This ivy-covered farmhouse is not what you’d expect to find tucked at the end of a cul-de-sac in Oakland, California. It’s a leafy green oasis, as the listing calls it, in the middle of a neighborhood.
It was built in 1908 and is smaller than a typical farmhouse, with about 1,100 square feet, but it has a charming, cottage-like room attached to the garage in back that offers additional living space. The homeowner has used it as a guest room, office, and art studio.
When the farmhouse last sold, there “wasn’t a shred of greenery anywhere” on the property. But now there are mature trees, flower boxes, swaths of ivy and tall hedges that make it feel like you’ve stumbled across a Secret Garden in the neighborhood.
The homeowner says, “My wonderful farmhouse has a welcoming front porch and a touch of the past with the amenities of now,” adding that the kitchen has been updated, the windows replaced, yard landscaped, siding painted, and the whole house meticulously maintained.
Take a look!
A Small Farmhouse in Oakland
The farmhouse is a charmer with the climbing ivy on the porch, flower boxes
in the windows and white twinkle lights at night.
The listing says, “Step through the vine-covered gates to your own private oasis.
Put your feet up on the old-timey front porch, ahhhhhhh!”
The small farmhouse has a romantic kind of cottage vibe to me.
Inside the farmhouse, the rooms are updated and more modern:
The Living Room:
The Dining Room:
There are green cabinets and banquette seating in the kitchen.
The farmhouse has 3 bedrooms + 1 bath.
One of the three bedrooms is currently being used as a study:
The double doors below open to reveal the laundry shed with washer and dryer:
The Farmhouse Floorplans:
The Guest Cottage
Tucked behind the house and attached to the garage is a small guest cottage:
It has wood-plank ceilings and a skylight.
The listing says, “The garden is the real focal point of the property, offering shady respite from the sun, green views from every window, a path with raised veggie beds, a small lawn with a Magnolia tree, and a quaint brick patio off the kitchen. Even the laundry shed is adorable!”
The homeowner says, “The farmhouse has mature trees and sits in a quiet neighborhood with a wonderful mix of families and lifestyles. A real cross-section of Oakland. I’ve been working on my home and improving it in one way or another for the last 20 years.”
The agent adds, “The farmhouse is listed for $599,000, which is $200,000 lower than the average house in Oakland, making it the perfect starter home and highly coveted in this market.”
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For more information about 3626 Mangels Ave, check the listing
held by agent Maxi Lilley of Red Oak Realty. Photo credit: Open Homes Photography.
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