Let’s continue our slumming in the East Bay one more day. When sonarrat sent in yesterday’s property, also enclosed was this one as a little PS. As in PS, this self-satisfied enclave, conveniently located in Oakland, doesn’t just have overpriced wrecks you can’t rebuild because they’re historically registered. It also has out-and-out problem properties. The difference is this is a problem with a view.
65 Wildwood Gdns Piedmont, CA 94611
Sq. Ft.: 1,494
$/Sq. Ft.: $586
Lot Size: 9,338 Sq. Ft.
VIEW: Bay, Bay Bridge, City Lights, Downtown, Lake, Panoramic, San Francisco
Year Built: 1910
On Redfin: 14 days
Truly unique property in its original condition. Entry from top street through a winding stair path. Majestic oak trees, sweeping views over Oakland & the Bay. No garage but possible access from bottom street. Rare potential for development. Privacy, harmony & simplicity best describe this property.
Hey, this property has something else in common with yesterday’s! No garage! Maybe this is a prestige thing. You know, if one-car garages imply the land is too valuable to waste parking two cars, what could be more "this land is made out of unobtainium” than no garage at all?
The listing is, for the most part, pretty up-front with its challenges. We’re talking about a hundred-year-old house that you have to cannot access unless you take the winding stair path. We’re talking about no garage — heck, no driveway. (Talk about prestigious!) “Possible access from bottom street?” What’s that mean? Maybe this house has possible beachfront if the Bay rises 250 feet, too!
But “Rare potential for development”? Look, “development” is a listing codeword for “teardown.” And “development” and “Piedmont” go together like “restraint” and “Palo Alto.” We are talking about the place with the second oldest housing stock in the entire country.
Fortunately, there are always people in the know who want to help this site out. So here, only on burbed, is the flowchart for how remodeling permits are handled in Piedmont:
Whoever buys today’s listing has no idea what kind of pros they are up against.