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Rare storybook home in Normandy Gardens asks $799K

Oakland mini-castle sits on famed Picardy Drive

Exterior with turret in between pitched roofs.
Photos by Open Homes Photography, courtesy of the Lederer Team and Red Oak Realty.

Designed by architect R.C. Hillen, the 70 homes that make up the small Oakland neighborhood known as Normandy Gardens, which feature “modest mansions” with a pastiche of English, French, and Normandy architecture, is an ideal area for those who lean on the side of cheer and frivolity. After all, it’s famous for unbridled Christmastime lighting merriment.

Today a home inside the enclave lands on the market, a four-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom storybook home at 5875 Picardy. While the exterior maintains the home’s original circa-1926 whimsy—the turret is especially noteworthy, hence the home’s mini-castle look—the property has been updated with new kitchen and bathrooms.

The home also comes with an attic loft space, as well as an in-law suite in the back.

It’s asking $799,000 with the Lederer Team and Red Oak Realty.

Living room with beams.
A quiet area next to the living room.
Remodeled kitchen gives the 1920s home a contemporary vibe.
Formal dining room with built-ins.
The family room.
Patio area.
Rear garden with detached in-law.