Real Estate Report: Gaming the Market in Oakland


Sometimes, realtors and their clients like to be coy. Here’s a house in Oakland that’s not on the MLS, has no address, and the price is available only “on request.”

The Basics: A 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath house in the Oakland Hills, built in 2008.

Not So Basic: Designed by architect Charles Debbas for himself and his family, it’s got “spectacular” written all over it. According to the listing even the garage has views. The house is a tightly organized collection of highly finished forms, like the swooping ceiling on the main level made of  beech, and most of the rooms have bay and San Francisco views along with the same high finishes.

Above, views of the entry courtyard a one flight of steps down from the street. There’s a standard front door but also a huge glass and red lacquer panel that pivots to open up the living room, and the courtyard provides a sheltered outdoor space out of the prevailing winds along with a handy fireplace.  The sides of the house are bolted cementboard panels- if they seem well-organized but a little unfriendly, the houses here are actually very close together, and this is much better than the blank sprayed-on stucco wall that’s the standard in this neighborhood.


Lots more images at the realtor’s dedicated site (link below) with bedrooms, baths, and more beech plywood than you can shake a stick at. If you’re interested in seeing more of Charles Debbas’ work and even better images of this house, look here. Maybe someday we’ll even discover where the house is and how much they’re looking to get.

Listing: 0 Breathtaking Contemporary Drive, Oakland  [Grubb Company]

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