21 Brunell Place
Horse, Artist Property with Spectacular Bay Views in Joaquin Miller
Home = More Than Shelter.
Country living minutes from city amenities. Bright and airy, timeless mid-century open floor plan. Spectacular Bay views. Horses optional. Shelter-in-place in country, modern, comfort!
Built 1942, 4BR/3ba, 2379SF, .73 acres
Cruise up the long driveway along the fenced paddock and sheltered horse enclosure, past the barn, tack room and hayloft. Horses? Ride to miles of East Bay Regional trails right from your home. No horses? Convert the barn to a playhouse or studio.
At the top of the driveway is parking & turnaround space for several vehicles. Upper driveway flanked by two level areas big enough for kids’ play space (trampoline, hoops, kids’ bikes) or gardening.
Stroll up the walkway to a roomy wraparound deck with spectacular views of the GG & Bay Bridges, San Francisco, Downtown Oakland, Lake Merritt, Marin Headlands, Mormon Temple and the South Bay. Utility basement/workshop through gate under deck.
An arched wooden front door opens to a lofty entryway pavered in almond & caramel stone tiles. Straight ahead, white-railed blond wood stairs lead to the second floor. Coat, under stair and linen closets, door to full bathroom. The main floor full bath continues warm neutral color scheme with stone tile floors, tawny and burnt umber wall tiles, white fixtures, large pedestal sink, shower over tub.
To your right the entry hall opens to a light and view-filled living room with white open-beamed ceiling and walls. Honey-blond wood floors, tall wood-burning flagstone fireplace. Corner picture windows over hillside. A wall of sliding glass doors opens to a broad wrap-around deck with sweeping Bay vistas.
To your left from entry, walk through the light-filled open kitchen. Deep bay window over sink; clean up with Bay views! White marble counters, ecru cabinets offer efficient, generous storage space. Stainless steel appliances (gas range, fridge/freezer, dishwasher). Recessed ceiling lights. Open floor plan to family room and back level patio for al-fresco dining.
Family room continues the stone tile floor, features dining nook with views, black iron woodstove on corner brick hearth, built-in corner desk and bookshelves. Off the family room is a study, office or fourth bedroom with bookshelf wall and closet.
Reached through the family room or front walkway, the roomy, private feeling, level, brick-paved patio is perfect for outdoor dining and entertainment. Upslope landscaping, additional gardening space, mature perennials and shrubbery near patio and along front of house.
Back in the entry hall, follow the stairs to the second floor. The airy master suite features an open-beamed ceiling, skylights and corner picture windows with stunning Bay vistas. Honey-blond wood floors. Ensuite bath with ochre and buff tile, glassed shower with fabulous view window! Big walk-in closet through bathroom with built-in storage shelves and drawers.
Off the upstairs hall, washer & dryer in laundry closet, large bathroom in the same warm neutral color scheme with corner glassed-in shower, separate corner tub, double vanity sink, white fixtures, treehouse view. Lastly, two additional good sized bedrooms hardwood floors, windows over patio.
Five minutes from Hwy 13 via Joaquin Miller Road. Near Westminster & Montclair Village commercial districts with the wonderful Sunday Farmer’s Market. Convenient to Park Blvd (restaurants, coffee) and Oakmore’s Rocky’s Market. Not far above Dimond & Laurel commercial districts yet just minutes to miles and miles of East Bay Regional trails and parklands.
Named for the poet of the High Sierras, the Joaquin Miller neighborhood is a tranquil, woodsy area in the heights of Oakland.
Bordered by one of the only urban second-growth redwood groves in existence, miles of trails, and picnic grounds, the district offers plenty of activity for outdoor lovers. Homes include Mid-Century, Ranch, Mediterranean and traditional structures on large plots of land. Just minutes from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Joaquin Miller neighborhood offers a range of activities, many of which center on 500-acre Joaquin Miller Park. Inside the park, Sequoia Horse Arena offers trail rides, and goats graze the underbrush to help control the vegetation. A neighborhood community center can be rented for weddings, picnics, and local events. And as a plus for dog owners, the park is one of the few open-space areas that allow dogs off leash. Adjacent Redwood Regional Park provides miles of hiking, running, and biking trails. Chabot Space & Science Center straddles the top of the ridge at Skyline Boulevard, one of the premier science museums in the country, with a focus on astronomy and space exploration and a robust calendar of family-friendly events — including Slumber with the Stars overnight adventures, hikes, and dinner-and-a-movie Supper Club social events.
The area offers sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay, downtown Oakland, and the San Francisco skyline. Nearby is the Woodminster Amphitheater, a favorite place for East Bay families to take in shows year-round — including summer musical under the stars.
The Joaquin Miller neighborhood is minutes to the commercial districts of Westminster, Montclair Village with the wonderful Sunday Farmer’s Market, Park Blvd and Oakmore’s Rocky’s Market. It is also extremely convenient for commuters with easy access to Highways 13, 580 and SF Bus Lines.