Lots of good answers here from local realtors. We're all saying a lot of the same things, so you're getting quality here!
It is commonly believed a room must have a closet to be considered a bedroom. And some appraisers will insist on this being a requirement (though the appraisers can be challenged if it can be shown a room is a legal bedroom without a closet). A closet can always be built. A bedroom has to be a minimum size, have certain window/ventilation requirements, and another bedroom cannot be the only route to it. "Public Records" pulls info from the County. The County pulls it's records from The City of Oakland, in this case.. When a house is built or remodeled, the Building Permits are taken out with the City. When the permits are finalized, the County receives notice of this, and the property description (number of bedrooms etc.) will reflect the change. Also, property taxes will go up according to the new improved value (determined by the County). If someone does not take out permits for say an extra bedroom.. that is where problems develop. If permits are not taken out, the seller has to disclose this, and it is the buyer's job to determine the liability being transferred. The home insurance you obtain could be affected too. I would contact the City of Oakland Buidling Dept.. check the permit history and other records: Community and Economic Development Agency, "CEDA" http://www.oaklandnet.com 510-238-3443 Crocker Highlands holds its value better than a lot of areas of Oakland, but it still has some blocks that are less desireable than others.
ARTHUR G. WHITE, SRES, LL.B.
Sales Manager Red Oak Realty
Broker Associate and RealtorÂ®
Cal. DRE Lic. #01273793
Let me know if you need my advice.
We keep going back to Crocker Highlands because of the appeal of the neighborhood, the different architectural styles, etc.
Please note that a room doesn't have to have a closet to be considered a bedroom as long as it is not a room through which one must go through to go to another room and that it meets that local building codes.
How big is the house --- how many square feet?
How many bathrooms?
How big is the yard?
Off street parking (garage, driveway?)
Email me and I will send you comps, trends so you can see for yourself.