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Oakland Mediterranean, practically perfect, asks $649K

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How to do a remodel right

Photos courtesy of Bryan and Stephanie Mazzarello

While some recent residential renovations are nothing short of dreadful—no need to single one out; the Bay Area has many disasters from which to choose—a few get it just right. Take, for example, this circa-1939 Mediterranean in Oakland.

“We remodeled and restored our Mediterranean split-level bungalow, careful to [preserve] its unique design features,” said Bryan Mazzarello, who, along with his wife, Stephanie, spent the last four and a half years sprucing up their home. The final result involves neither an open floorplan nor a single antiseptic-looking wall.

Seismically retrofitted in 2016, the house at 3015 55th Avenue comes with two bedrooms, one and a half baths, and 1,687 square feet.

Bringing to mind Mediterranean Revival homes in Los Angeles, it still features period details like curved recessed ceilings, built-ins, a floor-to-ceiling picture window, a wood-burning fireplace, and original hardwood flooring.

There’s also a formal dining room, a breakfast nook, and a detached studio in the yard. A brick fireplace, which doubles as a grill, punctuates what is an ideal entertaining area.

Asking is $649,000.

Entryway with classic doorbell chimes.
Living room.
Breakfast nook that’s practically its own room.
Formal dining room just off the staircase.
Master bedroom.
Updated bathroom.
Detached studio space in the rear.