This impressive hillside home is located in the Montclair neighborhood of Oakland at 5820 Snake Road.  As with all mid century modern homes, it presents a dramatic first appearance, yet it settles in comfortably among the trees and grounds that surround the home.  

Designed by renowned architect Leon Meyer, it offers 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in 1542 +/- sf of living space.   

This home is beautifully adapted to its natural surroundings.  It is enveloped by the beauty of the well established surrounding trees, gardens and greenery, and seems to capture it again, once one enters inside. 

The front door entryway begins to give a taste of the unique architectural concept that this home represents.  The large entryway is enhanced with a pair of tall angular windows.

The living room of the home represents all that is desirable about the mid-century design concept--flat planes, walls of glass, simplicity, open space, and integration with nature.  The room is literally aglow with light.

An additional view of the room reveals the central  fireplace around which many an enjoyable evening's entertaining can be planned.

To the left is a stunning floor to ceiling wall of windows, and the exterior balcony.   

A reverse perspective reveals the drama of the architecture of this home.  A distinctive triangular frame encases a set of stairs leading to the second floor, and separates the living and dining rooms.  Cross beams at every level add both strength and beauty to the living space.  

The dining room is just steps from the living room, and guests can easily move from one area to another when special events and parties are held. 

Additionally, one of the most appealing aspects of these joint spaces is the easy transition to the exterior balcony to enjoy a combination of indoor/outdoor entertaining.  

This softly colored dining room with its pleasant combination of darker hardwood floors and golden colored ceiling is spacious, and can accommodate a congenial dinner party.  Spacious picture windows offer floor to ceiling views of the exterior gardens.  

Just outside both rooms is this expansive wooden deck that is settled in among the trees.  It is a delight, and instantly inviting, and equally flexible as a quiet retreat, or as an extension of the interior living space.  

This pleasant kitchen has been remodeled, and is an ideal workspace for the home chef.  The long stone counters provide a generous workspace for meal preparation.  The counter immediately facing the viewer has a triple capacity--a preparation space, a breakfast bar, and a buffet serving center for casual dining.  

Updated appliances seen here include a dishwasher, built in ovens, and a microwave.  Not seen is the refrigerator and the electric range/cooktop.  

There are three bedrooms in the residence.  Two will be shown for your consideration.  The first, seen here, is the large primary bedroom on the second floor. 

 It can easily accommodate a large central bed and side tables.  Its tall ceilings create an additional sense of space, and the view windows enhance the tranquility of the entire living area.  

Just steps away is this delightful private balcony that sits high above the trees and gardens below- a true treasure as a retreat.   

An additional second floor bedroom, seen here, is highlighted by an imaginative picture window.  (Note: All three bedrooms in the home are en suite)

An evening view reveals the gardens and the serenity they provide.  Also seen here is a delightful cottage, off to the middle right, which can easily serve as an office, arts and craft, or workout space.   

If you would like to make this your home, and be able to sit and enjoy the beauty that it provides, I encourage you to call me promptly at (510) 517-6280.  The residence is being offered for sale for $1,095,000.

(Listing Courtesy Of Tom Anthony of Anthony Associates)

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