Elegance, privacy and discretion magnificently hide the abundance of amazing surprises awaiting the fortunate visitor to this special property. The mature landscaping, expansive lot, deep set-back from the street and private off-street parking make this one of the most private properties in Piedmont. The property has been beautifully restored and enhanced over the last fifteen years, creating a compound where the living is, indeed, very good.
An understated entry quickly opens to the arched doorway and vaulted ceiling of the breathtaking living room. A wall of glass catches the first views of the gardens and the opposite wall features a stately fireplace centered between classic formal bookcases. The dining room follows the same wall of glass offering the ability to widely open both rooms to the inviting breezeway and patio beyond. The dining room also offers custom built-ins for enhanced china storage. A solid mahogany door creates passage into the grand open family living space of the kitchen, breakfast room, family room and ‘control’ center.
The soaring ceiling encompasses and unites the spaces here as a massive island delineates the kitchen area. The kitchen design reflects the best of materials, from cabinets, hardware and stone to appliance options, the quality is exceptional. Features include a 60” Wolf range, dual dishwashers, two Subzero refrigerators and separate Miele coffee/tea beverage center. The walk-in pantry has cherry counters and beautifully designed storage. The breakfast room has a built-in banquette into a corner of windows and a fireplace. Adjacent family area has 13 feet of sliding mahogany doors that completely disappear, plus a custom cherry TV storage cabinet and wet bar. Hidden from the main area is the very clever ‘control’ center and mud room with 5 individual lockers and huge blackboard message center. Interior garage access, laundry room, full bath and well-appointed desk are all just steps away.
A gracious wide gallery connects three bedroom suites on a separate wing of the home. And, while the lovely original sliding doors and garden balcony still exist, the bathrooms are all newly remodeled. One bedroom features a built-in captain’s bed and desk, and another has a room sized closet. The master suite includes a very large custom cherry closet with additional vestibule and dressing area. The spectacular master bath has a vaulted mahogany ceiling, dual vanity, double shower, large soaking tub, private toilet room, built-in TV and exquisite fixtures and finishes. Below on the patio wing, a bluestone lanai connects a private office with large built-in desk and custom storage to the perfect Pub next door. The Pub feels truly authentic with a bar to pull up to, table, booth and patio seating, dual televisions capturing sports action and a model train circling the upper wall. A large capacity wine cellar can be glimpsed behind a portal at the back of the bar and windows swing open to provide bar service for an outdoor gathering of friends. Around the lanai or across the garden, an inviting outdoor kitchen stands at the ready. Complete with top of the line appliances and custom finishes, the space includes a heated dining room, stone fireplace and cozy inglenook. A wall of sliding doors open the entire room to the garden and pool. Whether entertaining a crowd or enjoying private family time, the space is private and magical.
The guest house on the property has fireplaces in both the living room and bedroom, a full and half bath, kitchen and laundry. A separate newly built outbuilding referred to as the ‘barn’ has sliding barn doors on two sides, a large central work or play space, fun loft for childhood sleepovers and a half bath. Its’ proximity to multiple fruit trees, the vegetable garden and chicken coop might just be responsible for its’ moniker but a versatile sport pad, bocce court and trampoline provide endless options. The highlight of the back garden is a story high fountain that marks one end of a special birch walkway.
Whether entertaining a crowd or enjoying family time, this property is private and magical. It is a rare opportunity to own one of the Bay Areas’ finest homes.