My Piedmont and Oakland Real Estate Adventures. History, Architecture and Homes

This dramatic Mid-Century Modern home is located high atop the hills of Berkeley at 21 Bonnie Lane, and provides an outstanding view of all that the SF Bay area scenery has to offer. 

Located just below Grizzly Peak Boulevard, and the desirable trees, trails and activities of Tilden Regional Park, it is still just moments from the shopping and dining that North Berkeley and Solano Avenue have to offer.  It features 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in approximately 1,722 sf of living space.  

 Just outside of the windows is a panoramic view of San Francisco, Oakland, the Bay Bridge, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the entire SF Bay.  What a joy to be able to sit on the outside porch and enjoy every minute of the day, and the changing seasons, from this

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This stunning French Country style home appears to be arising out of the wisps of sunset fog, revealing all the charm that would be expected in a home of this genre.  Sitting above a private drive, and capturing the broad expanse of the Bay area panorama below, it is an impressive and desirable residence.  

Located in central Piedmont at 319 Mountain Avenue, it is just moments away from all of the amenities that make Piedmont special in terms of schools, playgrounds, and  the ever popular Mulberry's Market.  It offers 3 bedrooms and 3 bathroom in approximately 2,205 sf of living space.  

Just above the home is this private, and lushly landscaped lawn and gardens.  Long established trees and hedges surround, and enhance, this marvelous

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This visually stunning home, located at 6961 Elverton Drive in Oakland, is warm and welcoming for both residents and guests, and offers imaginative architectural elements in virtually every living space.  Above, the living room, cozily centered around a decorative fireplace, offers a gracefully arching open beamed wood ceiling, and virtually floor to ceiling view windows that reveal the expansive Bay area view below.  

Located in the Oakland hills of Montclair, it provides 3 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in 3683 sf +/- of living space.  Close to Montclair Village, it is just moments away from the popular shopping and dining venues of Rockridge and Berkeley's Elmwood district.  For those who enjoy biking and hiking, the tree lined trails of Tilden Park,

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This glowing living area is spacious, welcoming, and designed in such a way to take advantage of the expansive Bay area views below its desirable Berkeley hills location.  Located at the aptly named 1457 Olympus Avenue, it is perfectly placed to make use of all the amenities provided by North Berkeley shopping, the University of California, and the nearby Lawrence Hall Of Science.  For those who enjoy hiking and biking, it is directly below Tilden Regional Park and other nearby regional parks and preserves.

 It offers 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in approximately 2375 sf of living space.  Seen here is the upper floor that has been conceived  to create the maximum visual impact of the panorama below for both residents and guests.  One of its most

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This remarkable sweeping view is available 24 hours a day, year round, from a home that has just gone on the market at 42 Villanova Drive in the Montclair neighborhood of Oakland.  Included in the panorama is Mt. Tamalpais, both the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge, San Francisco Bay, and the cities of San Francisco and Oakland.  The home offers 5 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, in approximately 3607 sf of living space.  

While it might seem remote from all below, it is in fact close to everything that the Oakland hills can provide.  Just above Skyline Boulevard, and adjacent to the Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, the house's location is close to the many hiking and biking trails found in the Oakland hills.  Close by are the popular shops and restaurants of

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This elegant and engaging home is comfortably settled among the warmth and charm of shade trees, green grass and handsomely trimmed hedges.  Located in the pleasant Crocker Highlands neighborhood of Oakland at 1048 Sunnyhills Road, and one block away from popular Crocker Highlands school,  it is exceptional.  It offers 3 bedrooms  and 2 1/2 bathrooms in approximately 2623 sf of living space.  

Just moments from the favored restaurants, shops and activities associated with Rockridge, Montclair, and the Grand Avenue and Lakeshore districts, it is not far from Highways 24 and 580 that lead to San Francisco, Oakland, and Contra Costa County.  

The set of steps to the door, and the paired wrought iron railings, combine to guide the visitor

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This splendid home is found in the hills above Oakland in the desirable Sequoyah Heights neighborhood at 7609 Hansom Drive.  It offers 4 bedrooms, and 2 1/2 bathrooms, in approximately 2126 sf of living space.   It has been conceived in such a way that it effectively functions as a year round home and recreational retreat for residents and guests. 

That concept becomes apparent when viewing this expansive view of the exterior of the home.  Features included, and seen here, are a spacious, and upgraded, in ground lighted pool and heated spa, a built in barbeque, a large cobblestone patio, and, as revealed here, extensive plants, gardens, greenery and flowers.  

A second perspective reveals the extensive commitment that has been made to

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This very handsome traditionally styled home is what is expected of homes in the Crocker Highlands neighborhood of Oakland.  With its spacious front lawn, well established gardens, and shade tree, it reflects a pleasant, yet subtle elegance.  Located at 1044 Hubert Road, it offers 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms in a very spacious 3087 sf +/- of living space. 

Close by are the popular shopping and dining and shopping areas of Montclair, Grand Avenue, and Lakeshore Avenue.  An added plus is that it is located just one block from Crocker Highlands School.  

 The entrance to the home reflects the effort made to make the entrance an attractive introduction to the home.  Steps up to the residence provide a place on either side for colorful

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This inviting home, at 1519 Westview Drive in Berkeley, with its exterior view balconies and expansive glass doors and windows, is high above the city in the Claremont hills, and offers sweeping Bay area views of San Francisco, Oakland, The Golden Gate and Bay Bridge, and Marin. 

While above it all, it is close to all from the many amenities that make living in these hills unique--The University of California, the delightful shops and restaurants of nearby Elmwood, Claremont, Rockridge and Montclair neighborhoods.   It provides 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in approximately 2376 sf of living space.  

This can truly be called a sweeping view of the Bay area.  Facing directly west, it is sure to provide some stunning sunsets, as well as a daily

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Located in the Ridgemont neighborhood of Oakland, this handsome home has undergone an exceptional updating which has resulted in this impressive and spacious 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom residence seen above.   Located at 6280 Viewcrest Drive, it is well placed, and just minutes from the many amenities that make Oakland so appealing. 

Close to the Oakland Zoo, Mills College, Merritt Community College, and the hiking trails of Redwood Regional Park,  it is not far from the Highway 13 and 580 interchange, providing efficient transportation north to Oakland and San Francisco, and south to Castro Valley, and over the Dublin Pass to the Tri-Valley area.  

The curb appeal here is remarkable.  Lush green grass leads to a pair of small shade trees and

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