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Welcome to this spacious and versatile 4-bedroom 4.5 bath home at 5617 La Salle Avenue in Oakland conveniently located between Montclair Village and the City of Piedmont.
The ~3682 sq ft home is surrounded by a beautifully maintained garden with brick walking paths in the front and a hard-to-find large level backyard on a near ¼ acre lot. Planted gardens, rose arbors, fruit trees and grassy areas create a park-like setting in your own back yard.
Upon entering the home from the covered front porch the spacious foyer area has wonderfully patinaed wood floors with a large living room on the left. There is a convenient guest powder room off the foyer. The dramatic living room has been updated with a new hardwood floor and features lots of natural light with French doors leading to a recently rejuvenated wood deck. There is great indoor/outdoor flow from this space to the backyard areas.
This main level continues with a lovely sitting room/den with built-in cabinets and a fireplace leading into the updated kitchen with plentiful storage, stone counters, a center island, stainless steel Sub Zero refrigerator and Wolf range as well a custom-designed Vent-A-Hood. This space is wonderful and includes a sit-in area and an adjacent laundry room with more storage.
Across the hall is a large formal dining room with French Door indoor/outdoor access to the large deck and backyard. Continuing down the hall with coved ceilings and fresh paint, this main level features two bedroom suites each with a full bath. There are multiple options for home offices, large or small!
The lower level is accessed via the kitchen and leads to a large storage room with storage cabinets and work space plus a self-contained guest/living area with a bedroom/bathroom, sitting area, and kitchen. Down a hallway leads to another bedroom/full bathroom and a very large rumpus room with fireplace and exterior access. There is a detached garage and an additional parking area.
A major feature and benefit this home provides are the solar roof panels and two Tesla Power Walls.
Tucked away in the wooded hills and winding streets above Oakland, Montclair is a small community with an appealing central shopping district. Sizable custom homes, along with a mix of Mediterranean, Craftsman, and contemporary-style homes are situated on forested lots, offering an elegant retreat from the city.
The Montclair Business District is a throwback to a simpler time before strip malls, megamalls, and big-box stores. Residents can find everything they need, from dry cleaning and groceries to restaurants. Local restaurant favorites include the Montclair Egg Shop, Flipper’s Gourmet Burgers, and Crogan’s Montclair Restaurant. Gourmet specialty items are available at Le Bonbon, and Farmstead Wine and Cheese. A farmers market on Sundays provides fresh local produce and baked goods.
Montclair is home to fine-arts festivals throughout the year and a jazz festival in the late summer that enlivens the street scene.