In 2004, we sold our loft in Jack London Square and set out to find a house we could call our own. After looking all over Oakland, we settled on a somewhat small craftsman in a gentrifying neighborhood that was in need of some love and affection. We lived there for nearly seven years, bringing the house back to its former glory. While we had problems with the neighborhood that eventually made us want to sell, we loved that little house so, so much. We celebrated personal milestones there (our first 10 years together, then our 10th wedding anniversary!), said goodbye to our buddy dude Miles, and embarked on many person adventures, all while knowing we had a beautiful house to welcome us home.
By the time we sold in April 2013, we’d landscaped both the front and back yards, painted the entirety of the inside (many times!), replaced rotting aluminum windows and old electrical systems, updated the kitchens and bathroom to reflect the house’s style, and replaced the broken down Deck of Death ™.
Exterior – Before
Exterior – After
Back Yard – Before
Back Yard – After (Staged for Sale)
Kitchen – Before
Kitchen – During (The Way We Lived)
Kitchen – After (Staged for Sale)
Living Room & Dining Room (Before)
Living Room & Dining Room (The Way We Lived)
Living Room & Dining Room (Staged for Sale)
(I actually painted the fireplace several weeks before we even decided to move.)
The only thing we did in here for the sale was to paint over the Martha Stewart Zinc paint color with this boring beige. Our house was a beige bomb when it went on the market!
Laundry Room – Before
Laundry Room – Staged for Sale
Master Bedroom – How We Lived
We went through so many versions of this room that it’s hard to pick just one to represent how it looked while we were there. These pictures are the closest representation to layout, but we lived with it a deep chocolate brown for about a year before we sold.
Master – Staged for Sale
This room started out as a catch all for our junk. Then it transitioned into a guest bedroom that we made use of when my family came for Christmas 2010. And then it was a junk room again. When I started working from home full time 3.5 years ago, I reclaimed it as my own private office space.
The stagers turned it into a lifeless, nearly empty nursery so I’ll spare you. This was really the soul of the room for the duration of our time there.
Alan’s Office – Staged for Sale
For some reason I can’t find one single photo of the office as it was set up for Alan’s office. I can tell you that we had a lot of vintage wood furniture in there, and the walls were painted a deep, dark forest green. Basically, it looked NOTHING like this, but this picture gives you an idea of where it was situated in the house and its size.
So that’s it. Our little house. We sold to a couple that was similar to us in that they are working professionals with no kids. Whereas we have cats, they had a brown chocolate lab puppy. I hope he’s enjoying the deck our handyman Bob built. I wish we would have done that upgrade much sooner.