x Easy Living Comfy Laurel Heights Home 4018 Loma Vista Avenue  $639,000


Be at ease in this 1959 one-story abode. Casually comfortable with thoughtful updates such as new doors and hardware, energy-efficient furnace, dual-pane windows, refinished floors, remodeled kitchen, seismically retrofitted foundation and drought-tolerant landscaping. Rear studio for the artist or artist-at-heart. Located on a street with bay views above the burgeoning Laurel shopping district. Out of all of the homes that Matt and Sabrina have lived in, Loma Vista has been the most loved.

"Of all the places we have lived, separately and together, throughout our lives, our time in this house and neighborhood has provided us with our deepest sense of home and community." — Matt and Sabrina, owners

  • 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms
  • 1,103 sq. ft. (aprx.) living space
  • 4,560 sq. ft. (aprx.) lot
  • Refinished hardwood floors
  • Garage with interior access
  • Brick fireplace in living room
  • Updated kitchen
  • Updated bathroom
  • Partial bay views
  • Hand-selected lighting, most from Rejuvenation
  • New front door and interior doors
  • 95% energy-efficient furnace installed in 2012
  • Water heater installed in 2012
  • Seismically retrofitted with engineer plans 2016
  • Dual-pane windows
  • Rear studio 
  • Drought-tolerant landscaping designed by Sonia Hildebrand 
  • Solar-powered attic fans on roof
  • Sewer later compliant

Seller Love

Welcome to 4018 Loma Vista!

Of all the places we have lived separately and together throughout our lives, our time in this house and neighborhood have provided us with our deepest sense of home and community. We want to share just a sampling of anecdotes about our experience here as you consider whether to make this your new home.

During our five years on Loma Vista we developed many relationships with our fantastic neighbors. The family immediately next door is extremely good natured and our kids visited with each other frequently - along with several other playmates within a block of our house. One neighbor owns a custom furniture business and built us a gorgeous entertainment console; his wife is a talented calligrapher and created several custom items for us. Sabrina carpooled daily to Berkeley for several years with a neighbor who became a close friend, and joined a book club of Laurel neighbors. A teacher colleague of Matt’s lived around the corner and her husband helped install the solid core doors in the house. When in a pinch, we borrowed and lent kitchen and household items with neighbors, shared baked goods or a surplus of Matt’s smoked ribs, and once our daughter borrowed a literal cup of milk to save a birthday cake project. Last August, Sabrina helped coordinate a National Night Out potluck, and volunteered several years in a row for the annual Laurel Street Fair.

Inside the house, the hallway is where our youngest learned to walk, the kitchen where our oldest developed a passion for cooking, the yard where the kids spent endless hours playing and where on warm days the adults relaxed with a book and a beer. We hosted birthday parties, barbecues, and countless brunches and dinners with friends and family. Loma Vista became the default location for family gatherings, including five consecutive holiday celebrations with Sabrina’s extended family, and several Thanksgiving dinners.

Around the neighborhood, we loved the ability to complete errands on foot or simply walk down the hill for brunch or coffee. Our outings often included a stop at Farmer Joe’s for groceries, picking up contact lenses at Laurel Optometry (Dr. Dorothy Okomoto is superb and hilarious), grabbing a few items from Ace Hardware, or dropping off the car at AMA Autocare before a leisurely stroll home. Of the myriad fabulous Laurel eateries, among those we’ll miss are Phnom Phen (beef satay and tofu with green beans for the win!) and Cafe Santana, which makes some of the best coffee in Oakland. A short walk up the hill, our kids spent innumerable days on the playground at Jordan (Avenue Terrace) Park, often running into neighbors and school friends. Further up the hill, the newly remodeled Safeway was super convenient, and the shopping center also includes our standby take-out options Redboy Pizza and Sparky’s hamburger joint (best milkshakes in town!). Every day, Matt would drive just a few minutes up Redwood Road to the Oakland Hills Swim and Tennis Club for a workout, where our kids also enjoyed summer swim team.

Writing this letter is bittersweet, reflecting on the tightknit community we are leaving behind as we embark on a new adventure out of state. But we will take with us so many memories and friends. We hope that it provides for you as it did for us.

Matt & Sabrina

Oakland Love


The Laurel

At the turn of the 19th century, what is now called the Laurel District was merely a handful of homesteads surrounded by vegetable gardens, lush hillsides, family dairies and grazing livestock. After the Great Earthquake of 1906, refugees from San Francisco flocked to the area, and by 1910 The Laurel (named for the area's first school) boasted sidewalks and streetlights. By 1920, the Key Route Rail-car system connected the area to downtown and established Hopkins Street (now MacArthur Blvd.) as a bustling thoroughfare.

As Oakland's industries grew, so did the need for housing, and spectacular incentives were offered to stimulate home building. The district continued to grow through the Depression, and by the time the country was at war there were two new movie theatres, Laurel and The Hopkins, where locals could see the latest news reels. While the businesses and organizations operating within its walls have changed over the years, the facade of the Laurel Theatre building (3814 MacArthur) is still recognizable today.

The post-war period brought another housing boom to the Laurel, and area businesses flourished. Many of the storefronts lining MacArthur Blvd. were built in the 40s and 50s, evidenced by their simple lines and lack of architectural embellishments.

Today, the Laurel is a bright neighborhood with a vibrant and diverse population. A mini-melting pot, the people of the Laurel are proud to be a part of this distinct section of Oakland, confirmed by all the warm greetings found at the small local farmer's market, the original Farmer Joe's with a larger store in the adjacent Dimond district, and in the wide range of inexpensive ethnic restaurants along MacArthur Boulevard.

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Sunday 3/26/17 and 4/2/17 from 2pm-4pm


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Monday 3/20/17 10:30am - 1:00pm

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Deidre Joyner

Realtor® AssociateRed Oak RealtyCalBRE# 01451749510.693.4253 mobiledeidre@redoakrealty.comwww.TheOaklandBerkeleyJournal.com