2048 12th Avenue
This 1900 Victorian gem evokes the grace and beauty of another era, but has also been thoughtfully updated with modern comforts. On a corner lot in a neighborhood dotted with historical houses (nearby landmarked residences include the Ellen Kenna House across the street and the Valentine Mansion down the street), it is set high off the street and at the top of a grand set of steps. The front yard is handsomely landscaped with native plants, a pretty palm and a stately redwood tree. The striking color palette smartly highlights the decorative trim work and architectural details at the entrance.
Inside the foyer, hardwood floors, soaring high ceilings, crown moldings and the original ceiling medallions imbue a sense of elegance and grace. The tall windows in the living room frame the view of the garden and bring in lots of light. Pocket doors separate this room from a spacious dining room, with an ornate marble fireplace and grand windows. Two bedrooms downstairs share a beautiful vintage-style bathroom, with an original stained glass window. The large bedrooms have pretty outlooks through the oversized windows.
A family room at the back of the house works perfectly as a comfortable media space. The big and bright kitchen has been recently updated and is sure to delight all types of cooks: a stainless steel farmhouse sink and stainless appliances, a quartz-topped island with a second sink, hanging schoolhouse lights and French doors leading to the back deck make this kitchen the heart of this home. The deck accesses the lush, grassy back yard, which is a quiet and private space ideal for entertaining and general play.
Upstairs is another surprise - under angled ceilings with multiple skylights is an inviting suite that includes two bedrooms, a lovely classic-style full bathroom and an open, light-filled sitting room. The master bedroom has two enormous walk-in closets. The bonus bedroom could easily be used as a guest room, nursery or home office.
The basement level is huge, and has laundry hookups and lots of room for storage or a workshop.
The location is just right; Clinton is an exciting and emerging Eastlake neighborhood - close to everything, quiet at night and genuinely a mixture of all lifestyles and architecture - with turn of the century Victorian homes nestled among Craftsman and modern houses. Sunny all the time, it is a quick trip to Lake Merritt, the Farmers' Market and the excellent shopping at Lakeshore, is near to the delights of Park Boulevard, and is home to several excellent neighborhood restaurants. Easy freeway access and ready public transportation makes commuting a breeze.
This home carries the elegance of another time into modern day living with style and grace.