In a time when life was a bit slower, and bigger wasn’t necessarily better, the Friedman family hired Herbert Johnson to design and Vanderbilt Family Builders to build 4247 Gregory Street. Kathleen Friedman has vivid memories of life growing up on Gregory; the dirt and gravel road had no sidewalks and was lined with tractors that reminded her and her brother of dinosaurs. On a good day, her homework was done so she tuned in for the Mickey Mouse Club on tv while mom made fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and corn. Dessert was apple pie made with apples from the backyard. The neighborhood was explored, kids had competing lemonade stands made with homegrown lemons and life was really good when the family hopped into their 1950 Chevy to head to Tucker’s for chocolate ice cream.

The Gregory Street home served the Friedman family well. The milestones that were shared within the walls from childhood adventures at Leona Creek and mom bandaging scraped knees, to Kathleen looking at her wedding-gowned reflection in the old mirror that once hung over the fireplace. This last decade, Kathleen felt great warmth seeing her grown son Derek and his family live in the property after her mother passed away: her grandson, Matthew, (4th generation) was able to play with neighborhood kids and attended Redwood Heights Elementary school a few blocks away.

Before Kathleen could bring this home on the market, she knew she had to honor her mom and dad by polishing this 1952 classic in preparation for the next owner. She and her son, Ryan, decided to have the wall between the kitchen and dining room opened up to create an open concept living space. The kitchen and bathroom were remodeled and the floors were refinished to show their true beauty. Every tile and light was curated to create a happy modern space that gives a nod to its original construction.

Welcome Home:

  • 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom - 1217 sq. ft interior, 5400 sq. ft. lot *
  • Refinished hardwood floors

  • New interior and exterior paint

  • New interior light fixtures and recessed light (with the exception of older recessed lights in the kitchen)

  • New front door lock and handle

  • New front door knocker from Rejuvenation

  • New exterior house numbers

  • New cedar front fence, new concrete block, and river rock paths with the addition of perennial plants in the front yard

  • Long tandem driveway for plenty of parking or hopscotch playing

  • Large detached garage with keyless garage opener for parking, an artist studio, storage or more

  • Fenced-in large backyard with magnolias, new raised garden bed filled with winter edibles and an old apple tree

  • Hidden reading and meditation area in the very back (shhh don't tell anyone)

  • Attic with drop-down ladder for storage
  • Original blueprints

  • Large, flat 5400 sq. ft. lot, per public record

  • 1217 sq. ft. interior, per public record



  • Open kitchen with breakfast bar

  • Quartz counters

  • All new appliances (2017): refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage disposal, range and exhaust hood

  • Recess lighting

  • New (2017) windows and French door to the backyard

  • Oversized tile floor

  • Built-in garbage and recycle cans

  • Oversized deep under-mount stainless sink

  • Marble herringbone tile backsplash

  • Updated some electrical and plumbing while remodeling



  • New double sink wall mounted vanity (2017)

  • Oversized medicine cabinet with built-in lighting

  • New bathtub and Kohler toilet (2017)

  • New ceramic tile floor that is inspired by artisan cement tiles (2017)

  • New subway tile surrounding the bathtub from Import Tile in Berkeley (2017)

  • Humidity detecting exhaust fan

  • Updated some electrical and plumbing while remodeling


Living room

  • Vintage fireplace

  • New recessed lights (2017)

  • Original bay window with view of the hills


Dining room

  • New Luna Pendant light from Rejuvenation (2017)

* per public record


When we moved up to 4247 Gregory the roads were dirt and gravel. No sidewalks or asphalt. There were no houses to the left or behind us.

I remember sitting at the big bay window, (I was 6) with my brother Hal (4) watching the dump trucks, the giant yellow dinosaur-like graders and asphalt trucks making our new street.

We would have parades down the streets with neighborhood kids and have competing lemonade stands from our homegrown lemons.

The architect for the house, Herbert T. Johnson, lived behind us on Gregory. His son, Steve and my brother, Hal were best friends. There were over 50 kids on Gregory, but I played with them lots since they climbed up 20’ trees and slide down the steep hill in front of Steve’s house to Huntington Street.

Before there was a house behind us we’d go in the big empty lot and hunt for lizards and chase the morning cloak butterflies. We’d occasionally find what we thought were ancient fossils or arrowheads.

I remember the flowering sweet peas my dad grew up against the back of the garage and my mother making applesauce and pies from the apples off the tree.

We loved hiking down to Leona Creek and to the stinky sulphur mines in the hills above the fly-casting and trout ponds. We also liked exploring the ruins of the old Laundry Farm hotel that burnt down and following the Leona Trail up to Red Rock, eventually making our way to Devil’s Punchbowl (where Merritt college is now)!

We also had fun walking to the old McGhee mansion that was on the property where the current Holy Names College is now.

I remember walking down the hill to Jack's Market on the corner of High and Tompkins streets for Eskimo pies, and buying a small white paper bag full of candy chews from John Sweets Shop.

I remember my dad driving us down in his 1950 Chevy to watch a matinee at the Laurel Theatre where we munched on the best popcorn ever!

I also remember participating in the Laurel Library summer reading program and frequenting Lady Anne's Bakery where I’d eventually have my wedding cake made.


Redwood Heights

Popular with young families and stable, long-term property owners, Oakland's scenic neighborhood of Redwood Heights brings together the best aspects of a suburban bedroom community with the convenience and variety of a major metropolitan area. 

Redwood Heights emanates a strong sense of community and family. Many families move in and stay for generations, lending to little neighborhood traditions like popping into Hunan Yuan for an occasional dinner, purchasing hand-crafted gifts from Pot-Pourri and taking in Lincoln Square, which has remained relatively unchanged for the past 25 years. Another anchor is the Redwood Heights Elementary School, a top-performing school that has been educating the area's youth since 1949.

Redwood Heights real estate consists of small but stylish 2-3 bedroom residences distinguished by their diverse architectural appeal. While the styles vary from contemporary to classic, the one feature many of the homes share is stunning day and nighttime views of the sparkling San Francisco Bay.

The community loves the Redwood Heights Recreation Center because it offers a great range of programs for tots, teens, and kids in-between, including gymnastics, guitar, karate, ballet, beading and cake decorating. Classes for adults include aerobics, ballet stretch, Tai Chi, yoga, karate, folk dance, and music. Avenue Terrace (AKA Jordan) Park is another popular recreation spot that offers swings, basketball hoops and a play structure.

Bordered by Highway 13 and Interstate 580, just above Mills College and the Laurel District, home to Holy Names University, Redwood Heights is central to t



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