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Carefully-integrated landscape steps spill from the front entrance of this early-1930s Oakland cottage;  note the witty mixture of variegated stone and brick in the retaining walls, which are original to the home.  Festive awnings and a touch of wrought iron enliven the facade while, in a bit of masonic mischief, the base of the lovingly-crafted chimney is literally “bursting at the seams”.