This handsome home has been a showplace on Sea View Avenue in Piedmont for many years.  Its appeal is enhanced by the spacious, stunningly designed private pool in the rear.  Located at 228 Sea View Avenue, it offers 4 bedroom and 4 1/2 baths in an exceedingly spacious 4847 +/-square feet of living space.  Designed by Albert Farr, who is responsible for much of the architecture around Piedmont's city center, it surprises at every turn.  

This exceptionally attractive entrance, topped with a balcony above, is complimented with the architectural trim all along the exterior of the home.   

A generous and gleaming entry hall greets visitors, with multiple doors opening to an attractive variety of rooms, and a stairway to the second floor.  

As with all homes, particularly this era, the living room is designed to be welcoming and comfortable.  So many elements make that possible here.  The immediate first impression is the amount of warm light flowing in from its many handsome and decorative windows.  Floor to ceiling windows bring light in, and allow appealing and restful views of the outdoor gardens.  


The careful attention to detail is shown throughout the home, and is reflected here.  The very detailed and dramatic crown moulding above, the rich wood trim around all entrances and windows, coupled with the rich wooden hardwood floors, are good examples of the concept.  

As would be expected in a home of this caliber, there will be a dramatic and formal dining room for special occasions, or entertaining friends.   From the attractive French doors opening onto the room, to the elegant ceiling decor and uniquely created glass cabinet waiting to store your best glassware, this room seems perfect.  

Just steps away from the dining room is the imaginatively designed and upgraded kitchen.  Again, the ceiling, with its dramatic cross beams commands attention, as do the multiple doors and windows that encourage views and movement between the kitchen and family room, to the spacious pool and patios outside.  An island, with a stone counter, doubles as a eat-in site, as well as workspace.  

This very spacious kitchen was designed to offer just about every amenity that would please a serious chef.  From gleaming double ovens, and a gas range/cooktop, to a roomy refrigerator, and plentiful working space, it is a perfect spot for both cooking and entertaining. 

 Immediately to the left of the kitchen, is this cozy room that is just a perfect place to sit and relax and converse with the chef, or just enjoy the sunlight from the French doors that open onto an engaging seating area on a balcony that overlooks the pool.  The view below is what is seen by doing so.  

 We will return to the pool later, but first, a tour of more of the living area.


 The master bedroom is expansive, and is designed to be a quiet spot for a retreat--complete with a cozy fireplace, and private patio just outside the doors that lead to yet another view balcony.  

Because of its size, this room allows a great deal of flexibility in its purpose and design. 

 An additional bedroom offers super warm wooden floors, handsome wood trim, and is immediately adjacent to a room, seen below, which could be converted into multiple uses--from a workroom, a reading room, office, or whatever else might suit your needs.  

This pleasingly flexible room has an additional plus-it sits above the pool with multiple windows that open up to include the view of the garden, patio and pool.   

And yet another charming bedroom that includes a welcoming pool and garden view.  

An additional plus that is special is the very well thought out guest house over the garage.  It offers kitchen, living and bathroom amenities, and a variety of design opportunities.  

Moving to the rear of the home, this stunning pool complex is something that reflects the talents and imagination of Albert Farr.  The house is built around this pool, with balconies, windows and doors that encompass it at every level. 

What a delightful place for enjoying a wonderful afternoon or evening.  Private, yet open to the captivating garden and surrounding trees, it invites one, no matter what time of day.  


This luminous home is truly a treasure, both architecturally and historically.  It is being offered for sale for $3,950,000.  It this home, or another in Piedmont, is of interest you, please call me with any questions or interest.  I can be reached at (510) 517-6280.  I look forward to speaking with you.  

(Listing courtesy of Anian Tunney, Coldwell Banker Residential)


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