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An Oakland escape with canyon views

August 31, 2018

Where: 1 Oakwood Court, Oakland, CA 94611

Tucked away in the Oakland Hills, this canyon property provides a peaceful, dramatic and elegant experience. The multi-leveled home has plenty to offer, with its tree-house feel, awe-inspiring canyon views, and open living spaces featuring skylights and vaulted ceilings. The kitchen is built for a chef and boasts a waterfall marble island. The owner’s suite offers hardwood floors, a private deck to take in canyon views and personal fireplace. This suite is fully equipped, featuring a roomy walk-in closet, dual sinks, a spacious shower with two shower heads, and a substantial sunken soaking bath with a view overlooking the canyon. On top of it all, this home features a full wine cellar and Z-wave switches, giving owners complete control of lighting.

Ideal for entertaining friends and family as well as tranquil time alone, this Alameda County abode is the best of both worlds.

Virtually experience this home for yourself!

See the full listing for more information on the property.

Stop by to see the spectacular views from this luxurious property during our open house this Sunday, September 2,  running from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The property is listed at $1,495,000 by The Gunderman Group of Alain Pinel Realtors’ Oakland Hills – Montclair Village office.

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Notable Listings / Sales

Featured home: 11 Jewel Court in Oakland

November 11, 2016

The crown jewel of the court

TwilightsB_18Where: 11 Jewel Court, Oakland (listing | tour)
This Phillip Perkins-designed 4 bedroom/ 3.5 bathroom house impresses with contemporary sophistication, from its stylish street presence to its airy atmosphere to its luxurious amenities. Thoughtfully arranged with a unique, horizontal floor plan, it is part of on newly developed cul-de-sac neighborhood in the Montclair Hills that has become a showcase for custom homes from a select group of architects and home builders.
Two garages on either side of the house and different tones of stucco make a statement of balance and symmetry. Inside, the foyer welcomes you with an Italian Cambria tile balcony overlooking a canyon and dramatic bay view. The home opens to gracious spaces with high ceilings, recessed lighting and an open layout.
The chef’s kitchen includes a large island with waterfall edges, refined quartz surfaces, high-end appliances, two sinks, LED lighting and a polished, European design. Imagine enjoying your coffee in the breakfast nook surrounded by bay and canyon views. The living room has several oversized windows on either side of the fireplace, creating an incredible panorama.  In the formal dining room, two walls are formed by sliding glass doors that open onto the central patio, extending the living space and creating seamless indoor/outdoor entertaining opportunities.
The mezzanine bedroom suite is a private refuge replete with gorgeous views, a modern fireplace, generous walk-in closet and spa-like bathroom. Up a flight of stairs is a reading nook with views of city lights in one direction and hillside lights on the other.
Down the hall, the luxurious, comfortable master bedroom provides a sanctuary. A fireplace creates a cozy retreat for winter nights, while an overhead fan and access to the wraparound balcony cools down summer evenings. The sleek bathroom has fabulous details: a glassed-in shower with six jet sprays, beautiful glass tiles and vessel sinks, a free-standing tub in front of a picture window framing Sibley Park, a large walk-in closet and a separate WC with toilet and bidet.
A convenient laundry room and an office or nursery complete this level. Downstairs there are two more guest bedrooms with a full bathroom.
One of Montclair’s newest streets, Jewell Court is perched high on the hill and conveniently located equidistant from Oakland and Orinda. Privacy and quiet, comfortable level-in living, deluxe detailing and bright and modern style make this home a sparkling gem.
Listed at $1,895,000 by Rick Richetta of Alain Pinel Realtors – Oakland Hills.
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OPEN HOURE: 914 Aquarius Way in Monclair, Oakland

March 6, 2015

Where: 914 Aquarius Way in Montclair, Oakland (listing | virtual tour | video tour)
Open: Sunday, March 8th, from 2:00-4:30 pm
Step up to luxury with this sumptuous architectural stunners.  Elegant garden edged stairs carry you up to a world of splendor and comfort, with state of the art details, graceful design, and dramatic views from every window. This stunning Andrade Architects showpiece nestled between Montclair and Rockridge, boasts magnificent entertaining spaces, quiet retreats and  four bedrooms and three and half bathrooms. Large living room, formal dining and kitchen opens to gardens overlooking the bay.  Grand Master bedroom with walk in closet, jet tub and private deck.
The home is listed by Rick Richetta of Alain Pinel Realtors Oakland Hills – Montclair Village. See more at
Offered at: $1,650,000
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Featured Open Homes

OPEN HOUSE: 2741 Las Aromas in Oakland

September 26, 2014

Where: 2741 Las Aromas in Montclair, Oakland (listing | virtual tour)
Open: Sunday, September 28th, from 2:00-4:30 pm
This 3 bedroom and 3 bathroom sunny, custom contemporary home is located on cul-de-sac near Montclair Village. Tucked away in the surrounding trees, the home features privacy and an open floor plan. The living room has handsome built-ins around a marbled fireplace and floating hearth. The dining room is positioned to fully enjoy the view, and the kitchen, with ample marble countertops, has a greenhouse window for a handy herb garden. With many bonus spaces, including a sitting room off one bedroom and a large sunroom / office space off the master bedroom, this home will delight. A family room, wet bar and guest suite is accessible from a grand staircase. The extensive decks contribute to a great indoor-outdoor living and entertaining space.
The home is listed by Rick Richetta of Alain Pinel Realtors Oakland Hills – Montclair Village. See more at
Offered at: $849,000
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Community Spotlights

