This classically styled Piedmont brown shingle home located at 226 San Carlos Avenue is exceptionally appealing, and, among its many outstanding qualities, it offers outstanding curb appeal.  The peaked roof, spacious windows, and extended balcony, are complemented by the multiple windows of the sun room to the right, and the charming duplicate peaked roof of the garage. The home has 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths in approximately 2509 sf of living space.  

Well located in central Piedmont, it offers views of  downtown city lights, and proximity to downtown Piedmont, nearby Montclair Village, and Rockridge shops and restaurants.    

A great deal of thought has been put into the design of this home to assure that it is as warm and welcoming as possible.  The wide, glass topped front door opens onto a spacious entryway, and adjacent to this impressive living room.  A sparkling ambiance is created by expansive view windows that lead to the outside gardens.  Overhead, the original beamed ceilings and beaded board paneling around the room reveal the planning involved. 

 A reverse view shows the engaging ambiance of the room with views towards the inviting sun porch, and the unique fireplace.  Handsome, warmly colored hardwood floors complete the picture.  What a delightful place to entertain friends.

The fireplace with its cozy side benches is worthy of note, and not seen in many homes today.  It is called an Inglenook fireplace, and its original design goes back to earlier Northern European homes.  

Moving further, the pair of stylish French doors lead to this delightful sun porch.  While it is currently being used as an office, with its handsome bookcases adding to the ambiance, it could just as easily be converted to its original use as a sun porch, and become a delightful place to view the gardens, rest and relax, and perhaps serve tea to guests.  

Just off the sun porch, is this gracious and inviting formal dining room.  All homes of this era were expected to have a formal dining room, and this one certainly meets that criteria.  Rich wood trim, and multiple glass doors combine with the beam ceiling to make this a perfect place to entertain.  Also expected, and equally impressive, is the built in buffet sideboard to the right.  

A reverse view shows the living room, sun porch, multiple view windows, and space for a cozy window seat, if desired.  


 Yet another perspective of the dining area gives an excellent view of the buffet/sideboard with its multiple level storage space for your favorite serving pieces, glassware and china.  The glass doors to the outside deck suggest the possibility of formal tea or luncheon, where guests could use the table as a spacious buffet, and move in and out freely to enjoy their food.  

As might be expected, this house will have an excellent kitchen to compliment all the various dining areas both inside and outside.  This delightfully updated space has a charming kitchen coupled with a desirable island work space and seating area.  It is inviting and cozy, and features a stone counter, a freestanding range/oven, soft overhead lighting, and an adjacent pantry.  

Adjoining the kitchen is this comfortable eat in kitchen area that is ideal for a casual lunch or a quick evening meal.    

 A reverse view, looking out from the kitchen, shows the very spacious family room just adjacent to the kitchen-a perfect combination of rooms that makes meal preparation and entertaining a breeze.  Be sure to note the doors to the outside deck that offer access back and forth to the kitchen for al fresco barbecues and luncheons.

A full view of the family room reveals a delightful, and very flexible space.  Besides its cheerful ambiance, its multiple bookshelves and storage spaces are ideal for storing and displaying family books, collectibles, and art pieces.  


There are 3 bedrooms in the home.  Two separate bedrooms will be shown for your consideration.  The first, shown in the two pictures above, reveals two views of the first bedroom, complete with a door to the outside view balcony.  The generous size of this room invites many imaginative design concepts for its use.  


The second bedroom is equally delightful, and it, too, features multiple view windows, a warm ambiance, and a very appealing covered exterior balcony that is just perfect for a private morning retreat.  

This expansive and attractive landscaped yard owes much of its appeal to the well established trees, plants and greenery that have been carefully cared for.  

What a pleasure it is to be able to sit outside on this delightful deck and enjoy this serene back yard.  


 This closing view shows a full perspective of the rear of the home, its size, and the variety of garden plants and trees that are available.  The home is a gem, and is awaiting a new homeowner.  It is being offered for sale for $2,295,000.  If it interests you, or you have questions about it, or other similar properties, please call me at (510) 517-6280. I look forward to working with you.  

(Listing Courtesy of Anian P. Tunney and Adrienne Tunney Krumins at The Grubb Company) 

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