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.
- 3015 55th Avenue [Anita Becker and Maria Cavallo-Merrion, Compass]