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When Bob called me about listing his home, I was immediately taken back to being in 3rd and 4th grade when I would walk less than a block from Redwood Heights Elementary School to 3927 Reinhardt Drive. Here a garage was converted to a dance studio and La Verne Strelo taught many neighborhood girls tap and ballet. When Bob and his family purchased this home back in 2004 from the Strelo family the property looked like a well-preserved snapshot from 1980, nevertheless he was taken by the potential and had a vision of its possibilities.
Fast forward to present day and the Connecticut flagstone walkways bordered with healthy perennials and trees embrace you and the calm of the water feature in the front garden serenades you as you go up the front steps. Inside there is a polished relaxed vibe with open dining and kitchen,separate living room with views of the hills, and a rear den with fireplace off to the kick ass backyard. The backyard is a work of art with hand-stacked rock retaining walls, lush mature plantings that provide movement, texture, edibles, a water feature, benches for meditation and/or relaxation and a soccer field with turf complete with spotlights for nighttime play. At the rear of the house is an old mini cabin with electricity and adjacent is a planting bed that Bob has conscientiously added dropped leaves for years to prepare the bed for a vegetable garden.
For the last 16 years Bob and his boys, Miles and Mason, have relished in the space both indoors and out. When the boys were in elementary school, Bob could stand on his porch and watch them walk to school. The oasis that Bob created for his family to appreciate fine landscape design while honing their soccer skills with friends was priceless. The luxury of having a great separation of space to have time alone and together all under the same roof, what a blessing.
Redwood Heights takes its name from a former logging road that winds into the Oakland Hills. Homes range in style and include Tudor, Craftsman, and French Normandy, with some homes built in the 1920s. The Redwood Heights Neighborhood Association is dedicated to preserving a sense of community through events such as block parties and barbecues. The Redwood Heights Recreation Center is used by locals of all ages for weekend gatherings and classes including dance, cooking, and karate. Peralta Creek's 9 acres of creekside have been designated as wildlife corridor. A neighborhood nonprofit Native Environment Watershed Transformation (NEWT) orchestrated the Peralta Creek restoration and leads creek field trips for local school groups. Redwood Regional Park offers nearly 40 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails through 1,380 acres of redwood, evergreen, and chaparral forests and open space.