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Prominently situated and standing tall, a beautiful 1890 Victorian Era West Oakland gem is awaiting its next steward. As you pull up to the home, you’ll immediately notice the home’s impressive stature and smart front landscaping with an adorable seating area. Open the motorized gate to enter the property and you’ll find a long driveway, suitable for parking multiple vehicles. Outside, you’ll notice a mix of drought tolerant and California native landscaping, and adorable seating areas in the front & backyards.
Through the front door, a grand stairway and foyer area give way to the parlor and formal dining area. Soaring ceilings give off a distinctly Victorian feel. Walk past the guest room/office and into the remodeled kitchen, which contains a huge pantry and sweet space that flows to the deck. This space can easily be closed off to create an additional home office or gym, or it could remain open and serve a dining nook that overlooks the gorgeous back deck and spacious yard. A full bathroom and laundry zone complete the first level.
Travel up the dramatic stairway at the front of the house and you’ll find a remodeled bathroom and three light-filled bedrooms, each with original hardwood floors and generous closet space. This home has tons of character given its age and a new owner will surely find plenty of opportunities to add even more.
Perhaps the biggest draw is the ultra-convenient location. West Oakland BART, the Bay Bridge, Uptown Oakland, 580/880/80/24, restaurants and shopping, including 10th & Wood and many others, are all either walkable or accessible within minutes.
Another huge perk of this home is that it is eligible for the Eagle Community Loan for qualified buyers. This is a great opportunity to lock in an interest rate BELOW 4%, during times when they are soaring past 6-7% in some cases. Please inquire for more details.
Soaring interest rates have given many buyers pause, but 878 Wood Street is eligible for the Eagle Community Hombuyer loan, which has rates as low as 3.51% for qualified buyers.
West Oakland is the small, northwestern pocket of Oakland situated north of Alameda and south of Emeryville. It has a population of approximately 32,000 and is home mainly to working-class families, artists, and activists.
West Oakland was the terminus of The Transcontinental Railroad, which was completed toward the end of the 1800s. As a result, the area became home to many Black Americans who were employed by the Pullman Palace Car Company, and others who were now able to move with the help of the newly-completed railroad. In the early 1900s, Latinos (mainly Mexicans, Cubans, and Puerto Ricans) began moving to West Oakland while fleeing the Mexican Revolution.
The Black Panther Party set up their headquarters in West Oakland in the 60s at 7th and Peralta. For the better part of two decades, the group helped provide free breakfast and lunch for local children, free health clinics, and even sickle cell anemia testing. Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, T-Bone Walker, Big Mama Thornton, and Al Green all performed along the strip on 7th Street. The exploding Blues scene helped the neighborhood earn the nickname "Harlem of the West." Music, art, and grassroots activism all have a stronghold in the area, even to this day.
Popular restaurants in the area include 10th and Wood (comfort food with a modern twist), Soba Ichi (Japanese cuisine featuring incredible soba noodles), and the 7th West bar. For thrill-seekers, The Crucible offers industrial art classes including blacksmithing, glassblowing, ceramics, and more. The Kinetic Arts Center fitness & circus arts community is for those who want to stay fit with a little more excitement than normal gyms can typically offer.
In addition to the rich history found in West Oakland, one of the best parts of living in the neighborhood is the incredible views of downtown San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay. Residents are also privy to excellent transportation choices including BART, the Bay Bridge, and convenient freeway access (880, 980, 580, and 80) which makes commuting a breeze.