Luxury at Bellevue-Staten - Suite 503
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492 Staten Ave, Suite 503
The Historic 1929 Bellevue-Staten Building
~1550 sq ft *** 2 Bedrooms *** 2 Bathrooms *** Lake Merritt Views
If you have not yet visited the iconic Bellevue-Staten luxury condominiums, it’s time! In one word: STUNNING! Offering the best in urban luxury living, whether new to home ownership or downsizing, it's a perfect transition to a sophisticated, convenient, and easy concierge lifestyle. The two-building complex (Living units in one building & Garage with roof-top gathering area in a second building) is an exquisite blend of Art Deco and Spanish Colonial styles: the masterwork of famed architect Herman Carl Baumann. A fixture of the city's skyline since 1929, it has even earned a prestigious and well-deserved spot on the National Register of Historic Places. The structure stands tall and statuesque overlooking Lake Merritt, at the corner of Bellevue and Staten Avenues: a prestigious address that unveils this most extraordinary residence in a highly convenient neighborhood for active living: enjoying a Walkscore of 96 and 95 Bikescore.
The building interior does not disappoint. An opulent two-story lobby features an original, intricate coffered ceiling, original stone, metal and tile work which is also mimicked throughout the common areas. Whimsical panels adorn the bronze elevator doors which are impressive in their old-world grandeur. The impressive, speedy elevator opens to three units that share the 5th floor.
Timeless in design, Suite 503’s coffered wood entry door opens into a Gallery which, in addition to providing a space to showcase an art collection, acts as the central hall for welcoming guests with archways on either end. With stunning views of Lake Merritt, the mature oak trees below and city skyline, this home is a rare find with a flexible floor plan that melds with most furnishing preferences. The all-level 1550 square foot condominium is graced with especially generous sized rooms that have been enriched with parquet wood flooring, high ceilings and crown molding. The casement windows, each with its own unique vista vantage point, provide excellent natural light and stunning views of the lake and cityscape.
The Gallery is anchored by a huge entertainment-sized living room with original fireplace (non-operational as per HOA rules) through a wide arched doorway to the right. The opposite-end arched doorway on the left leads to the spacious formal dining room, as is typical of a gracious home of this era, with a swinging door to the kitchen. The kitchen retains its original charm with updated amenities, designer spec'd lighting, new faucet & stainless steel sink, lots of built-ins including sufficient cabinets and lovely granite work spaces that will satisfy those nights when you want to cook or entertain.
A hall leading to the private bedroom wing is found on the east wall of the Gallery. The primary bedroom suite with glorious lake views, offers an en-suite bathroom with original stall shower & on-point gold fixtures, walk-in closet and a bonus room for office, nursery or exercise. Also for convenience, there is an in-unit washer/dryer. The second bedroom, with excellent light from three strategically placed windows, also enjoys a walk-in closet. The second full bath with tub is easily accessible for guests.
Not unlike the most sought-after buildings in Manhattan, owners enjoy the world of true luxury concierge living. The door person greets you as you arrive, with valet service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The valet parks your car in the gated garage and is also charged with having your car waiting for you when you are ready to leave. In addition to a friendly, familiar face welcoming you home, residents are offered the convenience of concierge service that handles incoming and outgoing packages, collection of garbage and recycling daily from outside the kitchen (service) door. The HOA dues cover these services, in addition to meticulous building and garden maintenance, heat, water, daily rubbish removal, laundry, cable, internet, reserve fund contributions, building insurance and professional property management. Amenities for the HOA include: 24-hour concierge, in-building storage locker, communal laundry room, HOA roof deck, history room, carts for convenience with moving packages to and from your suite, emergency supplies, bicycle storage, and monitored exterior security. An HOA website is available for convenient communication. This unit has one parking space in the gated garage. Historic designation affords the property with a Mills Act contract which reduces the property taxes. A small portion of the electricity is billed with the monthly HOA fees.
The Bellevue-Staten is conveniently located just moments from Oakland’s best restaurants, entertainment and all of the activities available around Lake Merritt. Enjoy lake living - walks, sailing or gondola rides! Fairy Land, the Grand Lake Theater and Oakland Museum are neighborhood favorites in Lakeside Park (https://www.oaklandca.gov/topics/lakeside-park). Shopping and restaurants can be found close by along Broadway, Grand and Lakeshore. Easy transport options include East Bay Transit, BART and Highway 580, and options for travel in any direction, including the Oakland & San Francisco International airports.
~1550 sq ft Living Space
One Level Living
Stunning Views of Lake Merritt & Surrounding Oak Trees
Updated Kitchen & 2 Full Baths
Gallery Entry Hall
Gracious Living Room
Spacious Formal Dining Room
2 Bedrooms: Walk-In Closets
Parquet Hardwood Floors
Spacious Rooms Throughout
Stacked In-Unit Washer/Dryer
Garage with Valet Parking
HOA Rooftop Patio
Walkscore of 96 & 95 Bikescore!
HOA Dues: $2264
*Current Special Assessment to be Paid by Seller
Seller offering buyer's broker/agent 3% of the sales price as per MLS.
Additional Showings by Appointment with the Listing Agent