboards, a picture rail, and newer dual-pane windows set into the original casements.
A large, gracious dining room has beautiful vintage details that include a coved plaster ceiling and a decorative brick fireplace with a stunning mirrored and leaded glass hutch that rests on the fireplace mantel. Three cottage windows topped with leaded glass are set into a bay, and a picture rail and simple batten and board wainscoting complete the lovely room.
The spacious eat-in kitchen is sunny and bright and has been updated with granite counters, Shaker-style honey oak cabinets, a built-in microwave, and a newer GE gas range. A large bonus room directly adjacent to the kitchen has a complete bathroom and is ideal for a family room, home office, play area, or fourth bedroom. The spacious room has a high ceiling, and an abundance of natural light pours in from four large windows. A vintage five-panel Shaker-style door opens to a narrow hardwood deck that overlooks the large paved backyard that is fenced and gated.
The home’s main three bedrooms and additional bathroom are located on the second floor and reached via a beautiful staircase that embodies the artisanship of an earlier era. The impressive staircase is architecturally significant to the home’s design with elegant newel posts and classically turned balustrades that continue along a second floor hallway. The staircase also features a high coved ceiling and batten and board wainscoting.
The generously sized master bedroom features the original oak floor, and windows on every wall offer plenty of light and cross ventilation. The home’s other two bedrooms also feature the original oak floor and are comparable in size and vintage details including Shaker-style doors, wide baseboards, and windows with the original framing.
179 11th Street is a beautiful vintage home that provides a tranquil refuge from the hustle and bustle of urban life, but is very close to exciting downtown Oakland and the shops and restaurants of Chinatown. Easy access to major Bay Area freeways, BART, Lake Merritt, and all that Oakland has to offer make this home a vintage jewel.
• 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
• Built in 1910
• 1,872 sq. ft. of living space on 2,500 sq. ft. lot (per public records)
• Formal foyer
• Formal living room
• Formal dining room features original decorative fireplace with built-in hutch
• Updated eat-in kitchen
• Fourth bedroom is great for office, playroom, guest room
• Period features include original oak floors, coved plaster ceilings, picture rails, wide baseboards, vintage five-panel Shaker-style doors, beadboard, batten and board wainscoting
• Dual-pane windows, vintage window casements
• New tankless water heaters
• Washer/dryer in unit
• Attached 1-car garage
• Spacious backyard patio
• Easy access to Lake Merritt BART, Alameda, Uptown/downtown Oakland, and highways 580, 980, and 880