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Here is a one-of-a-kind Julia Morgan, designed with a more contemporary flair than many of the homes for which she is famous. Circa 1938, the home has the feel of a romantic French country house, with balconies and French doors opening to gravel patios and the enchanting level garden. A curved driveway takes you to a parking area and the first view of this magical home, screened by an abundance of flowering vines and shrubs. The side pathway leads to an elegant entrance hall, opening to the spectacular living room which looks out to the garden and the dramatic dining room, so charming and intimate yet spacious. Surrounded by mature plantings, every window offers private, tranquil outlooks.
The first level includes a remodeled kitchen with family room with fireplace, pantry, powder room, plus a bedroom and bath.
The master bedrooms suite is indeed glorious….very generously proportioned with French doors overlooking the garden, a fireplace, two dressing rooms and an updated bath. Two bedrooms on the south side with adjoining baths have access to a sunny balcony. In addition there is an upstairs library with built-ins and another room suitable for office/art studio/bedroom, easily accessed by a 2nd staircase.
In addition to the ample parking, there is a two-car garage and garden shed. The location is fabulous, just a block from the playing fields/tennis courts and convenient bus access. For the discerning buyer…..a world unto its own!
Piedmont, a two-square-mile city within the borders of Oakland, was incorporated in 1907 and was known then as “The City of Millionaires” because there were more millionaires per square mile residing there than in any other U.S. city. Today, their large, estate-like homes are still standing in the heart of Piedmont, reminding residents of its glitzy past. Homes in Piedmont range from those estate-like homes in central Piedmont with expansive grounds to more modest homes on the edges of town. Well-manicured landscapes prevail and the city’s stringent permitting guidelines ensure all of the homes maintain their original flavor. The commercial area of town is small, featuring several banks and one gas station. Mulberry’s Market, a specialty food store with ready-made meals, caters to gourmet taste buds and is the frequent morning coffee stop for parents and after-school hot spot for kids. Piedmont’s proximity to Oakland’s many big-city amenities ensures Piedmonters will not miss out on the latest restaurants or first-run movies. The sense of community is strong, as witnessed by the large turnout for the annual Fourth of July parade that happens each year down Highland Avenue. The Piedmont Recreation Center offers a central gathering place for residents. Available for rental, it is the frequent setting for community events and parties. The beautiful grounds provide a wonderful place to hang out and play, and the wooded trail connecting the Center to the high school is the best place to take your dog to play. A casual carpool zone on Oakland Avenue, along with proximity to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District buses, offer workers convenient commute options. Pride in community involvement and village living are just a few of the reasons people love to live in Piedmont.