The Regillus is an Oakland Landmark on the Gold Coast of beautiful Lake Merritt in Oakland. Designed by architect Willis C. Lowe, a protegé of Julia Morgan, and completed in 1922 as a luxury apartment building (later converted to condominiums) in the Beaux Arts style, it was, at the time, one of the most expensive residential buildings in Oakland. The Regillus is adorned with balconies and balustrades, with features such as a circular drive with cobblestones, a grand marble entrance, formal lobby, salons, concierge, and beautiful gardens with multiple seating areas. Built on the site of the former Schilling Mansion, it retains the original carriage house and a portion of its formal gardens with redwood trees. The building has since received several makeovers, while respecting its gracious origins, and a seismic retrofit.
Unit #401 has an ideal all-level layout, with two bedrooms and two full baths, large formal living room with fireplace, a formal dining room, and a spacious, showstopper remodeled kitchen. It enjoys wonderful sunny exposures in every room. Throughout the home, the white oak floors have just been refinished, and there is a new paint color scheme by a noted local colorist, giving the home a light and pretty feel.
A formal marble-tiled entrance, graced by one of six antique Art Deco crystal chandeliers found in the home, features egg-and-dart molding, and seamlessly connects to the rest of the residence. The formal living room has a large period, wood-burning fireplace with original moldings, and the high-ceilinged room has double crown moldings, chair railings, built-ins and views through multi-lite windows to the Schilling grounds. The formal dining room with original moldings has a sliding glass door leading to a decorative balcony.
The sunny west-facing bedroom is oriented towards Lake Merritt with partial views of the lake in winter and peekaboo views at other times. The primary bedroom has several closets and is adjacent to the former Schilling Gardens.
Two full baths, one with a stall shower and one with a shower over tub, were updated by the owner in approximately the last 10 years.
Perhaps the pièce de résistance of this home is the high end, completely remodeled kitchen with ample wooden cabinetry both upper and lower, quartz marble-look countertops, farmhouse sink, subway tile and herringbone tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances including a Bosch dishwasher, LG French door refrigerator and an energy-saving Bosch induction range with oven and range hood. You'll want to spend a lot of time here in your sophisticated country kitchen!
The unit comes with one assigned garage parking space and a spacious, locked storage unit in the basement. There is bike storage in the building.
HOA dues of $1345/mo. include a host of services, utilities and amenities that you would only find in a luxury building: 7 day a week concierge/on-site Building Supervisor, high-speed Internet and Xfinity TV, hazard insurance, water, trash and recycling removal, common area and exterior maintenance and landscaping, common area utilites and reserves. A lobby remodel is in the works.
An application by the Regillus HOA is pending for Mills Act status with the City of Oakland, which would reduce property taxes. Refer to this link for more information.
At this fabulous Oakland location, with a Walk Score of 98 and Bike Score of 88, you can reduce your carbon footprint and enjoy so many world-class amenities within blocks. Just steps from the Regillus are the western shores of beautiful Lake Merritt, with its romantic necklace of lights, 3 miles of walking and jogging trails, rowing, exotic gardens and a bird sanctuary. Fun fact: Lake Merritt was the country's first wildlife refuge and remains a mecca for all kinds of migrating birds. Local highlights and amazing eateries are too numerous to mention, but include one of the larger Whole Foods, the Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill, the Grand Lake Theater, and the historic Fox and Paramount Theaters. The epic, Saturday 9-2 Grand Lake Farmer's Market is locally famous and makes for a fun day loading up on organic provisions and delicious prepared foods, and is great for people-watching too!
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