Pacific Union Represents Historic Architectural Masterpiece in Oakland

Posted by Karen Monroe — September 30, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO – (Oct. 1, 2008) – A one-of-a-kind architectural masterpiece designed by prominent Bay Area architect John Hudson Thomas is now on the market. Built in 1912 for the managing editor of the Oakland Tribune, the six-bedroom, four-and-a-half bath home is a Thomas signature property featuring subtle sophistication and a comfortable design style. Perfectly located in Oakland’s Crocker Highlands to take full advantage of sweeping Bay views, serene outlooks and sunny gardens, 1012 Ashmount Avenue is currently listed at $2,350,000 with Teri Carlisle of Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate.This historic John Hudson Thomas designed home in Crocker Highlands boasts sweeping Bay views.“The first time I saw this house I knew it was special. As I have spent more time both in the house and researching information about the architect and former owners, I have grown to love it even more,” said Carlisle, who works from Pacific Union’s Montclair office. “This is a house with an amazing pedigree. It is an honor to represent the current sellers in their search for a new owner of this amazing property.”The 6,350 square foot home is typical of Thomas’ distinctive style. Spaces flow together through wide openings subtly differentiated by ceiling treatments and other unique details. Also recurring is Thomas’ common motif of four squares forming a larger square in the house. His work before 1915 exemplifies what has become known as the "First Bay Tradition," where clashes in scale and unorthodox juxtapositions of details from a wide range of historical styles were explored with great vigor.A remarkable home with strong bold lines, warm wood detailing, generous rooms, five fireplaces and a perfect floor plan inspires true indoor/outdoor living with most rooms opening to view filled terraces. The home’s charming and practical kitchen boasts custom pecan cabinets, Paradiso granite, restaurant-quality stainless Traulsen commercial refrigerator, Viking hooded range, and walk-in pantry. The ideal floor plan includes three spacious bedrooms on the upper level, a romantic attic suite, and a bedroom, den and sun room on the main level. The lower level features a stylish and green au pair with separate entrance. A detached two-car garage, excellent storage and great location within minutes of Lakeshore & Grand shops and restaurants, this is an incredible opportunity to own a piece of history while reliving the Arts and Crafts period.For more information about the property, visit www.1012Ashmount.com, or to request a showing, contact Carlisle at 510-338-1305, tcarlisle (at) pacunion.com.Pacific Union GMAC Real EstateSince 1975, Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate has thoughtfully matched generations of buyers and sellers throughout the entire Bay Area. Pacific Union GMAC focuses on delivering outstanding quality and unparalleled service to a full spectrum of discerning clients. Pacific Union GMAC is the only firm in California to receive a distinguished four star International Property Award in association with CNBC Europe and the London Daily Mirror for superior marketing materials and client services in the luxury marketplace. A premier, locally managed brokerage with knowledgeable, experienced real estate professionals, Pacific Union GMAC takes a leading edge to new technology applications designed to enhance the client experience. Pacific Union is a GMAC Home Services company. For more information, visit www.pacunion.com.

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