Oct 282016

If you’re okay with being transported to the Mediterranean— while just over the hill from Oakland in Orinda— I think you’ll like what you see, feel, and soak in here at this beautiful home on Moraga Via. My shopping for clients has recently taken me through the Caldecott tunnel for homes in our wonderful and amazing valleys west of Mt. Diablo in Lafayette and Orinda. What I’ve found in my searches for homes in these neighborhoods has been a journey that grows more and more interesting as these serene locations reveal themselves to me. The canyons and the hillside forests;  the sprawling valley views where Mt. Diablo pokes out above the tops of nearer hills; the seasonal creek beds just recently flowing with water; and probably most of all, the free spirit of the bay area alive and well deep up into the windy streets of many of these suburban oases. Please be sure to click on the photo above and take your time clicking through the photos of this charming home in the MLS listing. Needless to say, it’s one of the high end examples and its attention to luxury (and perhaps some regal history) is perhaps another world for many. But its setting on a half acre with its embrace of the valley lifestyle just seems to be an extension of someone’s dream— a dream that may be exactly yours, or maybe not. It’s just cool to see yet another thread in the local tapestry, this time valley-style.

Oct 282016

This is one of those homes built in our own age (2016) that will come to represent our era, and perhaps in many ways it’ll represent our values. This is a “green rated building” with hydronic heated floors, Fleetwood windows, a rare 5-bridge view from its hilltop perch, an elevator to ease the burden of traversing its three floors and over 3600sf of living space. 3bd/3.5ba and appointed with the best materials and fixtures, this one will delight you with its quality and luxury. It’s a beauty!

Aug 122016

There is quite a storied history of this home in Oakland’s Hillcrest Estates, and if the fame of Cooperstown, NY means anything to you then that part of the story adds a whole bunch to the lore. But the home on its own is really an amazing local treasure. Built in 1980, this home was designed by the renowned architect Aaron Green whose resume includes his collaboration on 40 of master architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s projects. He was an associate architect for the Marin Civic Center and was Frank Lloyd Wright’s west coast representative for his firm Taliesin Associated Architects. What you’ll see here is an incredible custom home of over 5000sf set on a 2.66 acre lot with a gated entrance, tennis court, swimming pool, expansive bay views and a design based on a central axis that will dazzle any visitor. Please click through and look at the rest of the pictures and prepare to be amazed at this wonderful Oakland home whose legacy is truly legendary.

Jul 142016

Yes, yes… I had to include two photos for this one because this home in the Oakland hills really fits closer to a luxury retreat than simply a home. Sitting on a half acre lot with some views to the bay and city lights this gorgeous home includes 5 bedrooms and 5 full baths with an in-law AND a separate guest cottage, also a waterfall, spa, sauna, etc. It just seems to have it all. Built in 1989 in the Italianate style, it’ll entice and enchant you as you flip through the photos. Better yet, let’s go check it out in person! A beauty!

Mar 242016

Just a magnificent Tudor-style here built in 1937 on a three quarter acre lot. And yes, it has a pool. And yes, it also has a 1bd/1ba guest house on the property. Yes, wow! The words that come to mind are stately and classic. It seems Queen Elizabeth herself would be pleased to visit here and see one of the California versions of the English estate kept so nicely as this one. Note that in addition to the 3900sf of living space this estate offers there is also an additional 375sf laundry room and a 675sf garage. The guest house itself is 511sf. What a stunning place! Just listed on March 17th and sure to go quickly.