Impressive penthouse-living without the dues. This single family home has a marvelous floor plan that is open and generous – entertain on the main floor, retreat to the bedrooms on the second floor. The natural light is abundant and your eyes will dance to the shadows the sun casts throughout. Newer modern west-facing deck with full sun and prized views. The grandiose upstairs has a dreamy master suite with a walk-in closet and a custom window that flaunts the awe-inspiring Bay, San Francisco, Downtown Oakland and Bay Bridge views.
Gary & Lily Wang, along with their infant son Daniel, immigrated from Taiwan in the late 1960’s after careers as an Air Force jet pilot and business manager. Lily worked as a caregiver in a rest home. Gary worked multiple jobs while he attended engineering classes at San Jose State. After graduation, Gary prevailed over 500 other candidates for an engineer position with EBMUD. A couple of years later, while searching for a family home, they came upon the house at 3845 Victor. They fell in love with the view and learned that it had been built as the contractor’s own residence, being the last of five neighboring houses he built. They were blessed with Victor in 1975. That same year, Lily embarked on her dream of opening her own rest home, Evergreen, to specialize in caring for Chinese-speaking elderly. It was the first such facility in the U.S. As the business grew, Gary left his job to be Lily’s partner. Eventually, after graduate school, Daniel joined the business. Together, the Wang family provided compassionate care to hundreds of residents for over 40 years.
Through the highs and lows of running a business, Victor Avenue was the refuge for Gary and Lily. One look at the view was all it took to take away the stresses of the day. Lily’s extended family all lived close by but celebrations were always at Victor, which was large enough to accommodate all of Daniels’ cousins. Dan loved growing up on Victor and recently had an opportunity to live in the house again before moving out of the area.
When the bittersweet decision was made to sell this cherished home, Lily and her son Daniel decided they wanted to bring it back to its glory. It is their hope that the buyers will feel welcomed and enjoy this corner of paradise.
This property is on the edge of Redwood Heights and Laurel Heights
Popular with young families and stable, long-term property owners, Oakland's scenic neighborhood of Redwood Heights brings together the best aspects of a suburban bedroom community with the convenience and variety of a major metropolitan area.
Redwood Heights emanates a strong sense of community and family. Many families move in and stay for generations, lending to little neighborhood traditions like popping into Hunan Yuan for an occasional dinner, purchasing hand-crafted gifts from Pot-Pourri and taking in Lincoln Square, which has remained relatively unchanged for the past 25 years.
Redwood Heights real estate consists of small but stylish 2-3 bedroom residences distinguished by their diverse architectural appeal. While the styles vary from contemporary to classic, the one feature many of the homes share is stunning day and nighttime views of the sparkling San Francisco Bay.
The community loves the Redwood Heights Recreation Center because it offers a great range of programs for tots, teens, and kids in-between, including gymnastics, guitar, karate, ballet, beading and cake decorating. Classes for adults include aerobics, ballet stretch, Tai Chi, yoga, karate, folk dance, and music. Avenue Terrace (AKA Jordan) Park is another popular recreation spot that offers swings, basketball hoops, and a play structure.
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.
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. Neighbors love, Sequoia Diner, Homestead Apothecary, Therapy Store, Petter's Kettle Corn and much more!