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This well cared for spacious 1950s home in the Richmond View neighborhood has been in the same family for almost 60 years! The entryway with convenient coat closet opens onto a practical floorplan with traditional living rooms, recently refinished hardwood floors, multiple windows and fireplace accent.
A classic wood stairway with wrought iron railings leads upstairs to two large bedrooms and a hall bathroom. The rear bedroom was extended to provide additional work space and overlooks the back garden and trees, the front bedroom has a peak of the bay view and both offer good size closets.
A 90’s downstairs addition expanded the home to include a generous sized primary bedroom suite on the main level, with vaulted ceiling, a walk-in shower and dressing room along with plenty of closet space.
French doors lead off the dining room to an expansive deck with gazebo, perfect for large outdoor gatherings. Planting beds with fruit trees, fig, lemon and Camelias border the large 6000 sq ft lot. The original built in barbeque centers the garden and neighboring mature trees provide screening and shade.
Recent cosmetic updates to the kitchen include new countertops and tile, updated flooring and a new oven and stove top.
The long-time owners were accomplished in both the woodworking and textile arts and two detached structures provide amazing space for workshop and creative pursuits.
Interior access from the garage leads to a ground floor bonus room, perfect for work at home or your hobby space. This room has exterior access and a half bath allowing for great flexibility.
The garage hosts the laundry, a utility sink and additional storage and interior access to the kitchen or the bonus room.
The entire home is bathed in fabulous light, and many of the windows have custom shutters.
Upgrades include an air conditioning system added in 2020.
The neighborhood borders El Cerrito, providing easy access to BART, freeways, multiple local parks within walking district or a short drive.
Once a center of industry and shipbuilding during World War II, the city of Richmond is focused on revitalization efforts that include a green revolution, with a solar-powered waste treatment plant; industrial printers; metal scrap recyclers; and manufacturers participating in green business initiatives. The city plans to add green jobs, create a cleaner community, and build a thriving tax base that can support better public services.
Richmond homes vary in style, including traditional, Cape Cod, contemporary, and French Country.
Local residents can participate in a composting program that collects food scraps in specially marked street-side containers and offers gardeners free compost for their backyard gardens. Richmond also recycles its old buildings, too; the historic Ford assembly plant near the port of Richmond was converted into the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historic Park, operated by the National Park Service.
Downtown is also experiencing revitalization, especially along Macdonald Avenue, the main commercial district that runs from 8th to 16th streets. The Richmond Main Street Initiative brings arts, music, dance, and theater to the area, transforming it into a pedestrian-friendly urban village.
Progressive politics are a part of life in Richmond. The city is the largest in the U.S. to have a Green Party mayor in Gayle McLaughlin.