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
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
Degrees Plato Taproom and Bottleshop
Sunday 3/26/17 and 4/2/17 from 2pm-4pm
Monday 3/20/17 10:30am - 1:00pm
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