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Julia Temple & Sanjay Kettels-gilmore present:

Exceptional Dimond home


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Introducing this charming split-level home brimming with original details and an abundance of natural light. Upon entering, you'll be greeted by an open-concept living room and dining room adorned with original hardwood floors, a welcoming fireplace, and an array of built-ins that contribute to the home's distinctive charm. With a desirable separation of space, the upper level boasts two bedrooms and a bathroom.  The beautifully updated kitchen provides delightful views of the expansive yard and an adjacent bonus room previously used as as a home office. Step outside onto the large deck, perfect for outdoor gatherings and cherished Birthday and  4th of July BBQs, alongside vegetable beds yielding fresh produce and herbs year-round. The yard is adorned with an Orange, Pomegranate, and Lemon tree, creating a vibrant outdoor oasis and a second deck!  Unleash your creativity in the basement art studio with the added convenience of one-car garage interior access. This residence seamlessly combines practicality and character, offering a versatile living experience.

Ideally located in close proximity to local cafes and restaurants, such as Cafe Noir, Grand Lake Kitchen, Bombera, La Perla, and the beloved Taqueria Los Comales, along with the sprawling Dimond Park, one of Oakland's largest parks. With easy access to Highways 13 and 580, this home provides the perfect fusion of comfort and convenience. Embrace the opportunity to claim this exceptional property as your own and immerse yourself in the vibrant local lifestyle.

Seller Love Letter

Dear Future Rhoda Homeowners,

In 2014 I set out to buy a home that could be my sanctuary. I was looking for something that would be large enough to house my two half-time teenaged sons, have a large yard for entertaining and gardening, including a space where I could work on my pottery, and be in a neighborhood where I could go on long walks. This house has been all of that and more.

I was able to add two large decks that offered hang-out spots for my epic annual October birthday and July 4 barbeques. With the benches at the edge of the deck and our large outdoor table, we had people from all walks of life eating and laughing and crossing paths twice a year.

The garden beds provided vegetables each summer and herbs year-round for the meals I made in the kitchen. I loved prepping food while looking out the window at the 50-year-old orange and pomegranate trees. The orange tree holds fruit through every season—providing orange zest and juice for drinks and different recipes. The pomegranate has beautiful orange blooms in the spring and then provides hundreds of pieces of fruit at the end of each October. I have for years harvested them and made the juice into syrup.

I was able to create a pottery studio downstairs. I had a wheel and a kiln and the space to make sets of plates and large coffee mugs—that we, in turn, ate from. The built-in cabinets also held a lifetime of art supplies that I collected just in case my sons needed them or I came up with a project to tackle.

I am also a small business owner. Around the same time that I bought the house, I reopened my community research business. Wanting to create a warm work environment, we held brunch staff meetings every Monday morning at the dining room table. I made oatmeal (topped with my pomegranate syrup) or avocado toast (with orange zest and fresh thyme from the garden) along with homemade lattes and we caught up, shared our lives, and did our work—supporting non-profit organizations serving formerly incarcerated youth.

The neighborhood has been a special addition to my life. I have gone on long walks almost every morning up Rhoda to Coolidge to the back gate of the Mormon Temple and up to Joaquin Miller Park. There are beautiful views coming back down the hill and many community “regulars” to say hello to. Our neighbors also look out for one another. Many have lived here for close to two decades. There was a gentleman, John, who lived next door with Alzheimer’s for many years and all the immediate neighbors would help his wife Ina keep a lookout for him to make sure that he didn’t walk too far.

It is bittersweet to be leaving my special place. I didn’t think I would ever move. But I fell in love with Lisbon, Portugal. For a while I thought that I would want to live in both cities. But the pace and ease of life in Lisbon has pulled me in. I only come home a few times a year, so I’ve decided to let someone else enjoy this retreat. I hope you love it as much as I have.

In Community,


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Open Houses:
Sunday 06/02/2024: 2pm-4:30pm 

Sunday 06/09/2024: 2pm-4:30pm

Brokers Tour:
Sunday 06/03/2024: 11am-1pm 

Additional Showings by Appointment:
Contact Julia Temple
(510) 759-3677
[email protected]

Julia Temple


Realtor® Associate

It's a lifestyle!

DRE# 01429857

510.759.3677 mobile


Sanjay Kettels-gilmore


DRE# 02185933

(510) 520-1506 mobile

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3534 Rhoda Avenue

The intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Fruitvale Avenue is the heart of Oakland's Dimond neighborhood, one of the city's most up-and-coming enclaves.
The walkable neighborhood boasts several major banks, two major grocery stores, a pharmacy, and various mom-and-pop businesses. Families appreciate a branch of the Oakland Public Library, as well as Dimond Park and Dimond Recreation Center on Fruitvale Avenue. The Dimond Improvement Association (DIA) is committed to making the tight-knit neighborhood “a vital, safe and beautiful place” for its residents and plans community events -- including the annual Oaktober festival.
Interstate 580 forms the neighborhood's southern border, a convenient perk for commuters. Those who prefer public transportation can use AC Transit's NL bus line, which runs down MacArthur Boulevard and offers transbay service to downtown San Francisco on both weekdays and weekends.

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