4225 Howe Street
Oakland, CA 94611
$1,485,000 | Sold $1,800,000
4225 Howe Street, Oakland, CA 94611
3,395 SF Lot
About 4225 Howe Street
Welcome to gracious living. From 4225 Howe Street’s fabulous Oakland location and 1907 period details to its lush gardens and light-filled spaces, this architectural gem has it all. Even a spectacular backyard all-season teahouse with clerestory windows and removable shoji screen panels. Perfect for candlelit dinner parties and Champagne brunches, or even for morning meditation and yoga. The possibilities are boundless.
Everything about this house is laid out for entertaining. Whether it’s the spacious living and dining rooms or the open, airy chef’s kitchen, an addition the owners spent six months painstakingly designing and building, so their entire family could cook together. Take advantage of the gleaming stainless-steel appliances, plentiful counter space and a large center island for preparing those big holiday meals or family dinners. But the best part may just be the vaulted ceilings, skylight and the flow from the kitchen through the big glass doors to the manicured grounds and that amazing teahouse. Indoor-outdoor living at its finest.
For those quite fall nights, maybe curl up in front of the living room fireplace with a good book, or have a bowl of soup in the dining room with the second fireplace blazing. Yes, there are two fireplaces. In the summertime, watch the world go by with a tall glass of lemonade on the inviting front porch. Or perhaps hold a barbecue with friends and neighbors on the back deck.
All three bedrooms are conveniently located on the second floor. Imagine waking up in the primary bedroom with the morning light streaming through an original arched window, one of the special architectural features of the house. And don't worry about storage. This bedroom has three closets. The other two bedrooms are equally sunny with plenty of space for all your clothes. There’s even extra storage space in the attic for seasonal items and holiday decorations. Completing the second level is an updated bathroom with Carrara marble vanity top, subway tile, walk-in shower, separate soaking tub and a wall of linen cabinets that seamlessly blends with the period details of the home while offering modern convenience and luxury.
The beauty of this three-bedroom, two-bath property is that when you’re home, it’s as if you’re a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city in your own private, leafy sanctuary. But outside your front door, only a few blocks away, is a trove of shopping, fine dining, public transportation, and easy access to freeways. It’s just a stone's throw to Piedmont Avenue, foodie central, and a quick jaunt to all the quaint boutiques of Rockridge, while still maintaining that close-knit neighborhood vibe with tree-lined streets and stately homes.
The owners’ love for this house can be felt in every corner, where they’ve meticulously preserved the old growth Douglas fir floors, the vintage light fixtures and the show-stopping stained-glass window over the graceful staircase. Oh, that stained-glass window will take your breath away. At night, it illuminates the second-floor landing like a shining star.
Over recent years, the owners installed a number of upgrades, including ipe wood decking and a drought-tolerant garden like something straight out of the pages of "Sunset" magazine. The high ceilings are grand and the mill work elegant, adding more than a touch of old-world charm. All that's left to do is plan the housewarming party.
Features & Updates
- Elegant entryway with stained-glass window
- Formal living and dining rooms, each with its own fireplace
- Original millwork and vintage knobs and light fixtures
- Hard-wood floors
- Chef’s kitchen with white cabinetry, granite countertops, center island, skylight, windows galore, and glass doors out to the backyard
- Full bath with high-end fixtures
- Laundry room
- Lots of storage
- High ceilings and a flood of light streams through the house
- Three sunny bedrooms
- Primary bedroom has three closets, vintage light sconces and a beautiful arched window
- Large spacious bathroom with Carrara marble vanity top, subway tile, walk-in shower, separate soaking tub, and a wall of linen cabinets
- Ample storage, including attic space
- Detached heated teahouse with ceiling fan, clerestory windows and shoji screen walls that can be used year-round for entertaining or as a meditation or exercise studio
- Lovely redwood arbor with stained-glass
- Lush irrigated gardens with a Zen-like feel
- Ipe decking
- Privacy fence
- Redwood storage units to keep the patio furniture cushions and anything else you can think of
Take a Tour of 4225 Howe Street
4225 Howe Street is centrally located in Oakland’s Piedmont Avenue neighborhood. It’s 1.2 miles from the nearest public transit station and in the thick of all the East Bay has to offer. Shops, restaurants, bakeries, parks and services are nearby and San Francisco just a short BART ride or drive across the bay.
- Start your Sunday morning reading the paper while nibbling on a frangipane croissant and sipping coffee at La Farine Boulangerie Patisserie, famous for its mouthwatering pastries. It’s only a four-minute stroll to the bakery’s Piedmont Avenue address.
- Less than four miles away, walk, bike, jog, or even take a gondola ride (yes, a gondola ride) around Lake Merritt. The tidal lagoon, just east of downtown Oakland, was the nation’s first official wildlife refuge. There’s a three-mile footpath for a leisurely day hike to bird–or even people–watch. Or grab a cocktail and some appetizers at Lake Chalet Seafood Bar and Grill for some dockside dining.
- While you’re at Lake Merritt, why not make a day out of it and take the kids to Children’s Fairyland? The park is home to a petting zoo, ten acres of gardens, storybook sets and tons of other activities to delight the wee little people in your life.
- Up for a little window shopping or browsing? Head on over to Rockridge to pop into a few of the boutiques. Maybe grab some fresh produce, the catch of the day, a bottle of wine and a floral arrangement at Market Hall to prepare a cozy dinner at home. The charming commercial district is less than two miles away.
- Better yet, how about reservations at a Michelin-starred restaurant? Have you tried Commis? The pre-fixe tasting menu changes daily. The best part is you don’t have to worry about having a designated driver to partake in Commis’s fabulous cocktail menu because the restaurant is within walking distance.
- Don’t want a multi-course tasting menu. No worries, Piedmont Avenue’s got you. There’s plenty of restaurants here to please even the most finicky of appetites. The Wolf, Pomet, Shimizu, Geta and Dona just to name a few.
- Looking for something a little more casual and lot less heavy on your pocketbook, check out Bakesale Betty’s fried chicken sandwich, slathered in spicy slaw. This Temescal hole-in-the-wall is legendary. People as far away as New York City stand in line for one of Betty’s delicious sandwiches.
- Speaking of Temescal, there’s a lot to enjoy here. It’s one of the oldest neighborhoods in North Oakland and has a hipster vibe with dive bars and cutting-edge eateries. Don’t miss Temescal Alley for ice cream and to peruse the shops.
- Stock up on groceries. Piedmont Avenue is home to the beloved Piedmont Grocery Company, offering a full array of organic produce, gourmet cheeses and even an old-fashion butcher and seafood counter. And Trader Joes and Whole Foods are all only minutes away.
- Love your commute. Public transit abounds with Rockridge BART only 1.2 miles away and the 19th Street BART station 1.8 miles away. And it’s only a five-minute drive to Interstate 580 or CA-13.