The San Franciscans used to think moving to Oakland meant a loss; these days it’s more like a rite of passage.
For longtime SFers, Rockridge already appeals with its many shops and restaurants. But for potential buyers, Upper Rockridge is the perfect place to spread out and all that residential neighborhood feel.
Sitting on 8,811 square feet of land, this five-bedroom home has enough amenities to make you think San Francisco who?— like a three-car garage, media room, smart home systems, and heated floors. It even comes with friends: there’s an annual block party to mix and mingle with the neighbors.
Double doors open to the main level with a great room and dining area large enough to seat 12 around the table. Warm white oak floors and a gas fireplace set the tone for this bright gathering space, which also has a wall of windows and bi-folding glass doors that offer sweeping views of downtown Oakland, the East Line. San Francisco skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge over the bay, and even Mount Tamalpais in Marin.
The sleek kitchen is chef-ready with a heat- and scratch-resistant Dekton stone countertop, Thermador stainless steel appliances, bar and wine fridge, and large walk-in pantry. Outside, a patio with built-in seating around a gas fireplace invites after-dinner drinks. Take a sip and relax on the ipe deck under portable lights.
A bedroom, a complete bathroom and an office complete this first floor, also accessible through the garage.
The upper level houses three bedrooms and two bathrooms including the master suite. A tranquil sanctuary, the space features a large walk-in closet and a luxurious bathroom with heated marble floors, a free-standing tub, and a floating double-sink vanity. A private balcony also promises views from this room. At the end of the hallway is an office area with a white oak built-in desk and cabinets.
A legal one-bedroom, one-bathroom secondary suite on the lower level can serve as guest, au pair or in-law accommodation with interior and separate entrances. Also on this floor is a media room with a projector and retractable movie screen; flexible space; storage, and another garden.
The house is equipped with a wall-mounted iPad that controls Nest heating, speaker systems, and Ring video.
It’s perched in the hills means the property is designed for indoor and outdoor living with multiple decks and patios, gardens and a stone courtyard with a grove of redwood trees.
Area: 4,638 square feet
Asking price: $2,995,000
// 71 Sonia Street (Oakland); For more information, visit 71sonia.com.