First Friday Art Walks in Oakland

April 1, 2014

Once a month residents of the East Bay celebrate the week’s end by heading out to Oakland’s First Friday Art Walks, an eight-block street festival in the heart of the city. The event, which started as a traditional open gallery walk sponsored by Art Murmur in 2006, has grown into a Bay Area hot spot for artists and art lovers alike. Over thirty galleries and mixed-use art spaces throughout the City of Oakland feature work of local painters, sculptors, live music, local food vendors and everything in between.
“It became a real, spontaneous, authentic grassroots street festival as people roamed in and out of the galleries, enjoying our balmy Oakland weather and the amazing creativity of our people,” says Pamela Mays McDonald, a board member at Oakland Art Murmur. “But eventually it got too crowded for people to see the art in the galleries, and up to 20,000 people descended on a few blocks within a three-hour period each month.”
The Oakland Art Murmur organization eventually turned over management of the non-gallery scene to a new organization, now called Oakland First Fridays. The event continued to grow, eventually closing down major streets in the area, such as Telegraph Avenue, creating better security and a safer event for the people of Oakland.
“We have now expanded from the Uptown/Koreatown-Northgate districts to include galleries throughout town; Old Oakland, Jack London Square, Jingletown,” says Mays McDonald. “The geographic scope of the movement is growing every day.”
Aside from the perks of experiencing art in this great community setting, many gallery owners and other participants reap the benefits, as well. Kerri Lee Johnson, owner of Marion and Rose’s Workshop on 9th Street, a two-and-a-half year old gallery that showcase over fifty American artists, designers, craftspeople, manufacturers, and artisanal food makers, continues to watch support for artists grow.
“First Friday has always been a great night to promote the shop and the city for that matter, to a new audience and group of people who are often exploring Oakland for the first time,” says Johnson. “People are not always ready to buy art on that night, but very often come back in to find out more about the artists and to then buy something. From day one it has been a great way for local artists to have their artwork seen by a large audience. The First Friday often brings out curators, art consultants and interior designers who are looking for fresh new talent.”
Chandra Cerrito who runs a contemporary art gallery representing twenty artists on 23rd  Street also participates in the event through scheduling art openings on First Fridays.
“First Friday art walk started before 2007, so we have not experienced life as a gallery before that time,” says Cerrito, who opened Chandra Cerrito Contemporary in 2007. “That was a significant reason why I decided to open a gallery in Oakland. It already had an established art audience that was growing every first Friday.”
Between the world class art, music, food and other activities both indoors and out, Oakland continues to attract and maintain a tight-knit, eclectic scene for creative people of all ages and backgrounds.
“The people of Oakland are without a doubt some of the more adventurous, tolerant, friendly and fun people anywhere. They are used to mingling, working, socializing and living with people who may not look, love or believe the same way they do, says Mays McDonald. “They love getting together and hanging out in public at street fairs, which are a big part of our Bay Area culture. They are scrappy and they are creative! They know how to deal with life as it comes, to use what they’ve got to create the best life possible. Oakland boasts the highest number of census respondents who list “artist” as their occupation. Not San Francisco, Oakland. Everybody here has got a touch of the creative spirit in their soul.”
Oakland First Fridays takes place the first Friday evening of every month at Telegraph Ave between 19-27th Streets; 5-10pm. For more information, visit or
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Featured Open Homes Notable Listings / Sales

Open House: Modern Swiss Family Robinson Oakland Hills Tree-House

July 26, 2013


Where: 3235 Brunell Drive in Oakland (listing | virtual tour )
When: Saturday, July 27th, from 2:00-4:00 pm & Sunday, July 28th, from 2:00-4:00pm.
Listed at: $1,249,000
Have you ever walked in a home that just has that magic? Where it instantly ignites an almost childlike excitement in you? This hillside estate will do it to you every time. Childhood whimsy and executive amenities find a harmony in the architectural gem at 3235 Brunell Drive that is sure to win you over. It also boasts some of the widest, most gorgeous views in the Oakland Hills (featuring 5 bridges!). 
Built in 1976 by Stanford-educated engineer (who worked on BART), the use of wood poles and timbers, large expanses of glass, and creative sliding doors create this modern-day, luxury tree-house in the Oakland Hills. At 4,588+/- square feet, this multi-level, 5bd/4ba architectural masterpiece with seamless indoor/outdoor flow takes full advantage of its surroundings with extensive decking, pathways, bridges, and terraces with lush landscaping. The gated, double-lot is tucked away among eucalyptus and oak trees, yet is minutes from Montclair Village, making this home truly an urban retreat.
Standout features include a large gourmet kitchen with cook’s island, a large wine cellar, antique wood-burning stove, dry sauna, hot tub, solarium, a waterfall-fed outdoor pool and tiled patio. With enormous redwood decks (nearly 6,000 square feet!) – this home is perfect for entertaining, dining outside, or taking a late night dip while taking in the lights of the Bay.
Perhaps most charming are the more unique details that are scattered about this adult (and child) tree-house. A Superman phone booth, private elevator, rooftop widow’s walk, Japanese soaking tub, climbing ladders throughout, laundry chutes, a built-in slide to play structure on the hillside, bridges, walkways, outdoor fireplace and lush gardens are just a few of the delightful touches that make this home truly like no other. Take the time to check out 3235 Brunell Drive – your inner child will thank you.
The home is listed by David Gunderman and Andrew Raskopf of Alain Pinel Realtors Oakland Hills – Montclair Village Office