This elegant estate has been home to diplomats and dignitaries, and has hosted many a chic soiree behind its wrought iron gates. Set above Oakland and the Bay, it is a peaceful oasis with plenty of comfort found amid the sophisticated style.
A semi-circular drive, large graceful trees and water features of fountains and birdbaths, along with the tranquil setting, make the perfect introduction to this lovely home. At the entrance, a grand foyer welcomes visitors to the formal floor plan with a custom marble inlay, handsome hardwood floors and a stately staircase. The living room is spacious and gracious; arched windows frame the verdant views, and an ornate fireplace is a lovely focal point. The dining room is dramatic, and has a small sitting area off to the side that could be a library, reading nook or the perfect spot for a piano.
The eat-in kitchen has a marble floor, stainless appliances and a bay window over the sink to enjoy the amazing views of the back yard. A large laundry room/pantry has the convenient features of a sink, cabinets and a tiled counter. The family room has a fireplace and bar sink, along with nice built-ins, and a French door leading to the full-length deck outside.
Upstairs are four bright bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The bedrooms in the front have a filtered view and lots of light. The master bedroom has a bay view, a fireplace and a luxurious en suite bathroom with a big walk-in closet. There is a private balcony off the bathroom with a view of the ponds and surrounding woods.
The lower level is a wonderful surprise: a huge mediterranean-inspired guest suite offers its own dining area, kitchen, living room, bedroom and bath (with sauna) and French doors to the patio and garden. It also has level-in access to the three-car garage.
Finally, the pièce de résistance is the elaborate, stunning back yard. A grand stairway leads from the upper deck to the stone patio, which takes you to a winding cobblestone footpath amid the redwood, rhododendron and mulberry trees. There are several levels with nooks for rest and reflection, and three tiers of ponds with a 17-foot cascading waterfall uniting them. A small guest cottage with a wraparound deck is set off to the side. It has a kitchen and spa-like bathroom, skylights and amazing views of the wooded canyon. At the bottom of the path is a jacuzzi surrounded by a redwood grove. Set up against Redwood Regional Park, the views from the 1-acre property are truly spectacular, and the landscaping of bougainvillea, daylilies, lavender, rosemary, boxwood and ferns complement the setting in a gracious and fragrant way.
Though located at the top of the Oakland Hills, it is only minutes from shopping, schools and freeway access. The combination of urban amenities and the peacefulness of nature is irresistible.
Luxury, privacy, glamour and tranquility make this the ultimate sanctuary. This is the civilized life!