Sold $1,550,000 SOLD (List: 1.495M) - Single Family Home
Drawing on a palette of old world elegance and modern materials and finishes, 4850 Proctor is a custom-built home designed with a European sensibility toward the beauty and balance of indoor and outdoor living. Three outdoor terraces look over the manicured, drought tolerant gardens and out to inspired views across the bay. Architectural details collected in antique markets across Europe adorn the interior surfaces and thresholds.
The home is located in Upper Rockridge, a prime neighborhood in the Oakland hills. It is served by Hillcrest school district, one of the city’s finest. You are only minutes away from the center of the Rockridge dining and shopping district and minutes from the finest hiking and bountiful nature in the East Bay Regional Park System. You can work up an appetite exploring the wonders of Redwood Regional Park or Sibley Volcanic Preserve and then in the evening can dine the highly rated Oliveto restaurant or get a famous pizza from the beloved Zachary’s. You can easily shop for staples at Trader Joe’s or for a more gourmet selection you can go to the European inspired Rockridge Market hall.
Highlights at a Glance:
• 3+ bedroom, 2.5 bath European-inspired custom-built home in Upper Rockridge
• Built in 1994
• 2,856 square feet
• Chef’s kitchen features a skylight, stone countertops, built-in wine racks, decorative tiling, large pantry, and state of the art appliances including: Liebherr refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, and Dynasty gas range
• Formal living room with high arched picture windows and French doors leading to a private terrace anchored by a wood-burning Ernest Batchelder fireplace
• Formal dining room
• Ground floor bedroom and bath
• Master suite featuring a private study, balcony with bay views, walk-in closet, spacious secondary closet, and master bath with jetted tub and bidet (master study has been designed to adapt to a fourth bedroom, if desired)
• Serene loggia at the rear of the home with a fountain at its center, tiled covered terrace with mature wisteria overhead
• Mediterranean climate-friendly garden surrounding the home features fruit trees (i.e. fig, orange, lemon), bougainvillea, rosemary, magnolia, and other wonderful specimens
• 2-car tandem garage (with fresh epoxy floor)
• Bonus room for media or storage off the garage
• Spacious utility/furnace room offers ample under-house storage in addition to the garage and bonus room
An enchanting Mediterranean garden surrounds the home, and the main brick path leads to the columns flanking the main entry. Along the way, garden paths off to the right and left invite you to slow down, and perhaps take a moment to explore the gardens. Down a small stair to a brick patio held within the garden walls. You can sit quietly and watch hummingbirds dance among the flowers and blossoms of the fruit trees. To the other direction you meander along a garden path to the back entrance of the home.
Once inside, you are immediately drawn to the formal living room with picture windows and French doors to a private terrace overlooking Mount Tam and the bay, all dramatically anchored by an elegant Ernest Batchelder fireplace with raised hearth, surrounding tile, and early 20th century custom-carved mantel. The details of this space set the tone for the architectural highlights that you will enjoy throughout the home: High ceilings, ample daylight, intimate spaces to gather and display art, seamless transitions to the outdoors, private views into the garden, and fixtures from around the world.
Across the entryway, a few steps up, to the chef’s kitchen, you’ll find an open beam ceiling with skylight filling the kitchen with light. Enjoy generous counter space, built-in wine racks, decorative Italian tiles, two separate sinks, stone countertops, and a large pantry to allow your culinary imagination to take flight. A seating area in the kitchen allows for casual dining or gathering while preparing a meal.
Next to the kitchen, with an open arched pass thru, is a formal dining room that creates an atmosphere for the merriment and conversation of any type of gathering. From family during the holiday to a friends and community sharing together, you will want to savor the space as much as the meal in front of you. This area features an ornamental hearth, filigree chandelier, bar alcove, and French doors leading to the loggia beyond.
Also included on this level are two bedrooms, a partial bath, and a full bath. The bedrooms feature access to either the front terrace or the back garden, and the full bath includes a standing spa shower with side railing.
Upstairs is dedicated to the master suite. The spacious bedroom area opens to its own private terrace with bay views. It is outfitted with a walk-in closet and large secondary closet, and master bath. The bath includes a jetted tub, standing shower, dual sinks, and a bidet.
Also on this floor is a study or media room with wide arched French doors leading to another private balcony. Vaulted ceilings with exposed beams expand the space, which includes a built-in media cabinet. This space was designed for possible conversion to a fourth bedroom. A laundry room is adjacent, including a washer, dryer, storage and sink.
On the lowest level of the home, you’ll find a two-car tandem garage, bonus room, and utility/furnace room with ample storage.
The loggia in the rear of the home is a special destination, with tranquil fountain at its center and wisteria growing overhead. When open to the interior, the privacy offered by the arbor and the sound of the fountain dissolve boundaries of inside and outside, and wash away any stress from life beyond this sanctuary. It feels like your own secret garden; for outdoor dining, late night conversation with after-dinner drinks, or quiet reflection. Indeed, the entire home enjoys a naturally peaceful, private ambiance: a refuge from the outside world.
With gorgeous gardens and harmonious interplay of indoor/outdoor living with lovely terraces throughout, 4850 Proctor is a European-inspired dream. The home is a perfect example of the vibrant surrounding neighborhood community of Upper Rockridge, composed of custom built homes and beautiful landscapes with the backdrop of the San Francisco Bay.
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