Situated on approximately a lot and a half, this one-of-a-kind property boasts dramatic interior and exterior spaces heightened by expansive views over the City to downtown and the Bay Bridge. Many of the original 1930â€™s details were retained in the recent contemporary upgrade and redesign of the property. The current expanded design of the residence was created out of the studied marriage of contemporary lifestyle functionality and aesthetics with a sensitive appreciation for the rich ambiance of the original period scale and details. The new design has a few overall guiding principles; the dramatic use of both natural and artificial light with an overall emphasis on the display of art, a great variety of rich textural materials, ease in functionality and flexibility in plan for changing priorities. The potentially disparate attitudes converge beautifully in an unexpected new whole.
The grand scale of the original FORMAL ENTRY and STAIRCASE with the new dramatic art focused recessed light system set the stage for what is to come. The original wrought-iron work has been maintained along with the gracious staircase design and enhanced with new Brazilian walnut on the stairs, travertine tiled entry floor, a custom integral color clay wall finish, and a large skylight flooding the stairs with natural light.
An UPPER FOYER at the top of the stairs provides transition between the front formal great room and the newly reconfigured more open plan of the rear view living/family room, central core kitchen and casual dining room as well as the ½ bath/powder room, laundry/pantry and two bedroom suites.
The scale of the entry is continued in the front formal GREAT ROOM, currently used as a formal DINING ROOM / LIBRARY / MUSIC ROOM, maintaining all of the original details…barrel vaulted ceiling, parquet hardwood floor, over-scale fireplace, plaster accent moldings and arched five window bay… all adding drama to the space for great entertaining.
Moving to the rear view side of the house the design takes a decidedly more contemporary yet no less dramatic or detailed attitude. The area continues the Brazilian walnut floors. A step soffited ceiling height of 9â€™-9” and massive skylight infuse the LIVING/FAMILY ROOM with its own dramatic warm center before opening up to the sweeping window bay taking full advantage of the Corona Heights/Downtown/Bay Bridge and Bay view. The bay overlooks the expansive park like rear garden corridor as well with an access door to the top overlook landing of the spiral stairs rear garden access.
The sweeping view is counter balanced with opposing walls of custom cerused oak display, AV equipment and fireplace cabinetry including a concealable 52” plasma screen over the faceted granite fireplace surround. The room is specifically designed for optimum AV performance with surround sound system and sound insulating double wall construction on the east property line wall. As most every space in this property, this room is designed as a feast for the senses; visual, tactile and in this case audible as well.
The KITCHEN is open and central to the main floor for convenience and entertaining in the contemporary lifestyle with the added convenience of a bar-b-que deck, pantry and central laundry room. The kitchen incorporates a continuation of the striking cabinetry design from the rear living/family room combining cerused oak and every imaginable custom storage space with the latest in appointments such as: a full height pull-out pantry, microwave and appliance garages, an integrated Sub-Zero bottom freezer drawer refrigerator, under counter beverage refrigerator, two top drawer Fisher-Paykel dishwashers, 5-burner Fisher-Paykel stove top, Gaggenau island exhaust hood and Fisher-Paykel combination convection oven. The floor is mosaic marble tile and the backsplashes are a combination of art design and mosaic tiles.
The open plan central core of the 2nd floor including the kitchen is enhanced by the integral color clay wall finishes in the casual dining area on one end and the living/family room on the other.
The CASUAL DINING area has more custom cerused oak built-in buffet cabinet storage, a sliding plantation shutter screen between kitchen/dining area and a large area for dining, currently seats eight to ten as furnished.
There is a jewel box of a POWDER ROOM serving the main 2nd floor living area. Itâ€™s design was inspired by the original 1930 bath and incorporates new custom tile work including original salvaged aqua green tile combined with a rich combination of deeply hued and various patterned mosaic glass and trim tiles. The combination of natural and accent lighting with the color and textures in the room create a very dynamic space not to be forgotten by guest.
There are TWO BEDROOM SUITES on the main 2nd floor level, one at the front of the house and one at the rear, both spacious and light with barrel window bays. The front suite bath with a large skylight is bright with light and mosaic tile color (the animal tiles in the tub/shower alcove can likely be removed to change the look if desired). This bath has a deeper soaking bathtub/shower in arched alcove, vanity and tall cabinet storage and backlit vanity mirrored wall. The rear suite, currently used as a sitting area/guest room, has extensive downtown views from the sweeping window bay. Itâ€™s bath has a mosaic marble tile floor, a closet and shower stall.
The PENT-FLOOR houses the private spacious MASTER SUITE ablaze with daytime natural light from numerous skylights, expansive views, built-in storage and display cabinets, custom bed side tables with master lighting controls, duel walk-in closets each with skylights and efficient storage cabinetry and a large bath with more custom storage.
