5326 James Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618
5326 James Avenue is the perfect Rockridge escape. This sweet two bed, one bath Craftsman-style bungalow is tucked down a tree-lined street but has a special surprise. Located just moments from College Avenue shops and eateries, this detached cottage features all the charm and luxuries one would expect. But in the garden, is an unexpected Bali inspired dream pavilion. This beautiful structure features skylights and glass walls, a spa-like full bath, and a wrap-around porch making it a dream office, yoga studio, or whatever-you-need space. The home welcomes you via the large front porch and entryway. To the right is the living room, with shuttered windows for privacy and light control, an intimate fireplace, and walnut-inlay hardwood floors. On the opposite side is a formal dining room with period accents throughout, including built-ins and a stunning stained-glass chandelier. Leading easily into the kitchen, the space was fully modernized with quartz countertops, shaker style cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances. A large center island, and pantry offer plenty of space for food storage and meal preparation. The kitchen enjoys access out to the patio and backyard, with plenty of options for dining al fresco. A center hallway connects the two comfortably sized bedrooms, one with a custom built-in cabinet and desk unit, the other with a multitude of windows looking out to the garden. The hall bath has been updated with a floating vanity, Toto toilet, and a glass enclosed shower-over-tub. The detached pavilion is surrounded on two sides by a stylish covered porch. With a profuse amount of glass, heated concrete floors, and wooden beamed skylit ceilings, the space feels airy and relaxing. The full wet room style bath continues the theme with a floating quartz vanity, plank flooring, and shower. Stylish and easy to maintain, the garden is tranquil with its large dining area, stone patio and path leading to the driveway. This home combines sought-after period touches with thoughtful renovations to create the perfect marriage of charm and modern style. Situated in the trendiest of locations, close to BART, freeways, and amenities galore, 5236 James is an undeniably special find.