An Elegant Upper Rockridge View Home

Five bedrooms, four bathrooms and gorgeous San Francisco Bay views begin to detail this elegant Upper Rockridge home.

The street-side exterior bespeaks of a 40’s era Traditional, swanky for the time and very welcoming.  The owners have brought their personal touches and recently accentuated the views, offering a more modern way of life.

The main living level now boasts an eat-in kitchen/family room, open on either end for endless entertaining possibilities:  To the East, a courtyard for al fresco dining and play; to the West, panel doors open the wall up to an expansive view deck overlooking the rear yard, gardens and City.  Custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, Thermador range and a peninsula into the dining/family room to grab a quick bite or do homework.  Around the corner, the formal living room is a relaxing space with fireplace and views of the Bay.  Sunsets bring a warm glow into this room.  A renovated bathroom and bedroom are tucked aside, great for an au-pair or guests.  Random-width, random-plank hardwood floors throughout this floor.

Upstairs, the views just get better for the three bedrooms and two full baths.  Two bedrooms sit on one side of the house, each with built-ins:  The front bedroom has French doors to a sweet street-side balcony, while the rear bedroom enjoys a cozy window-seat with Bay views.  They share a full bath, renovated and bright.  The master bedroom suite includes his/her closets, built-ins and a custom Elfa walk-in closet, a private balcony with Bay views, and a sophisticated, reimagined bathroom with views of Mt. Tam.  Radiant heated floors in the bathrooms, and skylights for added natural light.

Check out the climbing wall that leads to the massive, renovated attic room!  Spanning the width of the house, this room has been enclosed, carpeted, and makes for the coolest playroom, yoga studio or gym.

Oh, but there’s more!

Views abound from the lower level guest suite, too!  A cottagey one-bedroom, one-bathroom suite, with living room, fireplace, kitchenette and private balcony surprises most everyone who comes to this house.  With a separate entrance and stairs to the back yard and gardens, this special floor also shares interior access to the main house, making it perfect for an au-pair, guests or extended family.

Pies and cobblers and turnovers – yum!  The most prolific apple tree grows on the side of the yard, opposite the lemon, lime, pear and plum trees.  Organic raised beds seem tucked away, next to the terraced gardens, grassy yard and brick patio.  Indoor/outdoor living…definitely.

Custom renovations throughout the home meld modern conveniences with traditional architectural style.  Breathtaking tile from Walker Zanger and Ann Sacks.  Radiant heat in the bathroom floors and an on-demand water heater.  Soundproofed ceilings in the lower level guest bedroom (peace and quiet!).  Solar panels on the new roof lower the energy bills while being kind to our environment, as does the 220-volt wiring in the 2-car garage, nearly ready for an electric car. 

Conveniently located near Hillcrest and CPS schools, College Avenue shopping and restaurants, Rockridge BART, Lake Temescal, Montclair Village and all the Bay Area has to offer.  Location, views, style and convenience make 5247 Harbord Drive the perfect place to call home.


Open Houses:
Sunday, November 3, 2-4:30pm

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Thursday, October 31, 10-1:00pm


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Oakland’s Upper Rockridge is tucked away above Broadway Avenue and boasts some of the city’s most luxurious homes. You’ll find older, Mediterranean-style estates, midcentury modern homes, contemporary houses and newer, custom showplaces. Terraced gardens, sustainable plantings, stunning views of the Bay and San Francisco skyline, and roads that follow the rolling hills all define this affluent Oakland community. There is no question why this is one of the Bay Area’s most desirable neighborhoods.

Upper Rockridge truly comprises the best of what Oakland has to offer but maintains its small, community feel. While still within walking distance to the boutiques and restaurants of Rockridge and the vitality of Berkeley’s College Avenue, there is an astonishing sense of privacy. Tree-lined streets with historical homes provide the setting for a commuter’s paradise. Upper Rockridge has a nearby BART station in Rockridge, which is the epicenter for commuting to Walnut Creek, San Francisco or Silicon Valley.



Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood consists of a nice mix of residential and commercial areas.  It hosts a bevy of restaurants, specialty shops, and boutiques that continue to attract families, hipsters, college students and young professionals.

Just south of Berkeley, the area is home to many families who enjoy the charming houses and tree-lined streets while still being close to its vibrant commercial district, and convenient transportation. There are relatively large homes built in the early 1900’s, as well as historic, small bungalows and cottages. Rockridge attracts many young families due to the award-winning schools. In 2012 Chabot Elementary School earned a state Academic Performance Index score of 952 out of 1,000. There are also several private school options nearby, including the Bentley School (K-12), Park Day School (K-8), and The College Preparatory School (high school).

Young professionals appreciate the proximity to BART and the energetic atmosphere. You can’t mention Rockridge without acknowledging Zachary’s Chicago Pizza, a true Oakland mainstay. The neighborhood is also home to many gourmet restaurants, bars and specialty shops such as Wood Tavern, Oliveto, and Market Hall.

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Adele Gillis

Realtor®Highland PartnersDRE# 01293971510.428.0900 office510.332.5780

MLS: 40882027