3+ Beds      3 Baths      2,041 SF      20,463 SF Lot      DUPLEX      DETACHED STUDIO IN-LAW/AU PAIR      $949,000

A Magical/Enchanted Retreat

Home Awaits

Once upon a time a journey began along the streets of Oakland’s coveted Oakmore neighborhood. As if in a fairytale, the streets are lined with storybook homes with manicured lawns and English style gardens. But this adventure takes you deeper into the forest onto Melvin Road where the fantasy continues as you travel briefly to the end of what feels like a private road. There, nestled in the tree tops, home awaits.

Greeting all who approach with peaceful seclusion, 2300 Melvin Road feels like a retreat from the bustle of city life. Though a mere few minutes from most modern conveniences, the new poured concrete driveway and gate almost act like a portal to a private respite in a land not so far away. Even Goldilocks would be perfectly satisfied here with the (legal) separate living quarters that fits just right as a guest house, an au pair’s home, or for bringing in extra income.

Entering the property it’s immediately clear that the home’s current custodians have done much to update the home from its 1940s beginning when it was part of an even larger parcel as one of Oakland’s earliest homestead settlements. The existing home site is a 20,000 square foot lot which retains a distinct feeling of forested privacy. The home’s renovation has been completed with thoughtful consideration to maintain and enhance the property’s connection to its natural surroundings, while making the most of modern comforts. The brand new exotic Ipe wood deck stretches from the front door of the main house and looks out over the hills to the waters of the bay beyond. The tree-framed bay view is shared by the living room’s large picture window and darling dining area with built-in window benches. The dining space flows seamlessly into the updated kitchen with solid marble counters and backsplash, where updated cabinets offer abundant storage. With a Viking 6 burner gas stovetop and vented range hood, the most adventurous home chef will be in their element. When warm weather beckons and outdoor cooking is what’s called for, the kitchen’s side door opens to a magical area primed for al fresco cooking and dining, shaded relaxation, or forest bathing.

Modern charm radiates at each turn of a corner, from the functional fireplace to the enchanting library, play space, or office tucked near the main living area. A first floor master suite is revealed beyond a sliding barn door where the master bath has been dutifully appointed with sleek, modern touches from the Brazilian slate tile floor, to the raised dual sinks and separate shower and tub. With verdant views from every window, shedding the stress of the daily grind comes naturally. Craftsmanship is found in the most unexpected details, like the seamless handrail gracefully guiding you to the second level where two more bedrooms and the main home’s second full bath awaits. With an inviting backdoor, a bedroom begs for a hillside seating space for morning coffees or evening reading.

The legal studio unit, detached from the main house, is no ugly step-sister. With wainscotting and a gracious picture window filling most of the main wall with views of towering redwood trees,  plus an electric fireplace (which even adds warmth) there is no shortage of charm here. The kitchen is ample with a gas stove, built-in microwave, generous counter space, storage, and an eating bar. Room for the bed is tucked back, accommodating a dedicated living space so this studio is much more than a bed-room. The closet is surprisingly deep, providing space for storing more than just clothing, and the bright, full bathroom affords relaxing bath time with the shower over the tub.

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, 2300 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.

  • Legal duplex with detached vacant studio in-law/au pair

  • Main house features three bedrooms, two bathrooms

  • Studio features well appointed kitchen and bath plus ample storage

  • Private patio sitting area for studio

  • Tree top and/or Bay views from every window

  • New Ipe wood deck

  • Updated kitchen and baths

  • Sewer Lateral Compliant

  • Private location close to everything

  • 2 car garage


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1995 El Dorado Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707

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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.