This dramatic mid-century modern home at 58 Crest Road has been impressively enhanced by renowned architect Phred Starkweather into a warm and glowing treasure that offers a very spacious 4111 sf +/- of living space that includes 4+ bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms.  Extremely well located, it is just moments from the shops and restaurants of Montclair, and a short distance from central Piedmont schools.  

This home reflects the key architectural features that are so desirable in a mid-century modern design--walls of glass windows, simplicity of design, and integration with nature both inside, and out.  The curb appeal is truly dramatic.  Note the centrally peaked roof  below which  are multi-paned windows that reveal the warmth of the interior.  The inviting central stairway has a glass panel to the right which separates the stairs from the truly enchanting, and multi-colored garden plantings.  

There are so many exceptional elements to be seen here.  The living room is surrounded by open window space that reveals lush gardens and greenery outside every window.  It is especially luminous from the warmth of the sunlight that enters.  

Although the living room floor space is adaptable enough to create a variety of potential floor plans, the one above shows an outstanding use of space, with softly cushioned seating that settles against the window, and allows views of both the fireplace and the extensive dining room space directly across the room.    

 The sweeping flat planes and design lines of the living room reflect the simple classical appeal the mid-century style of architecture.  Directly ahead is a central fireplace that will offer warmth and drama to both the living and dining area.  The whiteness of the walls is complimented with the rich warm color from the plank oak flooring that is in place through both the living and dining room.  

A view of the very spacious dining room reveals the flexibility that this room offers.  True to form, expansive windows on each side provide a sunny ambiance, while the open floor plan encourages a variety of floor plans for either elaborate, or more relaxing, entertaining.  Note the lengthy shelving under the left window which could easily provide a spacious serving surface for meals. 

Just steps away from the dining room is this gleaming gourmet kitchen featuring all the amenities that should please the most demanding of chefs.  An immense waterfall island is perfect as a breakfast/lunch dining area when formal dining is not required, and can also double as a spot for guests to converse with the cook, as meals are prepared.  

Among the amenities featured here are Viking and GE appliances, a gas range/cooktop, built in oven, refrigerator and walk in pantry.  Sliding glass doors provide access to the expansive rear gardens and deck and pool area.  

 Moving to the sizeable outdoor deck area, there are multiple opportunities for quiet relaxation or outside entertaining.  

A full length view of the solar pool and companion hot tub at dusk reveals the dramatic impact that they make as the central element around which the home is built.  Many of the rooms in the home open out onto this stunning tableau. 

Returning to the home, this cozy room has so many potential functions.  It fits perfectly configured as a media room here,  but would be equally ideal as a small family room or reading room. 

Awash with the glow of the opaque windows, this office space is roomy, and flexible in design.  It, too, can serve another purpose, if an office is not needed.  Perhaps an arts/craft room or library as an option.  

 There are four + bedrooms in the home.  Two are being shown here for your consideration.  This first room above is exceptional in size and promise.  With windows onto the pool and hot tub, the effect is dramatic.  

Close by is this striking bathroom with a spacious counter with twin sinks, each of which is topped with a lighted mirror.  To the right is an expansive shower with bench  This room opens to the outside pool area.

A reverse view of the bathroom above shows a delightful bathtub which invites a relaxing soak after a swim.  

A second bedroom continues the theme of multiple window views to the gardens and the outside deck area.  Simplicity is still the key here, and it is nicely matched with the softness of the outside greenery.

An exterior view from the outside at dusk, reveals all the many opportunities available for those who enjoy entertaining. Wide decks, solar pool and hot tub, and the inviting kitchen and dining area are just a few of the choices available to welcome guests.  

If this home, or a similar one is of interest to you, I encourage you to call me with your questions and interests.  It is being offered for sale for $4,800,000.  I can be reached at (510) 517-6280.  

(Listing Courtesy of Heidi Marchesotti of BHG Highland Partners)

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