The Buzz Over a $4.3M Oakland Hillside Home with Sunset Views of San Francisco
For a whopping $4.3 million, homebuyers can move into one of the most beautiful homes on the market in Oakland, California. At this contemporary hillside residence, you can watch the sun go down over San Francisco from the backyard – an oasis in and of itself.
“It is rare to find a home that was so thoughtfully designed and incorporates the natural setting so seamlessly into a contemporary home,” Maria Cavallo-Merrion of Compass, co-listing agent with Anita Becker, told the Sacramento Bee in an email.
The custom-built residence at 5728 Balmoral Drive sits above the Oakland skyline on an almost flat .83-acre lot at the top of a shared driveway. Aside from the stunning views of San Francisco, Mount Diablo and Mount Tamalpais can also be seen. Built in 2017, the retreat is 5,317 square feet, with four bedrooms and four full bathrooms.
Compass real estate agent Carla Buffington who commissioned and lived in the home is the seller.
“The home’s contemporary design is complemented with rustic character -- including a unique combination of stucco, wood, and brick siding -- to give it warmth and charm,” the property listing states. From a front courtyard, the home is entered through a large pivot front door. An entrance hall — a museum-style room that contains gallery shelves with steel and glass doors, cedar-lined ceilings and high transom windows — takes residents all the way into the backyard, where a 10-foot stone Buddha statue sits.
The one-level home brings indoor/outdoor living together with an open floor plan — “an ideal tableau for entertaining,” the listing states. A living room with large windows offers views of the San Francisco Bay. Fleetwood sliding doors stack to open to the backyard and outdoor dining areas. There’s also a lap pool, sitting areas and fire pit. While dramatic light fixtures illuminate the dining room table, a built-in bar features stainless countertops, a sink and a second dishwasher. Around the corner, there’s a 750-bottle temperature-controlled wine cellar.
The gourmet kitchen offers sweeping views of Mount Diablo. Custom-made European white oak hardwood flooring, high cedar-lined ceilings with recessed lighting and multiple skylights are some of the luxurious touches found throughout the home. The residence has a double-wall, sound-proof home theater and TV room with a large Stewart projection screen, a Sony projector and custom video/sound and Anthem equipment.
The primary bedroom suite is at the other side of the home from the other bedrooms. A short hallway leads to the spa-inspired bathroom with heated flooring. From an extra-large bath tub, views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate can be enjoyed. The primary bedroom also has its own balcony with views. The house is surrounded by large, mature trees and shrubs, fig and citrus trees, ornamental plants, several succulents and colorful flowers.
There have been 2,062 home sales reported in the Inner East Bay market (Oakland/Piedmont to Richmond/El Cerrito) over the last six months, according to Patrick Carlisle, chief market analyst for Compass. Of those, eight homes sold for over $4 million. There is only one listing that is more expensive, at $5.4 million, than the Balmoral Drive home.
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