Home of the Week: Oakland Masterpiece Has Old World Charm in a California Landscape

8 Marr Ave., Oakland

Few homes can match the wealth of architectural details present at every turn inside 8 Marr Ave.

“Whimsical” might not be the best word to describe the home at 8 Marr Ave. in Oakland, but it’s not a bad start.

“Charming” doesn’t begin to do it justice. “Extraordinary” works, but it’s more than that.

At once magnificent and unpretentious, commanding and casual, expansive and intimate, the home combines Old World design with a native California landscape and spectacular Bay views.

The home dates to 1935 and sits on a wooded promontory on the Piedmont side of Montclair. Built around a large interior courtyard, it includes eight bedrooms, five-plus bathrooms, a library, rumpus room, guest suite, and workshop.

A cathedral ceiling rises above the sunken living room, which offers easy access to an outdoor terrace. Graceful curves and arches frame niches, doors, and windows throughout the home, and period fixtures and custom cabinetry abound.

Outside, are leafy terraces and gardens, meandering pathways, and a level sport court on nearly two-thirds of an acre.

Additional information:

  • 14 rooms, 4,150 square feet
  • Four wood-burning fireplaces
  • Hardwood floors, tile, and carpeting
  • Attached garage and off-street parking

Offered at $2,900,000. Learn more about 8 Marr Ave., Oakland.

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