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About the House

Special Opportunity--Price Reduction! 

Combine Bay views from the two upper floors, great historic architecture, the classic "kitchen/family room/access to a big backyard" layout, six bedrooms and three and a half baths, great East Bay light, easy access to everything, and recent systems updates, and you have 106 Mesa Avenue, at the heart of the prized Golden Rectangle neighborhood.

A Heritage Home, yet Updated

James Barker built 106 Mesa and 110 Mesa as Piedmont was organizing as a city, according to Cottages and Castles. The Colonial Revival home with three story high banksia rose offers fine architectural details and handcrafted elements—a variety of ornate windows, Bay windows, plate rail, quarter-sawn oak, gorgeous hardwood floors, and decorative dentils. An architect-owner thoughtfully expanded and upgraded the home in the early '90s, adding a family room and a home office area opening to the large backyard, walk-in closet, balconies perfect for relaxing, and open-plan kitchen. Imagine entertaining friends on the expansive rear deck! The best of both worlds—A rare “Centennial” home with a contemporary layout.

The Systems are Go!

The current owners have upgraded through their ownership, including roof (2018), furnace (2018), hot water heater (2016), front porch replacement, rear retaining wall replacement, sewer lateral replacement, and more (see Improvements). The previous owner made significant foundation and seismic upgrades, and plumbing and electrical upgrades as part of the early '90s home expansion and renovation effort. All this brings great peace of mind.

The Perfect Piedmont Location--

The Golden Rectangle is highly valued for good reason. Yes, it is a short distance from schools, after-school care, pool, tennis courts, and emergency services. But the big win is traffic—you drive on these six blocks only if you live here. Combine flat streets and few cars and no wonder there are so many basketball standards and young bicyclists on the streets.

Moreover, it's just 21 minutes by foot to Fenton's Creamery and Piedmont Avenue shopping. Commutes to the City are easy whether by casual carpool or WiFi-equipped express bus. And SFO and OAK are “QED.”

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Improvements


List of Improvements

106 Mesa Avenue, Piedmont

(Eco-friendly improvements in italics)

-Home extended and remodeled; project finaled in the early ‘90s.  Designed by George Miers, owner/architect.  Significant systems upgrades (foundation, seismic, plumbing, electrical, etc.) completed.

-Rear storage shed constructed on the foundation of a previous structure, in 1995.

-Sewer lateral replaced, Harry Clark, 2002.

-Retaining wall at the rear engineered and replaced and fence above added, with appropriate drainage, 2005.

-Kitchen range, dishwasher and overhead ventilation fan replaced about 2005.

-Rear deck replaced with Trex about 2005.

-Oven replaced, about 2014.

-Front steps replaced, about 2014.

-Hot water heater installed, Albert Nahmen, 2016(?).

-Water wise plantings and rainfall-driven irrigation installed, north fence replaced, 2018.

-Roof replaced and upper decks resurfaced, Elliott and Elliott, summer, 2018.

-Two-stage furnace and programmable thermostat installed, Atlas Heating, December, 2018.

-Home interior repainted with low-VOC paints, Arana Craftsman, March, 2019.

-Floor in SW bedroom and powder room refinished, Le's Golden Floors, March, 2019.

-All carpets replaced, Straus Carpets, March, 2019.

-South fence replaced, April, 2019.

Over the course of ownership, old sump pump replaced with a gravity drain, and basement drainage improvements completed. The home exterior has been painted, with regular maintenance at front and back.  Three of the four toilets upgraded to low-flow.



From Sellers


What We Loved about

106 Mesa Avenue

--Raising our children in Piedmont in a child friendly neighborhood with multiple families nearby.

--Walking the kids to school when they were young. Not driving them to school when they were older.

--Peeking at the Bay and SF while working at a desk upstairs in the afternoon sunshine.

--Watching the back garden bloom in the spring while eating breakfast.

--The open feel of the kitchen to the outdoors.

--Cooking indoors and out.

--Hosting dinners for friends and family on the back deck.

--The architectural details.

--The play of light through the house.

--The tree-lined street with beautiful fall foliage.

--The level street with low traffic volume. Over the years there has almost always been a basketball hoop somewhere on the block, allowing children to play catch, tag, hide-and-seek; practice bike riding and skate boarding.



Neighborhood


Piedmont, a two-square-mile city within the borders of Oakland, was incorporated in 1907 and was known then as “The City of Millionaires” because there were more millionaires per square mile residing there than in any other U.S. city. Today, their large, estate-like homes are still standing in the heart of Piedmont, reminding residents of its glitzy past.

Homes in Piedmont range from those estate-like homes in central Piedmont with expansive grounds to more modest homes on the edges of town. Well-manicured landscapes prevail and the city’s stringent permitting guidelines ensure all of the homes maintain their original flavor.

Many are drawn to Piedmont by the town's excellent public schools.  In fact, this was a major reason San Francisco magazine named Piedmont its "Best Place to Raise Kids" in 2005.

The commercial area of town is small, featuring several banks and one gas station. Mulberry’s Market, a specialty food store with ready-made meals, caters to gourmet taste buds and is the frequent morning coffee stop for parents and an after-school hot spot for kids.

Piedmont’s proximity to Oakland’s many big-city amenities ensures Piedmonters will not miss out on the latest restaurants or first-run movies. The sense of community is strong, as witnessed by the large turnout for the annual Fourth of July parade that proceeds each year down Highland Avenue.

The Piedmont Recreation Department offers a huge array of classes, camps, swimming lessons and more at the town's pool,  and before- and after-school care at the school sites. Community Center it is the frequent setting for community events and parties. The beautiful grounds provide a wonderful place to hang out and play, and the wooded trail connecting the Center to the high school is the best place to take your dog to play.

A casual carpool zone on Oakland Avenue, along with proximity to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District buses, offer workers convenient commute options. Pride in community involvement and village living are just a few of the reasons people love to live in Piedmont.

Click here for more info about the Piedmont Unified School District.

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Click here for more info about camps, after school care, and special events at "The Rec."



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