(OAKLAND, Calif.) Oscar-winning lead actor Mahershala Ali recently purchased a majestic bungalow in Oakland's North Hills neighborhood.
Ali, who was born in Oakland and raised in Hayward, and his wife — producer/actor Amatus Sami-Karim paid roughly $200,000 over asking, according to the East Bay Times.
The beautiful, 2,100 square feet bungalow was built in the 1960s and features four bedrooms and three bathrooms with hardwood and tile floors, lofted wood-paneled ceilings and several skylights. An attached two-car garage sits in the front of the wood-shingled house, with a small set of steps to the back patio and front door.
The main level, which has a hefty fireplace in the living room, is framed with glass walls that connect the seating area to the eating area. The kitchen is outfitted with stone countertops, a decorative copper range hood and all stainless steel appliances. There are three of the four bedrooms on the main level, including the master suite which features a tile bath equipped with glass-block accents, dual vanities and a shower/tub combination.
The lower level is outfitted for visiting guests with an en-suite bedroom, a full kitchen and a cozy family room with a red brick fireplace and floating hearth. The lower level also features sliding glass doors out to the balcony.
Additionally, the quarter-acre plot is perfect for summer dining with a beautiful outdoor deck overlooking Oakland's downtown and regional parks.
After growing up in Hayward, Ali attended Saint Mary's College in Moraga on a basketball scholarship under the name Hershal Gilmore. After becoming disenchanted with the treatment of athletes by the administration, Ali became focused on theatre.