On an exclusive corner lot in Crocker Highlands, hidden from the street by verdant walls of greenery and lush landscaping, 1000 Verrada is an exquisite 3BD/2.5BA, 3232 sq ft Spanish Mediterranean with light-filled rooms and private gardens - an architecturally rich refuge from the world. With a sublime continuity of design honoring its European influences, the home enjoys a rare level of grace, craftsmanship, and intricate detailing, featuring a terra cotta tile roof, soaring ceilings, elegant archways, custom tile floors, and delicately frescoed columns.
Lovingly maintained over 38 years by the current owners, the home retains many of its original sumptuous details including hardwood floors, artisan ironwork, Juliet balconies, and intricate crown moldings. The home enjoys a circular floor plan perfect for entertaining and includes a formal living room (with floor-to-ceiling windows and stately fireplace), regal formal dining room, spacious cook’s kitchen, and cheerful breakfast room. An exquisite sunroom/solarium will tempt you to while away hours enjoying the backyard fountain through its elegant bay window. Upstairs, the light-filled primary suite features a walk-in closet/dressing room and a glass door opens onto the tiled balcony - a lovely spot overlooking the front garden. The adjoining bath features vintage tile work, tub, and walk-in shower. Two additional bedrooms share a full bath with original tile and shower over tub.
The foyer is a dramatic space with high beamed ceilings, ornamental arches, frescoed pillars, and the faint musical sound of a fountain in the distance. Through an arched doorway, the gracious living room is anchored by a stone fireplace flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows and charming wrought iron Juliet balconies. Through ornamental wrought iron gates, a gorgeous sunroom/solarium with a decorative artisan tile floor is enclosed by a series of angled floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the rear garden - a peaceful spot filled with birdsong and the waterfall sound of the fountain tucked beneath leafy trees.
On the other side of the foyer, tall French doors set into an arched doorway open onto the sun-washed formal dining room, where a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the front garden. A convenient swing door opens to reveal the large cook’s kitchen with a breakfast bar, abundant storage including a built-in hutch, and a 6-burner Wolf cooktop nestled in a charming brick-faced alcove. The kitchen also includes built-in double ovens and a walk-in pantry large enough to store nearly everything a well-stocked kitchen could require.
Beyond the kitchen, a sunny breakfast room is an ideal spot for a relaxed Sunday brunch, and a glass door, flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows, opens onto a tranquil brick patio shaded by mature trees. This cheerful room is thoughtfully designed to capture the morning light.
From the foyer, a gently curving staircase with gleaming wood banister and wrought iron spindles leads to the upper level. On the landing, an alcove is flanked by original linen cabinets, and a glass door opens onto a tiled balcony. Another original feature is the eminently practical laundry chute that empties into the basement laundry area.
Windows on three sides of the primary suite fill the room with natural light, and a glass door opens onto a tiled balcony - a lovely spot overlooking the front garden. The room includes two closets - one a walk-in closet and dressing room - for abundant storage. The adjoining bath features original tile work, tub, and a walk-in shower. A second bedroom also has access to the front balcony, and the third bedroom overlooks the rear garden and might serve as a den or office. The two bedrooms share a full bath with original tile and shower over tub.
A hidden oasis, the rear garden is an idyllic place to relax surrounded by camellias, rhododendrons, and fragrant wisteria. A stone staircase leads from the lower patio up to a second seating area with copper beech trees and prolific lemon and fig trees.
Ideally located in the Crocker Highlands neighborhood of Oakland, the home is near Crocker Highlands Elementary as well as Lakeshore Avenue shops, restaurants, and weekly farmer’s market.
Detached 2-car garage and long driveway for tandem parking
Huge basement with laundry area, double utility sink, abundant storage, and crawl space for potential wine storage
Drip irrigation system with timer
Newer water heater (2020)
Owned alarm system and motion detector lights
Custom window screens
Sump pump with backup battery
Plumbed for air conditioning