1095 59th Street #1
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1BD/1BA | 825 sf | + Patio 637 sf (measured) | 1-car garage parking | extra storage | HOA dues $327/mo.
Here's a rare chance to own a real Bay Area showpiece: An updated live-work loft at the Oakland Firehouse, with its own garden! Once an actual 19th Century firehouse with stables, this character-filled building in the historic Golden Gate neighborhood was converted to 6 condos in the mid-'90's, when it received major structural upgrades.
Dramatic double-height ceilings with gracefully curving, dual pane wooden windows set against steel-reinforced brick will make you feel like you're living in your dream New York loft! This expansive, sun-drenched unit with southern and eastern exposures is a genuine urban oasis, with its own separate, gated yard, one of only two units in the building with outdoor space. The sunny garden has beautifully updated low-maintenance, modern landscaping, including glorious mature bougainvillea, succulents, rhododendron, a new decomposed granite seating area, and more interesting spaces in which to just hang out; so rare to get this indoor-outdoor experience in a loft!
The open plan living and working space has matte-finished maple floors and an office area with custom shelving, and a sliding glass door to the outside.
The updated kitchen has gorgeous new dove gray quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances including a gas range/oven and a new Bosch dishwasher, and updated European cabinets with fashionable new matte black hardware. The bath vanity also sports a new countertop and Grohe fixture.
The sexy lofted bedroom has chic cork floors, a generous closet and track lighting. A new, designer paint scheme rounds out this irresistible pad.
Plus! Two storage spaces, one in the unit and another separate locked storage area off of the hallway. And garage parking plus an informal tandem space in the driveway.
The condo is both sewer lateral and Oakland sidewalk-compliant.
HOA dues of $327/month cover: hazard insurance, water, garbage/recycling, common area maintenance, common utilities, management fee and reserves.
The Oakland Firehouse is located in the historic Golden Gate neighborhood of North Oakland on the Emeryville border—just blocks to Berkeley and minutes to downtown San Francisco—with a Walk Score of 93, a Walker's Paradise! (Click on the Neighborhood Gallery to read some fascinating local history.)
This loft's combination of location, style, amenities and character is truly a rare find!
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The Oakland Firehouse is located in the historic Golden Gate neighborhood of North Oakland on the Emeryville border—just blocks to Berkeley and minutes to downtown San Francisco—with a Walk Score of 93, a Walker's Paradise! Take the pooch down to the beautiful Emeryville Marina, shop interesting local stores along San Pablo Avenue or popular national chains at Bay Street Mall, choose one of the many international eateries at the Public Market, get a brew at Novel Brewing Co., and work it off at City Sports. Pixar Animation Studios are only 3/4 of a mile from here, Legendary Berkeley Bowl West is 1 mile, and The University of California, Berkeley is 2.5 miles away. The East Bay is all right here at your fingertips!
59th Street has some fascinating history. The original firehouse on this site was according to local historians built in 1895, and rebuilt in the early 1900's, before the 1906 Earthquake. Here's a link to how it looked back then, and another link, complete with horse-drawn fire engines. The firehouse's original DeRome Bell , fabricated by famed bronze sculptor Louis DeRome, was relocated in front of the nearby Golden Gate Branch of the Oakland Library. The De Rome foundry was located across the street on the site of the DeRome Mansion, built 1885, another local landmark which was recently sold. The mansion was bought within the decade by the Klinkner family who owned multiple properties here, which is why back then 59th Street was called Klinkner Avenue and the little neighborhood Klinknerville.
About 10 years ago some Realtors starting calling this area at the crossroads of North Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville "NOBE", but locals prefer the original Golden Gate, and since we respect history, that's what we're going with here! Call it what you wish, this is a sweet spot that's as far from cookie-cutter as you can get. :)