545 Jean Street, Oakland CA
545 Jean Street, Oakland CA

House (Sold)

Ideally situated on a lovely block of Jean Street, this gorgeous and inviting 1914 bungalow incorporates all best and most successful elements of the classic Craftsman aesthetic.  With its low-pitched side gabled roof, dormer windows, generous overhanging eves, exposed rafters and beams, wood shingles, wide front porch, and exposed rafters, joists and beams, every inch feels artistically constructed by hand from natural materials with the purpose of creating a warm, welcoming and peaceful home that has the power to nurture and sustain family, friends and the community.

Just a few blocks from Oakland’s Rose Garden, and easy walking distance to Lake Merritt, Lakeside Park, Grand Lake theater, Piedmont Ave, and the wonderful Saturday Farmer’s Market, and a profusion of new, high quality shops and restaurants on Grand and Lakeshore, including Camino, Boot & Shoe, Penrose, Ordinare, the Alchemy Bottle Shop, Whole Foods, Dopo, and so much more. 

The Grand Lake neighborhood is quickly becoming one of the liveliest and most desirable areas of Oakland.

545 Jean Street’s features include:

  • 3 bedrooms, 1 ½ baths
  • Huge partially finished basement and large studio with garden access and separate entrance
  • Original built-in woodwork: cabinets, bookcases, shelving, storage, window seats, benches, box-beam ceilings, hardwood floors, wall paneling
  • Central working fireplace, a focal point for socializing or relaxing
  • Numerous original windows for spectacular, year round natural light
  • Designer colors and harmonious wood tones- warm, cozy, welcoming
  • Huge, private garden oasis with productive raised vegetable beds
  • Fig, lemon, apple, pomegranate, and kumquat trees.
  • Ideal indoor/outdoor flow
  • Large, comfortable decks and patios
  • Verdant front landscape of rare trees and shrubs, flowers, and succulents

Designed and built in 1927 by pioneering developer and architect William G. Needham as his personal residence, this gorgeous and unique Tudor revival style home  served as both calling card  and showcase of his skill and craftsmanship. Needham & Needham, with offices on Shattuck Ave, was instrumental in the early development of Berkeley from roughly 1907 on. A number of historic building of his design still stand, most notably the Needham- Obata building at 2525 Telegraph Avenue. Owned by the same family since 1966, this one of a kind home is now available for the first time in over 48 years. Spectacular, personal, eccentric and lovely, this special home awaits a new owner with the vision to restore, renovate, and revive this amazing property. 

Close inspection reveals a rich selection of original detail, including custom doors and door latches, wrought iron work, banisters,  rustic stone work, half timbering, and much more. From the  rough hewn beams,original sconces, tile work,  curved plaster walls, the unique garage, the “shower closets”, fireplaces, built ins, and more, each detail of the home seems custom designed. Family legend says that the front steps are made with flagstones repurposed from the original pavers of Shattuck Avenue. 

  • 4 + bedrooms
  • Charming finished attic with working 1/4 bath
  • Numerous en suite showers and baths
  • Studio apartment/au pair/office with separate entrance. 
  • Large private yard
  • Unusually situated  triangular lot, affording a unique sense of privacy and separation from neighbors
  • Lovely bay views
  • countless irreplaceable and unique details, including sconces, bannisters,  and windows 
  • Two stone fireplaces
  • One of North Berkeley’s most coveted and convenient locations

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