Make sure that spring arrives early this year with this exceptional Vintage Hills home that projects a nuanced blend of sophisticated Bay Area living in an incomparably tranquil setting with innovative modern luxury. Sprawled across three thoughtfully designed levels, every living space manifests a distinct character while feeling open and spacious, yet still private. Nestled amongst towering redwoods on one of Pleasanton’s quietest courts, the beautifully landscaped 11,200 square foot lot occupies a prime piece of land, convenient to all local attractions, parks, and schools, and is packed with opportunity for grand-scale entertaining, leisure, and recreation. Inside, delights abound, from the swoon-worthy kitchen with its premium appliances and showcase island to the family room with wet bar and the compelling magnetism of the formal living room with its one-of-a-kind fireside chat area.
If Punxutawney Phil popped up in this home’s beguiling front yard, there’s no way he would return to his lair even for another minute. Your guests will be similarly riveted when they first lay eyes on the fairytale exterior of this home with its peaked rooftops, generous front lawn with a tempting garden bench, and fancifully shaped windows. The front door with compelling cut glass inserts and sidelight beckons you, “come closer”, but perhaps not before you explore the peerless neighborhood, home to three parks within easy walking distance and award-winning Vintage Hills Elementary School. Even Historic Downtown Pleasanton, with its boutiques, locally sourced restaurants, and year round events, including the Farmer’s Market and festive summer concerts, is an acorn’s throw away. Enjoy the cloudless skies and fruits of many local vineyards, all in the shadows of your own redwood mini-forest. Ah, California…
Enter this spectacular residence on its street level, invited by the entryway’s tile floors and pendant lighting. In a welcome nod to tradition, a formal living room is sequestered on this level, its vaulted ceilings and skylight greeting visitors and family alike, luring them into its cozy environs. This comfortable space is characterized by plush carpeting which extends up and over the cozy benches surrounding the sunken seating area in front of the towering stone fireplace. Distinct yet far from isolated, this space opens to the front yard through a gigantic picture window and to the dining room on the level just above, which shares the warmth from the fireplace and from the inspired conversation. Luxury cars also find suitable accommodations on this ground level in the deluxe three-car garage with its abundance of storage, convenient to the rest of the house.
Nearly as large as Pennsylvania itself, the main level hosts a plethora of spaces each with their own gravitational pull. The beating heart of a happy home is often the kitchen, so we’ll start there. Around the continental center island, hors d’oeuvres at the ready, the chef de cuisine will thrill at the winning combination of copious granite slab countertops, unrivaled storage options, and first-rate lineup of stainless steel appliances. These streamlined workhorses include a state of the art Samsung fridge with French doors and dual drawers, premium Bosch dishwasher and double oven (so convenient for Thanksgiving!) plus a first quality gas range built right into the island top. Dirty dishes keep a safe distance from fresh veggies, thanks to the separate prep sink in the island and the oversized stainless sink with gooseneck faucet backed by a garden window with a view. Durable tile floors and recessed can lighting are not only fabulously practical, but also tastefully elegant. Splashed with sunshine, the eat-in nook is almost a cliché of harmonious family life, its corner windows providing a vantage point for supervising the spirited adventures of children in the backyard. The adjacent formal dining room seats eight comfortably, if you care to cook for that many, under its vaulted ceilings and Rococo chandelier.
No one needs a meteorologist to predict where family members will congregate to binge watch the latest Netflix series, play video games, or even enjoy a craft cocktail or two. A convivial and bright meeting place with French doors to the backyard, adjoining the kitchen nook, the multi-faceted family room is both state-of-the-art and traditional. Past meets future in the juxtaposition of a lovely fireplace, its classic white mantel accentuated by the addition of a large flat-screen TV built into the wall above. Surround sound completes the movie theater experience (once you supply the popcorn). Plank hardwood flooring is family friendly and aesthetically pleasing, gleaming in the plentiful light from the many windows. Complementing the shine is the slab granite and stainless steel of the wet bar with its full banks of oak cabinets and wine-bar inspired hanging storage for glasses.
