5722 Picardy Drive
Classic Storybook Tudor in architect W.W. Dixon’s whimsical Normandy Gardens, beautifully kept by the same owner for four decades. Step through the grand arched entryway into the striking preservation of craftsmanship and design of this home, from the elegant mahogany woodwork, curved English archways, niches, and a lilting vaulted ceiling on the first floor to the exquisite Art Nouveau cast-iron lighting fixtures in the bedrooms. The living and dining rooms are spacious and airy, anchored by a Dixon fireplace and joined by stunning French doors, and the kitchen is flanked by a delightful breakfast nook, bonus pantry space, plus easy access to a level backyard.
The split-level floor plan offers plentiful privacy for the three generously sized bedrooms upstairs, as well as a bathroom with shower and tub. The walls throughout have been washed with a creamy shade of Swiss Coffee and we have restored the vibrancy of the original hardwoods with a fresh refinishing to match the original for new owners to enjoy. Additional features include potential for second bath, huge basement with laundry and workshop, two-car garage, and plentiful storage. Don’t miss the rare opportunity to step back in time into a “modest mansion” of your own.
The exterior — and last of its kind in the neighborhood — is original, artisan hand-tinted stucco (an artisan technique inspired by trips to northern France that never needs repainting) with a covered entry, and features the original birdhouse and dovecote at the attic gable, as well as a stained glass porch lamp. Fondly known as Oakland's "Christmas Tree Lane," this welcoming, close-knit community comes together during the holidays and at their annual summer social with the help of a volunteer homeowners association.
Ideal for nostalgic buyers, Picardy Drive is a 1920s Oakland oasis with exclusively Tudor, French and English style homes, and this one has been featured in the book “Storybook Style: America’s Whimsical Homes of the Twenties” and in “Picardy Drive,” a SmartGirl Productions documentary from Pixar’s M. T. Silvia. Near Mills College, the popular Urban Montessori K-8, local and SF transportation, and much, much more!
Become the next owner in an Oakland enclave where unity in old-world architectural style and community have endured.
- Original artisan hand-tinted stucco exterior
- Bright, dramatic living room with built-ins
- Arched stone fireplace
- Mahogany French doors to formal dining
- Sunny kitchen w/ breakfast room, pantry
- Spacious, private bedrooms
- Original Art Nouveau lighting
- Potential for second bath
- Freshly stained hardwood floors throughout
- Huge basement w/ laundry
- Workshop and storage galore!
- Level, enclosed backyard
- Gated driveway to two-car garage