Welcome to this one-of-a-kind treasure, a uniquely gracious home nestled in a private, picturesque .96 acre setting. Step into Orinda of yesteryear, yet with all today’s modern conveniences. Originally built in 1942 as a summer cottage, the owners have lovingly expanded and recreated this airy, elegant home while maintaining its original charm.
The grand entry staircase leads to a spacious, covered entry porch, through double doors and into the open-peaked exposed beam living room with high ceilings and plenty of space for your grand piano. Gleaming oak floors, beautiful, stained hardwood trim, refurbished paned wood windows and quality workmanship are throughout the home. A second, smaller living room with a fireplace showcases a lovely antique mantel and two glass display cases. The library a has a built-in cabinet and a special stained-glass window made by the owner. The formal dining room with built-in cabinet opens to the front porch and views of the garden. The primary bedroom and bath open to quiet nature. The large, sunny, eat-in farmhouse kitchen has stone countertops, double ovens, abundant storage and a substantial yet cozy brick fireplace, reminiscent of old European farmhouses. The heritage redwood tongue and groove barn wood ceiling adds depth and history to the delightful kitchen. French doors and windows open to a fenced garden, lawn and pool area with bluestone barbeque patio, the perfect spot for play and parties. The garden offers blooms, fruit and color throughout the year, including mature Japanese Maples, Dogwoods, Apple and Citrus trees, landscaped by esteemed design studio Notable Gardens, Inc.
Downstairs are 3 good-sized bedrooms, all with new wood floors, a full bath and laundry room. One of the bedrooms is currently used as an office with cabinets built into the closet. There’s a huge, carpeted bonus room off the garage, ideal for exercise/yoga, artist retreat or playroom. The large 2-garage has a workshop and sink. The newly sealed driveway provides ample guest parking.
Near commute and Bart, this is a truly wonderful home and property in which to entertain, raise a family, and simply enjoy the beauty and indoor-outdoor living year-round.
Bonus room, approximately 296 sq.ft. (measured by seller)
Flexible floor plan
Solar for the house (seller says no electric bill) *per public tax record