Project Willow, West Oakland

Oakland, California
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  • Oakland, California
  • There's an amazing story behind the owner's purchase of this property a year ago: Approaching the previous owner—a bordering neighbor—the new owner was looking to buy a small easement into her back yard, where she hoped to build a tiny home eventually.

    Looking the imposter up and down, the previous owner said, "Lady, you think you can come over here and buy a piece of my land? Well, I ain't selling you a piece of my land—I'm selling you the whole g*d-damn house!"

    "You see that you come here next Friday," she went on, "with a realtor, a lawyer and four hundred thousand dollars in cash and the house is yours. But if you're not here, I don't want to see you ever again."

    Realtors, lawyers and loansharks were consulted; the appointment was kept. I am working on a front yard fence in reclaimed wood with planter boxes.

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    Modern home with Outdoor, Front Yard, Side Yard, Vertical Fence, Garden, and Wood Fence. Workshop in progress Photo  of Project Willow, West Oakland

    Workshop in progress

    Modern home with Outdoor, Front Yard, Trees, Garden, Flowers, and Wood Fence. Front zen garden planter boxes taking shape. Photo 2 of Project Willow, West Oakland

    Front zen garden planter boxes taking shape.

    Modern home with Outdoor, Front Yard, Gardens, and Raised Planters. The weed patch out front is on its way to becoming a zen garden bordered by planter boxes twinned with a timber fence. Photo 3 of Project Willow, West Oakland

    The weed patch out front is on its way to becoming a zen garden bordered by planter boxes twinned with a timber fence.

    Modern home with Bedroom. "Blueprint." Photo 4 of Project Willow, West Oakland

    "Blueprint."

    Before: The weed patch out front is on its way to becoming a zen garden with a fire-pit, bordered by planter boxes twinned with a timber fence. Photo 5 of Project Willow, West Oakland modern home

    Before: The weed patch out front is on its way to becoming a zen garden with a fire-pit, bordered by planter boxes twinned with a timber fence.

    Modern home with Outdoor, Front Yard, Gardens, Walkways, Raised Planters, Wood Fence, Horizontal Fence, and Wire Fence. Cherry on top (from the trees bordering the north side of the house); making hay while the sun shines—chose your metaphor. Photo 6 of Project Willow, West Oakland

    Cherry on top (from the trees bordering the north side of the house); making hay while the sun shines—chose your metaphor.

    Modern home with Outdoor, Side Yard, Garden, and Gardens. Side yard before. Photo 7 of Project Willow, West Oakland

    Side yard before.

    (Thieves paid a visit one night during the year that Project Willow lay dormant.) Photo 8 of Project Willow, West Oakland modern home

    (Thieves paid a visit one night during the year that Project Willow lay dormant.)

    Ladies and gentrification: When I get around to posting a Yelp  review of Trouble Coffee—which is opposite Project Willow—this is how it'll read: "If you want wifi, generic coffee and bland service, go to Starbucks. But if you're looking for some attitude, refuge and the best Americano I have ever tasted in the US, look for Trouble." Photo 9 of Project Willow, West Oakland modern home

    Ladies and gentrification: When I get around to posting a Yelp review of Trouble Coffee—which is opposite Project Willow—this is how it'll read: "If you want wifi, generic coffee and bland service, go to Starbucks. But if you're looking for some attitude, refuge and the best Americano I have ever tasted in the US, look for Trouble."

    Trouble Coffee Co., West Oakland, California Photo 10 of Project Willow, West Oakland modern home

    Trouble Coffee Co., West Oakland, California