5621 Florence Terrace, Oakland, CA 94611

 SOLD $1,600,000


Few homes can compare with this updated and remodeled five-plus bedroom/three bath 1930’s Montclair home. Designed for entertaining in an idyllic garden setting, this home has a presence like no other home. Set back from the street on a manicured quarter acre lot, the house is both striking and inviting with its spacious front yard and rear terraced gardens.

With a combination of original architectural detail and modern updates/additions, this home is perfect for indoor and outdoor entertaining. The open and expansive remodeled chef’s kitchen features a Wolf gas stove and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen flows seamlessly into the large dining area with views of the landscaped rear terraced garden. A separate sun-filled breakfast nook with bench seats offers the perfect setting for more informal dining.

The kitchen’s two sets of French doors open to a large garden patio with a built-in stainless steel barbeque and overhead heating for outdoor entertaining year-round. In the evening, a lighting system throughout the garden as well as lights strung from trees create an almost magical atmosphere for family and friends to enjoy.

Terrific natural light abounds throughout the house which includes seven skylights. The airy living room features marvelous original architectural details including a vaulted beam ceiling, striking fireplace and chimney centerpiece, and random width, random length oak hardwood floors. Built-in wall-length bookcases flank the fireplace.

With four bedrooms and two bathrooms together upstairs including the master suite, this home is ideally designed for privacy upstairs and more public entertaining on the main level. All three bathrooms have been recently updated with high-end fixtures – the master bath features a frame-less stall shower and a porcelain soaking tub set on wooden beams.

The fifth bedroom is currently being used as a family room that opens to a playroom. This bedroom features a recently refinished original cherry hardwood floor. The adjoining playroom was recently updated with wool carpeting and plush padding. A nearby separate office/bonus room overlooks the rear garden patio.

The rear yard has been professionally hardscaped with a newer patio and steps that lead up to a flat grass area for play, three separate seating areas for entertaining and a workout/yoga studio with a view over the trees. The garden includes apple, orange, lemon and avocado trees as well as raised vegetable beds.

Part of the historic Fernwood Community, this home is ideally situated minutes from Montclair Village shops, restaurants and Farmer’s Market, local schools/library, Lake Temescal, and multiple parks. Commuters enjoy easy freeway access, a five minute drive to BART and minutes from the Transbay bus stop.


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