There is no wrong choice at 861-863 Milton Street. This is a house hacker's dream property with a larger upstairs unit and a brand spanking newly remodeled lower unit. Live in one and rent out the other or buy the building with a friend or family member, the only question is: who gets which unit? With both units vacant, every choice is a winner.
Clean and Modern: 863 Milton
The lower unit may be smaller but at just under 900 square feet, it's plenty big. It still has two generous bedrooms, the smaller of which is perfectly suited for the guest room or office space. With ceilings that stretch as high as the sky, the space feels massive. And don't forget, it's all totally brand new. Previously down to the studs, this modern unit is clean as a whistle and ready to host its first residents as a chic, streamlined unit. Showing off clean lines in the sparkling bathroom is a tile lined shower over the bathtub. What meal will be cooked first to christen the kitchen's gas stove, and will it be enjoyed indoors or in the lower unit's private front courtyard?
Spacious and Charming: 861 Milton
Original 1889 Victorian charm in all the right places meets you in the large, sunny upstairs unit. At almost 1,300 square feet with soaring ceilings, stretching out in all directions is a must. With three bedrooms, including a huge attic space perfect for a master bedroom retreat, and a refreshed bathroom and kitchen, the upper unit is a space to love what was while appreciating what is. The bonus room near the top of the entry stairs is perfect for a home office to appreciate the mature trees on the street below. Traditional Victorian details run along the picture rails in most rooms, surround every doorway, and accent the front window alcove with a detailed cornice. Updated where it counts, the kitchen shines with newness from the floors to the painted beamed ceiling. Mirrored in the lower unit, in-unit laundry is off the kitchen so saving quarters and hauling laundry to the laundromat are things of the past.
Both units benefit from private, in-unit laundry rooms off their respective kitchens. The large, shared backyard is a canvas awaiting a green thumb for maximum urban gardening, or maybe a firepit around which neighbors become friends. All winnings are secured behind your touch entry gate lock. Beyond the gate the tree lined street leads you past other renovated homes and to a thriving and growing area with Stay Gold Deli around the corner, Spinning Dough pizzeria just down the street, and a bounty of barbecue including Elve's and Phat Matt's not far from your front door. Venturing another minute or two brings you to all that Oakland's vibrant Uptown has to offer from food, cocktails, and nightlife, to the monthly spectacular that is First Friday. Dinner and a movie is under one roof less than a mile away at The New Parkway Theater. When work calls and commuting is a must, the 19th Street BART station is closer than a mile. When you're ready to break in the new kitchen (in either unit), shopping for groceries is as easy with nearby options like Community Foods Market, Sprouts, and Pak â€˜N Save. The East Bay Bridge shopping center is less than a mile and a half away and hosts twenty-one stores offering whatever you need from clothes, to appliances and furniture, or the materials to make your own furniture, to all that Target offers.
A Word about Opportunity Zones: This property may be in an Opportunity Zone. If this is something that piques your interest, you'll want to make sure it qualifies and talk with your tax professional to see what it could mean for your investment strategy.