26 Eastwood Court
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The adventures of Jessica and Bryan. They wanted a house so what did they do? They lived in a van for two years to save for their down payment. They wanted to live in an architecturally-inspiring home, so they purchased a home that architect Roger McCardle designed for himself and his wife Kathy when they could not find a home that suited their needs and wishes. Jessica and Bryan designed a life for themselves with biodiversity at the core and the intentions of treading lightly on this earth. So what is next? They are moving their now family of 4 to live off-the-grid in the rainforest.
This Bohemian A-frame chalet has fantastic afternoon light that radiates through the wall of glass in the living and dining room. The wrap around front deck is an extension of the house and allows for seamless indoor and outdoor living. Also unique for Montclair living, a level outdoor space perfect for play. Imagine being surrounded by verdant views in a home that honors simplicity, function and form.
Built in 1968
1,384 square foot interior
5,850 square foot lot
Loft space with skylight
Wood-burning fireplace in the living room
Access to the outdoors from front interior spaces
Upper yard to escape to - where Bryan had his hammock
Sewer lateral compliant
Built-in cabinetry in the living room
Sellers installed a grey water system
Located on a cul-de-sac
Close to regional parks and trails
Architect Roger McCardle built this unique A-Frame for his artist wife Kathy in 1968 (you can read about in the 31 Jan 1971 issue of the Oakland Tribune). How we’ve loved the Chalet since moving here in 2013, let us count the ways:
We love the sun pouring into the living room when it passes the redwoods after lunch. Reading in the balcony while the rain pours down. Brightening a cold night with a fire in the fireplace. Eating pancakes on the front porch to a backdrop of junipers in the morning.
We love the Townsend’s warbler that fastidiously examines the juniper every morning, the song sparrow that splashes in the bird bath outside the kitchen, the ruby crowned kinglet that hovers in the ivy, and the hermit thrush that stands sentry by the front door with its cheeks full of firethorn berries. We’ve poured our time and energy into the chicken run, the pergola, and permaculture systems to cultivate a welcoming environment for songbirds and biodiversity all around the Chalet.
We love the vertical zen garden at the back of the Chalet, which was terraced with six tons of rock, natives, and cluster (not running) bamboo. We love the warmth of the stone in the garden, the salamanders hiding under the logs, and the aromas of sage, rosemary, and bay laurel that fill the air.
We’ve loved our experience of the multi-generational Eastwood Court community. The neighbor down the street whose house was always open for tea. The family across with the flat driveway, who always hosted the Yearly Neighborhood Night Out. The couple who allowed us to walk through their yard to cut to the Redwood Regional and Huckleberry trailheads. The children who regularly came over to dance and jump in our living room. The moms and dads who stepped in to take care of our toddler and infant overnight when our au pair was suddenly hospitalized.
We love feeling like we are alone in the mountains then walking over to our neighbors for dinner. We love leaving the house on foot and being in the forest in minutes, running the narrow huckleberry alleys and stopping in hushed cathedrals of redwoods. We love riding down the canyon to smoky tea at Sofie’s and truffles at Le Bon Bon. We love biking with the kids down the Montclair Railroad Trail to the Sunday farmer’s market at Montclair Village, which turns into a full-day affair as we inevitably end up at Montclair Park or Lake Temescal with other neighbors.
We love that our commute into the city begins with a bike ride down Shepherd Canyon, where we can hop on the bus straight to the San Francisco Salesforce Transit Center. We love taking midmorning and sunset walks to the fire station at the top of Arrowhead Drive, and meeting our retired neighbors on our way back. We love leaving our house by bike and riding for hours. We love it here. We love the diversity of life, human, plant, and animal that this place contains.
Our love of treehouses and biodiversity drew us to the Chalet, and now it draws us to the rainforest. At the end of the summer we will move to Panama to steward a reforestation project. In the meantime, we are renting a home some minutes up Skyline, because we are not entirely ready to leave this community, this location, and the life we have created here.
We hope you love the Chalet too.
Tucked away in the wooded hills and winding streets above Oakland, Montclair is a small community with an appealing central shopping district. Sizable custom homes, along with a mix of Mediterranean, Craftsman, and contemporary-style homes are situated on forested lots, offering an elegant retreat from the city.
The Montclair Business District is a throwback to a simpler time before strip malls, megamalls, and big-box stores. Residents can find everything they need, from dry cleaning and groceries to restaurants. Local restaurant favorites include the Montclair Egg Shop, Flipper’s Gourmet Burgers, and Crogan’s Montclair Restaurant. Gourmet specialty items are available at Le Bonbon, and Farmstead Wine and Cheese. A farmers market on Sundays provides fresh local produce and baked goods. Montclair is home to fine-arts festivals throughout the year and a jazz festival in the late summer that enlivens the street scene.
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