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Delightful Rockridge Bungalow with Surprise Pavilion

5326 James Avenue is the perfect Rockridge escape. This sweet two bed, one bath Craftsman-style bungalow is tucked down a tree-lined street but has a special surprise. Located just moments from College Avenue shops and eateries, this detached cottage features all the charm and luxuries one would expect.  But in the garden, is an unexpected Bali inspired dream pavilion. This beautiful structure features skylights and glass walls, a spa-like full bath, and a wrap-around porch making it a dream office, yoga studio, or whatever-you-need space.

The home welcomes you via the large front porch and entryway. To the right is the living room, with shuttered windows for privacy and light control, an intimate fireplace, and walnut-inlay hardwood floors. On the opposite side is a formal dining room with period accents throughout, including built-ins and a stunning stained-glass chandelier.

Leading easily into the kitchen, the space was fully modernized with quartz countertops, shaker style cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances. A large center island, and pantry offer plenty of space for food storage and meal preparation.  

The kitchen enjoys access out to the patio and backyard, with plenty of options for dining al fresco. A center hallway connects the two comfortably sized bedrooms, one with a custom built-in cabinet and desk unit, the other with a multitude of windows looking out to the garden.  The hall bath has been updated with a floating vanity, Toto toilet, and a glass enclosed shower-over-tub.

The detached pavilion is surrounded on two sides by a stylish covered porch.  With a profuse amount of glass, heated concrete floors, and wooden beamed skylit ceilings, the space feels airy and relaxing. The full wet room style bath continues the theme with a floating quartz vanity, plank flooring, and shower. Stylish and easy to maintain, the garden is tranquil with its large dining area,  stone patio and path leading to the driveway.

This home combines sought-after period touches with thoughtful renovations to create the perfect marriage of charm and modern style. Situated in the trendiest of locations, close to BART, freeways, and amenities galore, 5236 James is an undeniably special find.

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Property Feature List

  • 1,240 square feet of living space
  • 4,000 square foot lot
  • 2 bedrooms, 1 bath main house
  • Main house built in 1916
  • 311 square foot recently rebuilt detached pavilion with full bath

  • Large front covered porch and newly repaired rear porch
  • Formal entry with coved ceiling detail and glass french doors leading to the dining room
  • Living room with tiled fireplace mantle, period molding, Hunter Douglas shutters, recessed lighting and new chandelier
  • Original hardwood floors with walnut inlay border throughout main living space
  • Some double-pane windows
  • Original built-in linen closet in hall
  • Bedroom with built-in desk and storage
  • Closet organization system in primary bedroom
  • Large (rebuilt garage 2018-2019) detached pavilion with floor to ceiling window walls, skylights, radiant heat, full bath, and wood wrap-around porch

Key Kitchen Features

  • Kitchen remodel in 2015 with quartz countertops, white shaker style cabinetry, dark bronze hardware, and white subway tile backsplash
  • Island with chandelier, bar seating, storage, and microwave
  • Stainless steel suite of appliances
  • GE Cafe 30” gas range
  • GE microwave
  • Bosch dishwasher
  • Fisher& Paykel 32” refrigerator
  • Stainless steel sink
  • Walk-in pantry
  • Laundry center with Whirlpool washer & dryer
  • Custom corner shelving
  • Pet door
  • Marmoleum flooring

Key Bathroom Features

  • 2 fully updated bathrooms
  • Main house full bath with floating vanity, Toto toilet and glass enclosed shower-over-tub
  • Detached wet room style full bath featuring white quartz and wood floating vanity, wall mount toilet, plank flooring, faux finish walls, and shower

Key Electrical Features

  • New designer lighting in living room, hallway, main house bathroom and bedrooms
  • Tiffany style stained glass dining chandelier

Key Plumbing Features

  • Tankless water heater
  • Certified Sewer

Garden & Parking

  • Off-street parking for one (buyer to measure)
  • Gated and fenced garden with DG play area
  • Stone paver patio
  • Steel vegetable planting bins
  • Auto irrigation in parts of front and back