Lovely Rockridge 3br/2ba Craftsman with fun yard and garage storage, tucked into a serene side street just 1 block off of College Ave on the Rockridge/Elmwood border. This property is available unfurnished.
This craftsman house was built in 1914, but is now a perfect mix of old and new. There are tons of vintage details – original crown molding, box-beam ceilings, lovely wood built-ins, hardwood floors with corner inlay – but the home has been stylishly remodeled for modern living, with gorgeous high-end kitchen, plenty of skylights, updated bathrooms, forced air furnace, and much more.
From the sidewalk, a driveway runs along the right side of the house, with a wooden gate closing off the back half of the drive from the street. Drought tolerant landscaping surrounds a raised planter bed in the front yard, waiting for your tomatoes and herbs. 5 wide stairs lead to a covered front porch and original multi-paned front door. The foyer has the original built-in boot storage bench and mirrored coat closet, and it opens directly into the living room. The living room is large and bright, anchored by a newly-tiled decorative fireplace at one end and wide windows that look out over the front and side yards. It can be closed off from the rest of the downstairs by the original pocket doors, but with the doors opened – the living room, dining room, and kitchen are all open to each other, with excellent flow from room to room.
The dining room has more large windows overlooking the side yard, with a charming original built-in buffet between them. It adjoins the kitchen, which has been completely renovated. It has 2 walls of cabinets and corian countertops, plus a large center island with 2nd prep sink, additional storage, and bar seating. The appliances are top of the line – La Cornue Range and Fisher & Paykel fridge, Bosch dishwasher, plus large sink with goose-neck faucet. There is a long mudroom off the kitchen, with a glass door that leads out to the rear deck and enclosed backyard. The kitchen countertop extends beyond the kitchen area along the mudroom wall to create a sweet arts/crafts space or sunny workspace.
There is one bedroom downstairs, which is connected to the dining room through french doors, with another door out to the hallway and bathroom, and one out to the back deck. It’s a sunny, open space, with a good sized closet and hardwood floors. Off the kitchen, next to the downstairs bedroom, is a central landing with built-in linen storage and the staircase to the 2nd level. The downstairs full bath is also here, with shower over tub, vanity, and a window out to the backyard.
A curved stairway leads to the 2nd story landing, which has doors to the large master suite, a 3rd bedroom, and an extra-large full bath with laundry area.
The master suite is along the front side of the house, tucked under the classic craftsman eaves. It’s quite large, with plenty of room for a sitting area or desk. There’s a glass door leading out to a small sunny patio, perfect for morning coffee or letting in some fresh air on a warm evening. There are two large closets, both with built in drawers and organizers, plus a large extra room with a skylight and window. This extra room is currently set up as a sweet baby nursery but it could easily be a work-from-home office, a yoga or meditation room, or anything else your heart desires.
The 3rd bedroom is also spacious, with corner windows overlooking the side yard, hardwood floors, and a nice closet. The upstairs bathroom does double duty as the laundry room and bathroom. The front area has a HE washer and dryer plus storage and folding area. A sliding door separates this laundry area from the updated full bath, with shower over tub and large, opaque windows.
The outdoor areas at Auburn are a wonderful addition to the charm of the home, making for easy indoor/outdoor living. A narrow deck runs along the back of the house, connecting the kitchen and downstairs bedroom. It has a sweet corner seating area, room for a grill, and wide steps that lead down to the flat backyard. The yard is shaded by a huge cedar tree and has several sections. There is a landscaped area with a flagstone pathway that leads to a flat, sunny playspace. The back half of the driveway is gated off the street, which makes it a perfect play spot or flat area for container gardening. At the rear of the driveway is a free-standing brown shingle garage, with plenty of extra storage for your bikes, camping gear, or whatever else you need! (Except your car – you can’t drive a car past the driveway gate 🙂 )
Fantastic Rockridge location, tucked into a cozy residential triangle between College and Claremont Avenues. You’re 5 blocks to Rockridge BART station, 3 blocks to the Safeway plaza, and have incredibly convenient access to the many, many great shops and restaurants Rockridge (and Elmwood!) have to offer.
Available July 1 (perhaps sooner if needed)
Tenant responsible for all utilities, Owner covers the monthly gardener
Security deposit 1.5x/monthly rent
Pet considered with additional deposit
Showing by appointment only – Take a Virtual Tour Today
Please email to take a look, and tell me a little about yourself.
Emily Hayward DRE #02196426
AndreaRentals: A Rental Concierge for Bay Area Owners and Renters