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EXPANSIVE OAK CENTER HOME
Reflecting the grandeur and colorful history of old West Oakland, this Colonial Revival, also known as the Wansner (Wilhelm) house, is sited on an exceptional gated corner lot in the "Oak Center Historic District". Boasting period details including cove ceilings, decorative brick fire place in the living room, built in display case and hardwood floors, the modern updated kitchen, and bathrooms provide for contemporary comforts. Externally, the expansive deck with retractable canopies provide for intimate private affairs or open air events. As well, it serves as a great viewing venue for local events. Making your way from the deck to the exquisite level side garden, requires a stroll along the coble stone paved path adjacent to the newer constructed expansive 2 car garage. Close to BART, FWY access, transportation, Uptown, Downtown, Fox Theater, Defermery Park, public shared bikes and restaurants.
Detached Single Family Three Level Home
3 Bedrooms 2Full/1Half Bathrooms
Classic Colonial Revival
Year Built 1908
1412 Interior Sq. Ft. (as per tax records)
2101 Interior Sq. Ft. (as per graphic artist), Upper Level 728 Sq.Ft, Main Level 816 Sq. Ft., and Lower Level 557 Sq. Ft. (NOTE: Lower Level Remodel Completed Without Benefit of Permit).
1189 Exterior Non-Living Sq. Ft (as per graphic artist), Patio Deck 568 Sq. Ft. and Garage 621 Sq. Ft.
3,880 Sq. Ft. Lot (as per tax records)
Large 2 Car Garage
Large Level Side Yard / Garden
Hardwood Floors and Period Details Intact
NOTE: Bedrooms, Living, Dining, and Family Rooms Digitally Staged Photos.
West Oakland is the small, northwestern pocket of Oakland situated north of Alameda and south of Emeryville. It has a population of approximately 32,000 and is home mainly to working-class families, artists, and activists.
West Oakland was the terminus of The Transcontinental Railroad, which was completed toward the end of the 1800s. As a result, the area became home to many Black Americans who were employed by the Pullman Palace Car Company, and others who were now able to move with the help of the newly-completed railroad. In the early 1900s, Latinos (mainly Mexicans, Cubans, and Puerto Ricans) began moving to West Oakland while fleeing the Mexican Revolution.
The Black Panther Party set up their headquarters in West Oakland in the 60s at 7th and Peralta. For the better part of two decades, the group helped provide free breakfast and lunch for local children, free health clinics, and even sickle cell anemia testing. Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, T-Bone Walker, Big Mama Thornton, and Al Green all performed along the strip on 7th Street. The exploding Blues scene helped the neighborhood earn the nickname "Harlem of the West." Music, art, and grassroots activism all have a strong hold in the area, even to this day.
Popular restaurants in the area include 10th and Wood (comfort food with a modern twist), Soba Ichi (Japanese cuisine featuring incredible soba noodles) and the 7th West bar. For the thrill-seekers, The Crucible offers industrial art classes including blacksmithing, glassblowing, ceramics, and more. The Kinetic Arts Center fitness & circus arts community for those who want to stay fit with a little more excitement than normal gyms can typically offer.
In addition to the rich history found in West Oakland, one of the best parts of living in the neighborhood are the incredible views of downtown San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay. Residents are also privy to excellent transportation choices including BART, the Bay Bridge, and convenient freeway access (880, 980, 580, and 80) which makes commuting a breeze.