Imagine being Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day” and waking up every day to a repeat of the previous morning. Now, imagine that the first thing you lay eyes on each time is this home’s exemplary backyard. Not so bad, eh? The antidote to any tedium of daily life is right in front of you: this multi-faceted yard has everything to make each new day a fresh beginning. Whimsical hilltop sitting area? Check. Space to cultivate your green thumb? Check. Waterfall with mermaids? Check (actually, you’ll have to supply the mermaids, but the waterfall is already there). There is even an integrated outdoor fireplace to gather round, sharing stories and laughter on a starlit night. Spaces for grand-scale entertaining abound, including the broad wooden deck with bench seating which extends from the main floor bedroom and an expansive patio connected to the family room. Each area is large enough to house a complete set of patio furniture, or for your toddler to practice for her career as a stunt double. The generous sweep of lawn provides a softly cushioned proving ground or alternatively, a dreamy spot for an afternoon nap. Surrounding it all is the magical landscaping, incorporating roses and native shrubs into their native habitat amidst sky-scraping redwood trees and a captivating hillside garden. A garden shed keeps tools and supplies neatly tucked away.
If the weather hints at six more weeks of winter, you might want to retreat to your burrow. Not only does this home offer venues for joyous togetherness, it also boasts exceptional places of repose, notably its four serene bedrooms and three accompanying bathrooms. On the bustling main level, the quiet yet spacious bedroom is a secret hide-away. With a full wall of stately cabinets and display shelves, this oasis might suggest at first glance a distinguished library or office, but with its plush carpeting and sliding doors to the deck, it could easily double as a cheerful guest room or playroom. The neighboring bathroom on this floor is convenient, polished, and full-service with a shower/tub combination surrounded by rosy tiles, smooth cultured marble countertops and oak cabinets. A comprehensive laundry room with extra counter and storage space is nearby, and anyone with children will understand our placing emphasis upon its most triumphant feature: this laundry room has direct outdoor access to the patio. Just imagine the possibilities.
When the daytime shadows lengthen, the embrace of the beautiful and well-appointed bedrooms on the uppermost level will come as a welcome relief. Ascend the carpeted stairs to the loft-like landing with a skylight and discover a nuanced world of relaxation and rejuvenation. You’ll never want to spend another night in a bed and breakfast after you’ve slept in the gorgeous master suite with its special sitting area and warm gas-powered fireplace. Extra-high vaulted ceilings create a sense of limitlessness, augmented by light cascading through the sitting area’s bay windows, twin bedside windows, and the reflection of the mirrored doors to the outsized closet with its comprehensive array of organizers, drawers and shelving. The slim flat screen TV above the mantel and recessed can lighting add contemporary flair to the peaceful Zen-inspired décor. The newly remodeled master bathroom echoes this refined simplicity with its arched entrance and matching above-tub window and crisp white cabinetry. Two sinks share the expansive cultured marble vanity, beneath an enormous dressing room-style mirror. A tall linen cabinet keeps towels and more at the ready, preventing drips whether you’re stepping out of the separate soaking tub or the glass-door shower onto the custom tile floors.
With their sunny constitutions and tailored ease, the remaining upstairs rooms are mirrors of this property’s elegant effortlessness, adding on valuable square footage and private dens for other family members. Sharing the home’s ubiquitous signature features, including raised panel doors, energy bill friendly dual pane windows, designer interior paint, vertical blinds and custom baseboards, these plushly carpeted retreats encourage an enthusiastic reception. Both bedrooms face the backyard with picture window views and have full closets. The adjacent guest bathroom also overlooks the yard, with tile flooring in front of the shower/tub combination and toe-friendly carpeting for those chilly mornings in front of the cultured marble vanity.
So, help the groundhog’s prediction on February 2nd this year come true: despite the weather, spring is expected soon! The stunning architecture of Mother Nature is almost no match for the intrigue of this incredible property, and there’s simply no better place to watch the roses bloom than your own miraculous backyard. Please call Jim Lavey at (925) 846-3755 to schedule an appointment today. He’s certainly not afraid of his own shadow and he can’t wait to introduce you to the best way to wake up every morning in eager anticipation of the day.