House hunting: It is Sunday morning, you organize what's available in your price range and the neighborhoods you wish you lived in. You commit to viewing a half dozen properties and you hope that one woos you. Tired of the mundane cookie-cutters, you want more than just shelter. Is inspiring too much to ask for?
668 Capell: shall we name her Betty? She flirts with you the moment you enter the foyer, as sunshine glitters through the windows in a seductive way. The charm and charisma of this handsome 1920s home trigger an emotion if I dare say, of love. Rigorous restoration efforts have been started and now Betty is ready for someone to speak words of affection and work her into perfection.
New exterior paint (Dec. 2018)
Plaster restoration and new interior paint (2018-2019)
New 100 amp service and a new 100 amp sub-panel (2019)
New 30 year roof with new gutters and downspouts (Nov. 2018)
Updated kitchen with new base cabinets, marble counters, new under-mount stainless steel sink, Hansgrohe faucet, solid brass cabinet knobs, new dishwasher, gas range and garbage disposal (2019)
New toilet in the half bath (2019)
Solid oak floors installed in the kitchen (2019)
New light fixtures throughout the house, hand-made in Houston, installed in 2019
New front landscaping with drought-tolerant perennials and drip irrigation (2019)
Replaced water supply and drain lines (accessible, no walls opened) in approx. 2016
Vintage fireplace with the classic sailboat motif
Sexy living room with 5 large bay windows
Traditional dining room with built-in china cabinet, original wallpaper
Swing door to the updated kitchen
Vintage main bathroom with separate shower stall
3 respectably-sized bedrooms
1 full bathroom
1/2 bathroom in the basement*
1-car attached path-thru garage
Basement expansion possibilities under the house (consult with an architect and the City of Oakland for confirmation)
"Large attic that, with proper modifications and permits, could possibly be converted into a ‘plus’ room or even living space" per Brian Cogley home inspector
Large flat sunny backyard
Views of Oakland hills, Mormon Temple and the striking Arbor Villa palms
*Bath count differs from the Public Record. Neither Seller nor Listing Agent has verified the accuracy of any of these sources of information.
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