This home is stunning in its initial first impression, and this response carries through as you move from room to room.  Of Mid Century Modern conception, it has been thoroughly upgraded to create this current, and stunning presentation.  As is true with homes of this design, the goal is to invite the "outdoors in" through the use of walls of floor to ceiling glass doors, windows, and skylights. The exposed beam ceilings provides an additional enhancement. This house can literally be said to gleam from these combined effects.  

Located high in the Montclair neighborhood of Oakland, at 34 Ridgewood Lane, it is a private retreat among the hillside trees, and yet is  just moments from Montclair Village, and the desirable shopping and dining of Rockridge and Elmwood.  It offers 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in 2050 sf +/- of living space.  

The truly expansive open space that is available here invites innovative design configurations of the living space.  Here, the front room is anchored with a centrally located, and expansive sofa set that is placed in such a way that both the dramatic fireplace and the media wall can be equally viewed and enjoyed.  This perspective also reveals the surrounding outside deck that is easily accessed for relaxation or entertainment by both residents and guests.  

The far right of the main room reveals this dining area which is perfectly placed for the enjoyment of a formal dinner or casual lunch while seated below the long established trees that shelter, and provide privacy, to the home.  

Just steps away is this gleaming, and marvelously renovated kitchen.  Its centrally placed island provides both a working space, and an eat in dining spot for quick and casual meals.  A spacious bay window over the sink combines with a variety of recessed lighting, and the flat white surfaces of the cabinets and drawers, to create a gleaming, streamlined ambiance.  

A reverse perspective reveals the sliding glass doors to the outside deck, and some of the amenities available that include a built in oven and refrigerator.  The warmly colored hardwood floors seen here are a perfect contrast to the dramatic whiteness of the walls and cabinets.  

There are 4 bedrooms in house.  The first, seen here, is en suite, with sufficient floorspace to accommodate a comfortably sized bed, multiple dressers and chests of drawers, and a bench at the end of the bed.  A  large skylight, that pairs with the sliding glass door to the outside, invites in the warmth of exterior sunlight.   

Just outside the bedroom door is this unique enclosed deck that offers privacy for relaxing, reading, or entertaining.  

A second bedroom continues the theme of exposed beam ceilings, warmly colored floors, and wide window spaces.

The third bedroom has been converted into a office space, and this concept is an ideal usage when all the bedrooms in a home are not required for the residents.  Optional uses of this room could include a study, library, nursery, arts and craft room, or a music room, depending on need.

A handsome set of stairs leads to the lower level of the residence, and to the family room, which could, depending on need, be the living room of guest quarters.  This is easily achieved due to the presence of an adjacent bedroom that is seen below.  Either use would welcome the presence of the sliding glass doors and exterior deck.  

Just off the family room is this pleasant and roomy bedroom that is available for either guests or residents.  

There are two very generously sized wooden decks that wrap around much of the living space at both levels.  Seen above is the deck directly off the living space and  the kitchen that was discussed above.  Once again, note the literal wall of windows that is so clearly seen from this point of view.  There is more than ample space for tables, chairs, and additional seating at this level.  The stairs lead to the lower deck seen below.  

For those who enjoy the solitude, comfort and privacy of the surrounding long established trees and greenery, this home is a delight.

The entry to the home has immediate access to off street parking  for two automobiles, as seen here. 

If this outstanding home is of interest to you, or another has caught your attention, I encourage you to call me promptly at (510) 517-6280.  The home is being offered for sale for $1,085,000.  

(Listing Courtesy of Melody Hultgren of Nova Real Estate)

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