Location: Oakland, California
An embarrassment of midcentury riches comes this way, first with a house tour of a 684-square-foot home in Sea Ranch, California, and now a stunning residence on the market in Oakland, both designed by AIA Gold Medal architect Joseph Esherick.
Completed in 1963 for the Bermak family, the multi-level wood-framed home towers above a sloped site in Montclair Hills and frames breathtaking views of the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges. Almost treehouse like in its aesthetics, the 2,391-square-foot four-bedroom boasts a series of decks, balconies, walkways, cantilevers, and staircases that creates a dynamic space both inside and out.
A long ramp leads to the entrance, which opens on to an aerie-like living space with soaring ceilings, sliding glass expanses, wood-paneled walls and ceilings, clerestory windows, a Brutalist-style concrete hearth, and a floor-to-ceiling bookcase—all facing those aforementioned vistas. A dining nook and a large kitchen with breakfast nook that was recently sympathetically updated in keeping with the home’s original design. A bedroom and full bath are also located on this level.
Down a gorgeous staircase enclosed in a tower with double-height windows is the main bedroom level, where a huge master suite with an expanse of windows and its own concrete fireplace, a walk-in closet, and a full bath with glass walls holds court. An additional bedroom is located on this floor as well. Further down a level are another bedroom and bathroom, plus an area for storage.
Though the home appears to be in more or less original condition, bathrooms have been updated over the years and could use another refresh. As for the home’s outdoor spaces, balconies and decks offer ample outdoor living opportunities, while an external spiral staircase and decked pathways allow for seamless exploration of the grounds. Located on a half-acre at 5999 Grizzly Peak Boulevard, the special property is offered at $1.999 million.