Idyllic Retreat in Crocker Highlands

5 Beds      3.5 Baths      3904 SF      .2 Acres      Dry Sauna & Hot Tub      Urban garden     

1 Downey Place, Oakland CA 94610

Tucked away at the end of a private road lined with lush, mature trees, you will find this idyllic period estate on a sprawling quarter-acre of grounds in Crocker Highlands.  Upon entry, you are welcomed by a lovely foyer and a library or office just off to the right.  As you walk into the home, a grand staircase leads to the three bedrooms upstairs.  Before heading up to the second level, spend time on the main level which boasts the living room, dining room, and kitchen.  The sensational formal living and entertaining room has soaring cathedral ceilings with wood beam details, flooded with natural light and access to a deck that overlooks the grounds.  This is the perfect room to gather family and friends to celebrate all the milestones and holidays together.  As the entertaining is in full swing, food and drink can be prepared nearby in the large sun-drenched chef’s kitchen equipped with a high-end range, breakfast bar, plenty of storage and a large farm house sink.  This level also has the additional fifth bedroom/office and half bath.

Upstairs we find the primary bedroom with a stellar en-suite bathroom, a connected sitting room, and plenty of closet space.    Continued on this level are two phenomenal guest bedrooms, and a meticulously remodeled full bathroom.  The bottom level is all about entertaining; You can host a wine tasting in the superb walk in wine cellar or have a get together in the large family room with a fireplace that opens directly onto a landscaped garden, patio with sitting area, outdoor stone fireplace with a built-in grill.  The fourth bedroom with an en-suite bathroom on this level is perfect for guests.   Need a spa getaway?  No need to leave the house since there is an interior dry sauna which has a secret door to the hot tub deck surrounded by mature trees.

The outdoor space at 1 Downey offers plenty of areas to relax and enjoy.  Whether you want to cozy up by the outdoor fireplace in the courtyard sitting area, take in nature from the top deck off the living room, or take a dip in the hot tub deck off the lower level, you are surrounded by peace and privacy.  Gardening in your very own urban garden is a great way to spend an afternoon or have a little play time with the kids with the outdoor playhouse!


  • Seismic retrofit (permitted)
  • Brand new furnace and AC unit (permitted) Electrical panel upgrade (permitted)
  • Add 220V car charger
  • Recessed lighting in all bedrooms and basement rooms (permitted) Replaced much of the nob and tube wiring with up to date wiring
  • Most outlets converted to tamper resistant outlets and are now grounded
  • Deck balusters reinforced
  • Backyard garden bed and irrigation
  • Sewer Lateral (20 year certificate) (permitted)
  • Crawl space vapor barrier and insulation
  • Fan under house to increase circulation
  • Childrens bathroom fan updated
  • Fresh paint in basement and main living room
  • ATT fiber internet installation


Anthony E. Cassel

Global Real Estate Advisor

2070 Mountain Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94611

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