550 East 20th Street
RARE AND WONDERFUL
This 1936 Mediterranean-style bungalow is full of great surprises. Set on a deep lot with multiple levels, it has lovely bonus spaces, glorious views, and offers some flexible living options. Full of character, it is a classic home with smart modern updates in the charming neighborhood of Ivy Hill - truly the best of old and new.
Warm hardwood floors, a beamed foyer, coved ceilings and graceful archways are some of the lovely architectural details that provide an elegant welcome. The spacious living room has big windows that bring in lots of light. The formal dining room is bright and airy and the layout has a natural flow that makes for easy entertaining. Tucked in the back and overlooking the yard is a sweet breakfast nook, with built-in cabinets and lots of sun.
The kitchen has a stainless steel sink and appliances, with a granite counter and a pretty garden view. Off the kitchen is a big laundry room and a convenient half-bathroom. Down the stairs is a lower level with a bonus room that leads to the garage. The bonus room has a separate entrance from the outside, and could be an excellent space for a studio, workshop, gym or playroom. Another level down is an expansive basement that provides plenty of storage.
Upstairs are two good-sized bedrooms and an updated bathroom. Up another level, is a stunning stand-alone master suite. big and bright, it has a private balcony with views of Lake Merritt and downtown Oakland, two big closets and a full bathroom. The views from the back windows look over the Oakland Hills. The windows’ exposure from two directions brings in maximum light and optimum views; it is a quiet, private place to enjoy the sunlight by day and the twinkling views by night. Around the corner of the bedroom is another bonus: a fully equipped kitchen and a door to a stairway leading to the garden gives this wonderful room an extra option as a possible separate living space. Though perfect as a master suite, it’s a fabulous option as an in-law or au pair apartment, or as a potential rental space.
The back yard is yet another delight: at the bottom of the stairs is a big patio, followed by a sunny grassy lawn area. A few steps down from that is yet another huge space with big trees, including citrus, fig, palm and loquat, and lots of varied vegetation, which opens up again into a cleared space. The yard is a gardener’s delight, a child’s fantasy and an extraordinary opportunity to create an exceptional urban oasis.
The location is equally great - Ivy Hill is an emerging and exciting neighborhood that enjoys the restaurants and shopping of nearby Park Boulevard, as well as the many local pleasures of East 18th Street. Sunny all the time, it is a quick trip to Lake Merritt, the Farmers' Market and the excellent Lakeshore shopping. Easy freeway access and ready public transportation makes commuting a breeze.
The charm factor and livability is high here. Modern comforts, classic beauty, in a fabulous location with amazing extras make this a great place to call home.