10998 Elvessa Street
Built for the Nielsen family in 1951, this is the first time 10998 Elvessa Street has been available for sale. This single level rancher home is located on a quiet street in the Oakland Hills with one of the most breathtaking pieces of property one could ever imagine.
A large flat and grassy front yard is the first thing you encounter as you walk towards the entrance at 10998 Elvessa Street. Large enough for a game of croquet, this front yard will be the location of many forms of play and relaxation. Norwegian Maple, Oak, and Redwood trees perfectly frame the yard. You immediately have a sense of what a special home this is.
Upon entering the home, you are greeted by the original hardwood floors with walnut pegs. An amazing great-room lends to the ease and sophistication of the home. Large windows bring the outdoors in; one window faces the front yard while the other window overlooks the gorgeous backyard with countless fruit trees and colorful plantings. The fireplace is a wonderful feature and creates a comfortable environment – imagine enjoying a favorite book in front of the fire.
The flow is ideal from the great-room to the nearby eat-in kitchen which is comprised of tile countertops and newly added marmoleum floors. A vintage Wedgewood stove will make cooking a delight all the while taking in the vistas of the yard. There is plenty of storage and cabinet space which will make the cook of the family quite satisfied!
Down the hallway are three sizeable bedrooms all graced by hardwood floors and ample closets. Enjoy outlooks of either the front or back yards from all three bedrooms -- the perfect way to wake up and start each day. A charming hall bathroom includes fun green and black vintage tile, a pedestal sink, tub, and shower stall.
From the kitchen, step out to large deck adorned with string lights – creating another wonderful gathering place for dining or repose.
The park-like backyard is truly like no other we have seen before. You will be transported to your own oasis, though just minutes from the city! Completely surrounded by nature, you will feel the serenity amongst the majestic redwood and pine trees. Looking for a farm to table experience? Consider the four varieties of apricot trees, Gravenstein and Pink Lady apple trees, as well as nectarine, persimmon, navel orange, Meyer lemon, and pink grapefruit trees! Perserving, baking or just eating! What fun!
The second tier of the yard, lovingly called “The Orchard” by the Nielsen family is just that! Magical indeed, many family members assisted in the planting and maintaining of the plum, pear, (Bartlett, Winter, Comice), apple (Gravenstein, Granny Smith, Lodi, Thomas Jefferson, Arkansas Black, Cider Apple, Yellow Delicious, Queen Cox), and White Mulberry. Do not miss the grape vines!
The possibilities of this home and lot are endless. Consider expanding the current home or building a potential ADU on the property even. Add more plantings or vegetables in your urban orchard.
This is a street where many neighbors know one another and have since their homes were built in the 1950’s. The owners of this home created many special memories at 10998 Elvessa Street and hope the new stewards of the home will create their own for many years to come.
High above downtown Oakland sits Sequoyah/Chabot, a small residential community tucked in the rolling hills amongst redwoods and oak forests. Many of the Spanish-, contemporary-, and traditional-style homes here sit on large lots of one acre or more, bordering the East Bay Regional Park and the Lake Chabot Golf Course. The neighborhood offers a semirural feel but is just minutes from everything a big city has to offer.
The neighborhood is all about access to open space: the views, parks, and miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Chabot Park is home of the 100-acre Oakland Zoo featuring more than 660 native and exotic animals, including a rainforest and an African savannah. The zoo also has a ride area that features a train that circles the park and hosts events year-round, including overnight-stay educational programs, the Clorox Wildlife Theater, and ZooLights during the holidays.
Dunsmuir House is a 37-room Neoclassical Revival mansion built in 1889 by Alexander Dunsmuir that offers historical tours and rentals for weddings and special events. The 50-acre grounds are open year-round, free of charge for picnicking and hiking. Friends of Knowland Park is actively engaged in protecting the preserve's spectacular scenery, including panoramic views of the bay and the San Francisco skyline.