The MASTER BATH design features plantation shuttered wrap around downtown views at the dual sink vanity, three mirrored vanity wall concealed storage cabinets, heated tile floor, frosted glass paneled steam shower room with operable venting sky light and water closet each with glass tiled walls. In addition there is also a roof garden framing the view and providing additional privacy for the room. You wake up to view of the morning sun on distant museum rock hill, can greet the sun rise from the master bath views to the East Bay hills and go to sleep with the shimmering city beneath your elevated retreat. This is truly a room with a view in a world of itâ€™s own you can spend countless hours enjoying both night and day.
At the 1st floor level the entry foyer also leads to a hallway continuing the entry travertine tile and connecting to the front garages, the rear FAMILY/PLAY ROOM with fireplace, game table area, informal entertaining KITCHEN and DECK overlooking the maple/olive tree grove gardens. The family/play and game room also has a private side entrance from the side vestibule garden deck. There are two bedroom suites on this floor as well.
The 1st floor LARGE REAR BEDROOM SUITE overlooks the maple/olive tree grove and rhododendron garden down to the lawn area. Its en-suite bath has a shower and large walk-in closet with garden outlook. The SMALLER BEDROOM SUITE has a side vestibule garden deck outlook and private side entrance (ideal for office or au-pair) as well as an en-suite bath with tub/shower.
The 1st floorâ€™s plan was specifically designed to allow maximum flexibility in its function. The current owners have used it in multiple configurations; as a separate private one bedroom unit and separate private office and a design studio in garage #2; currently as two office suites and family/play room. It is permitted as a legal one bedroom unit. It was constructed for maximum sound insulation with one foot of space between 1st floor ceiling and 2nd floor framing.
There is a SECOND LAUNDRY AREA on this floor and stairs leading to a FINISHED BASEMENT with approx. 1200 square feet of storage and a garden patio work area under the deck. This level appears perfectly suited with several ideal large wine cellar areas.
The home has TWO INDEPENDENT ONE CAR GARAGES for easy parking. Garage #1 has lots of additional storage space with some built-in shelving. Currently garage #2 is built-out as a home office/studio space. The current owners will return the space to automobile storage if the buyer would like. (Remove cabinets, carpet and garage door translucent screen. Replace garage door tracks and opener)
The refined and detailed interior spaces of this residence are complemented beautifully by the extensive recently re-landscaped park like rear garden. With it extra large proportions and isolated interior block location this garden affords a cloistered privacy that belies it urban location. This garden with its 50 - 60 yr old mature olive grove recently imported from the gold country foothills was a true engineering feat of landscape installation. The mature 500+ lb trees were transported thru the 1st floor thru a 12ft x 16ft hole in the rear of the residence, hoisted and dropped down a ramp into the lower garden and then moved by shear manpower into place. Being too massive to lower into holes manually the grove walls were then built-up around the trees in place.
The result is an amazingly private sheltered evergreen but not too densely dark shade garden with itâ€™s curving walls and meandering flagstone path thru the variety of grasses, rotating blooming natives and perennials, the old camellias and brilliant rhododendronâ€™s. The garden is further screened from the over looking neighbors with a thick densely verdant hedge of bamboo and English laurel. Down the garden at the far end of the winding path the secluded lawn area opens under the very old apple tree, thought to be 100 yrs. At this spot of surprising secluded sun you barely sense the house or see the neighbors.
The description “one-of-a-kind property”, a much overused phrase, is carefully applied here. What has been said about this house: “itâ€™s a continual unfolding of surprises”, “itâ€™s not to be taken in with one sweeping gesture but savored piece by piece each building on itâ€™s self like a good novel or a great meal“ and “Itâ€™s an emotional house with real soul”.
From its quieter traditionally detailed Spanish Marina Style street presence thru its contrasting richly executed spaces to the very private peaceful park like garden this property has a refined and impressive quality equally dramatic and contemplative. It was not created as a spec house and although it has all the high end upgrades expected it does not look or more importantly feel like a spec house. It is truly an unusual property for the unique and discerning buyer.
