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Oakland home built by architect couple asks $699K

Circa 1910 carriage house now comes with sky terrace and cathedral ceilings

Photos by Open Homes Photography, courtesy of David Valdez, Pacific Union

A renovated 1910 carriage house on Peabody Lane in North Oakland landed on the market last week. This contemporary number, located at 1180 Ocean, is a refreshing break from countless contemporary homes saddled with listless antiseptic interiors and open-floor plans.

Architect David Pultz purchased the three-room cottage on the Emeryville border 24 years ago for $60,000. Over the last two decades, the house, located in a onetime industrial area, has transformed into a thoughtful abode crafted over time by Pultz and his partner.

“I designed and rebuilt the house myself when i was still single around 1998-2000, but my wife Terese who studied architecture at Cal and I have continued to work on it over the years together, especially the yard which was mostly done after we were married and has been a passion project of hers,” Pultz tells Curbed SF.

Today its configuration consists of a lower level with two bedrooms and a split bath. The three rooms of the original cottage have been joined into a single living room with a cathedral ceiling and Marvin French doors with a deck overlooking a garden below.

As the ad points out, “Because the gabled ends of the cathedral ceiling are glazed, this room gets light from all four sides so it is always bright and cheerful.” There’s also a “sky terrace” above the stair tower. Lovely.

Asking is $699,000.