Luxurious lakeside living is what The Essex is all about, and this elegant one bedroom, one bath unit is well appointed for relaxed & efficient living. Wall to wall windows greets you as you enter and bring in the natural light and fantastic views of Downtown and Lake Merritt. The open kitchen concept has a lovely breakfast bar, granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and ample cabinet space. An adjacent built-in office area with custom bookshelves opens out onto the open dining & living room with a private balcony. A spacious bedroom also with wall-to-wall windows has custom shelving and a walk-in closet that was upgraded with an organization/storage system. There is also an in-unit laundry closet, a large bathroom, and a deeded parking space in the gated parking garage. The building’s amenities are outstanding with 24-hour concierge, fitness center, resort-style outdoor pool, community lounge, and business center. All centrally located with quick access to Downtown, Uptown, and Lake Merritt BART.
Lakeside's real estate is located in Oakland's Gold Coast district, crowning the lake with a stunning period and modern architecture. Visit the lake and watch as crew teams race, gondolas glide by, and joggers and walkers do their daily 3.4-mile circuit. Or, for a bit of local history, visit Oakland's Museum of California and the Terrace Room at the Lake Merritt Hotel, a 1927 art deco wonder.
An important stop on the Pacific Flyway, Lake Merritt is home to the exotic black-crowned night heron, Canadian geese, ruddy ducks, snowy egrets, buffleheads, great blue herons, and more. Named America's first wildlife sanctuary in 1869, the tidal estuary is also a stop-over for thousands of unique migratory birds.
A popular stop for those without wings is Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill, a converted boathouse built right on the lake's edge with serene views of the water, the birds, and the passing gondolas.
A visit to the Grand Lake Theatre is not to be missed. The movie palace is an area landmark whose architecture lives up to its name. Catch a show on a Friday or Saturday evening and an organist playing a Mighty Wurlitzer majestically rises from the floor to give a mini-concert before the movie begins.
Additional Showings by Appointment with the Listing Agent