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Downtown/Bay Bridge Views, Formal Entry and Staircase, 5 Bedroom Suites with Private Baths, View Master Pent Suite w/Duel Walk-In Closets, Great Room (Formal Living/Dining Room) with Fireplace and Barrel Vaulted Ceiling, Open Gourmet Main Kitchen with Informal Dining, Rear View Living/Family Room with Fireplace, Unique Custom Tiled Powder Room, Family/Play Room with Informal Kitchen, Sophisticated lighting system with emphasis on the display of art, Extensive Private Garden with Mature Olive Grove, Rhododendron Collection & Sunny Lawn Area, Semi-Detached with Windows on Three Sides, Approximately a Lot and a Half, Lot, Extra Large (approximately a lot and a half; about 34'x148' or 5, 038 sq. ft.), Structure, Extensive Foundation and Structural Retrofitting, New Roof, New Electrical and Plumbing, New Dual Furnaces, All New Windows w/ Exception of 2nd Floor Front Bays, Sophisticated Art Focused Low Voltage Lighting System, Entry, Dramatic Scale w/Original Staircase w/Period Wrought Iron Detailing, 10'-4" Ceiling Ht, Travertine Tile, Custom Integral Color Clay Wall Finish, Grand Scale Skylight at Stair Landing, Great Room, Dramatic Scale, Barrel Widow Bay, Barrel Vaulted Ceiling 11'-1" Ht @ Peak, Inlaid Walnut Parquet Flooring, Grand Scale Fireplace, Cable Lighting System, Living/Family Room, Downtown and Bay Bridge Views, Barrel Window Bay, 9'-9" Soffitted Ceiling Height w/ Grand Scale Skylight, Brazilian Walnut Flooring, Fireplace w/ Faceted Granite Surround, Custom Cerused Oak Cabinetry, Concealed 52" Plasma Screen Television and Media System, Surround Sound System, View Balcony w/ Rear Garden Access, Powder Room, Elaborate Custom Tile Design Incorporating Original Bath Tile & Glass, Mosaic Tile, Custom Marble Vanity, Skylight, Kitchen, Zodiac Quartz Counter Tops, 9' Ceiling Ht, Fisher-Paykel 5 Burner Cook-Top, Fisher-Paykel Combo Convection Oven, Fisher-Paykel Top Drawer Dishwasher (2), Integrated Sub-Zero Bottom Freezer Refrigerator, Under-Counter Beverage Refrigerator, Trash Compactor, 3 Silstone Sinks/2 Disposals, Instant Hot Water Dispenser, Filtered Water Dispenser, Concealed Microwave Cabinet, Full Ht Pull-out Pantry Storage, BBQ Deck w/Gas Line to Built-In Marine BBQ, Custom Marble Mosaic Tiled Floor, Art & Mosaic Tiled Backsplash, Plantation Shutters, Casual Dining Area, 9'-3" Ceiling Ht, Custom Built-In Buffet w/Linen Storage Drawers & Zodiac Quartz Top, Built-In Stereo Speakers, Laundry/Pantry, Fisher-Paykel Washer, Laundry Chute from Master Pent Suite, Laundry Sink, Folding Counter & Cabinets, Pantry Shelving, Front Bedroom Suite, Southern Exposure, En-Suite Bath:, Custom Mosaic Tile Design, Arched Tub/Shower Alcove, Extra Deep Soaking Tub, Tall cabinet & Vanity Cabinet Storage, Backlit Vanity Mirror, Rear Bedroom Suite, Downtown/Bay Bridge View, Windows on Two Sides, Custom Mosaic Tiled Floor, Shower, Penthouse Master Suite, Dramatic Wrap-Around Views, Dual Walk-In Closets w/Extensive Storage Cabinetry and Skylights, (Moroccan shuttered window recessed in West Closet wall niche for tie storage not included in sale. Niche to be delivered finished in sheetrock.), Custom Built-In Side Tables w/Lighting Controls @ ea bed side, Roof Garden, Master Bath:, Wrap around vanity city view, Custom Double Vessel Sink Vanity & Mirrored Wall Cabinets, Large Shower / Steam Rm w/Operable Venting Skylight, Frosted Glass Partitions & Glass Wall Tiles, European Wall-Hung Toilet Water Closet, Heated Tile Floor, Family / Play Room, Garden View, Deck w/ Garden Access, Hardwood Flooring, 9' Ceiling Height (Note: 1 foot of sound insulation space between 1st floor, Ceiling and 2nd floor), Gas Fireplace w/Heat Displacer, Full Informal Kitchen, Game Table / Dining Area, Additional Private Side Vestibule Entrance, Garden Bedroom Suite, Hardwood Floors, Walk-In Closet, Vestibule Bedroom Suite, Side Vestibule Garden View, Additional Private Side Entrance, En-Suite Bath w/ Tub/Shower, Garages, (2) Side-By-Side Garages (One Garage is currently outfitted as a Design Studio and can be delivered as is or emptied for garage car storage use), Basement, Over 1200 sq ft of Storage, All New Floor / French Drain System w/ Sump Pump Drainage, Rear Garden Patio Work Area, Gardens 3, Rear Garden, Private & "Park Like", Extra Large, Extensively Landscaped, Mature Olive Grove, Rhrododendren Collection, Sunken Walled Path Garden Area, Terraced Sunny Lawn Area, 8 Station Irrigation System, Featured in 7 x 7 Magazine, April '08 Issue, Roof Garden:, Naturally Wind Resistant, Natives & Grasses, Drip irrigated, Side Vestibule Garden:, Shade Tolerant Plant Palette, Fountain, Drip Irrigated.
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