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Deidre Joyner presents:

Live in a Piece of Art

2201: $675,000 | 2207: $449,000
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When the Popovic sisters inherited their family home owned since July 1969, Zarka – the middle daughter and project manager – was compelled to stay in her beloved family bungalow. Research revealed that this property was zoned for a 7-unit building, however that would mean losing the coveted garden that is full of sun and mature fruit trees, so the decision was made to convert the space into a 3-unit condo conversion with a small space for Zarka to keep. This labor of  love took 6 years to complete and was funded by family and friends.

These 3 artistic Oakland women are creatives and the Coloma condos are fine pieces of craftsmanship blending the vintage 1910 original construction with modern upgrades.

Bozena: the oldest, whose medium is watercolors, acrylics and oil, had her art featured at the Oakland Museum of California in 1973. She sold her very first watercolor of a Victorian house to the then Oakland High School principal. 

Zarka: who has an affection for film and photography and is an active Dimond resident, organized a volunteer, donated goods and services tree planting in the nearby business district from Lincoln to Canon on MacArthur and from Dimond Park to International Boulevard back in 1992. Her passion for the environment and strong conviction to reduce waste and conserve energy is present in many of the choices and features in this development. She is a graduate of the Water Leaders program. She also procured the public art at the corner of Lincoln and MacArthur and has a long history of neighborhood involvement, learned as a child at Sequoia Elementary School.

RatkaMira: is one of the people who started The Crucible in West Oakland. She created the first piece fabricated at the school and it is now installed in the Lake Merritt Horticultural Gardens.

All three daughters have fond memories of picking fruit in the backyard on Coloma Street and helping their mother make plum jam. Each child learned to prepare salad with fresh green garlic and lettuces plucked from the garden. And, while the yard provided a bounty of fruits and vegetables, what everyone enjoyed eating the most was their favorite dessert, Palacinke, a delicious fat Balkan crepe stuffed with nuts or cottage cheese, topped with sour cream and sugar and baked for crispness.

It is hard to choose which unit is more enticing and these 3 talented women created a stunning piece of art that lives like a home.

2201 Coloma Street

  • Elevated top floor flat
  • Old front door with patina lion’s head door knocker 
  • 1,070 square feet approx. per architectural drawings, owning 50% of the building
  • Formal living room
  • Formal dining room with built-in
  • Photovoltaic solar system
  • Large kitchen with quartzite counter from Best Marble in San Leandro, freshly painted vintage cabinetry and built-ins, Wedgewood stove that came from a neighbor on Lyman Road 
  • The light fixtures were mostly from Urban Ore and the pair of hanging lights in the kitchen is from Ensler Lighting in Berkeley (the best place for historic lights in Zarka's opinion).
  • In-unit laundry
  • Tankless water heater
  • This unit has been pre-plumbed to add a half  bath adjacent to the kitchen (in the bedroom closet area)
  • Passthrough bathroom with vintage floor and chrome-legged pedestal sink that was restored by the Sink Factory in Berkeley, and new marble modern tile tub surround selected to compliment the preserved bathroom
  • Off-street tandem parking
  • Refinished floors
  • Antique door handles were mostly installed by their father and are not original to the home
  • French door to the private deck, (donated from a contractor friend)
  • Interior was painted with Benjamin Moore Natura (low VOC) paint in 2019
  • Use of the communal backyard and garden

2207 Coloma Street 

  • 709 square feet approx. per architectural plan, owning 33% of the building
  • A combination of a reclaimed mahogany door and windows, and custom African Mahogany windows made by Frameworks. Frameworks also constructed the new jambs and frames for the entry and sidelight doors.
  • Reclaimed mahogany kitchen cabinetry with metal counters
  • Sub Zero refrigerator and oversized Viking range
  • Concrete floors - the flooring is a passive solar design concrete top slab as an insulator beneath.
  • Soaring 12.5-foot ceilings in the open living space
  • The interior doors are doors that their father had salvaged
  • In-unit laundry
  • Updated bathroom
  • Tankless water heater
  • Loft space for storage or hanging out
  • Interior was painted with Benjamin Moore Natura (low VOC) paint in 2019
  • Dedicated front deck
  • Use of the communal backyard and garden
  • Tandem parking available

More notable features, (All work noted below has been done over the last 6 years)

  • Seamless 50-year metal cool roof
  • Replaced foundation, the foundation has a 25% fly ash mix (reused material)
  • Updated electrical and plumbing
  • The brick parking pad was constructed out of bricks from the old chimney
  • The gravel is from American Soil in Richmond
  • Appliances, kitchen cabinets and bathtub, front door and sidelights in unit 2207 are from The Reuse People, also in Oakland. They supplied the kitchen and bathroom sinks in 2201 along with the washer and dryer and the door for the communal garbage room door.
  • The exterior siding that was installed on the new buildout is mostly salvaged clear redwood
  • Ultra Touch Denim Cotton batt insulation in attic of 2201 and in all exterior and ceiling of 2207 from Coast Building Products in Dublin
  • Raised garden beds handbuilt by Zarka and RatkaMira and are upcycled from the cement form boards used to construct the foundation
  • Rain barrels at the downspouts
  • Fenced in backyard
  • Greywater plumbing to yard and sewer
  • Trellises in the rear yard are redwood salvaged from RatkaMira's yard
  • Each unit has separate gas meter, water heater and utilities

Fruit trees in the shared backyard:

  • Italian plum  
  • 4 Santa Rosa plum
  • 3 Meyer lemon
  • Quince
  • Hazelnut
  • Prickly pear
  • 6 Concord grapes vines 
  • Fig
  • Pomelo
  • Pear
  • Blood orange
  • Orange


  • Walk Score® 92
  • Blocks to Dimond Park that is fun for play, swimming pool and the hiking trails
  • Neighbors enjoy the annual Oaktoberfest
  • Transbay terminal bus-lines are close by and BART is located down Fruitvale

For more check out, https://www.dimondnews.org/

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Contact Deidre Joyner
(510) 693-4253
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Deidre Joyner

Red Oak Realty

Realtor® Associate

DRE# 01451749

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