This dramatic Piedmont brown shingle home is imaginative in both interior and exterior design.  Well located at 18 Monte Avenue, it is just moments from downtown Piedmont, and nearby Montclair Village, and offers a total of  4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in a generous 2928+/-sf of living space.   

This exceedingly spacious living room is perfectly designed for entertaining and relaxing, and is flexible enough to meet the needs of an imaginative homeowner who would like to create his/ her own vision of this captivating space.  Light flows in from every angle, setting the room aglow, and the handsome, centrally located fireplace is one of the featured core elements of the room. 

The multiple bookcases around the room offer opportunities for the display of favorite books, art work, collectibles and sculpture.  Be sure to note the extensive, and rich display of wood trim around every widow and door, plus the addition of crown moulding, that reflects the commitment to quality in in this home's construction.  Two large glass doors swing wide to allow access to the classic view porch, that was often expected in a home of this quality and era.

Stepping outside, one finds this charming front porch which is an integral part of the home's original concept.  When this home was built, a front porch for viewing and greeting fellow area residents was a common, and expected, amenity, and similar ones are still seen quite regularly throughout Piedmont.  

 Returning to the interior of the home, and just off the living room, is this very pleasant formal dining room, that is large enough to accommodate a very special dining event, but is still more than suitable for a small, casual, at home meal.  Multiple windows allow in the outside patio view, if desired.  To enhance the dining experience, a built in buffet/sideboard stands ready as a serving site, but also plays a dual role as a place for storage of china, glassware and larger serving pieces. Additional architectural amenities include yet more crown moulding, and full wainscoting.  

 This delightful kitchen is spacious, well planned, and fully ready for entertaining.  It is designed to please the most demanding of cooks, and features amenities that make meal preparation a pleasure.  Included are a double oven, spacious refrigerator, gas/range cooktop, and  a stone counter.  The warmly colored wood floor contrasts handsomely with the light from the bright white walls, overhead indirect lighting, and multiple windows. 

 It is often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and it is certainly true here.  The eat-in kitchen format, and the immediately adjacent kitchen/family room combination, allows guests to share conversation with the busy cook while food is being prepared.  Other items worthy of note include the very impressive gas range/cooktop, and the wide variety of spaces for storage of china, glassware, serving pieces and cookware. 

A view of the welcoming family room illustrates how well located it is to serve many needs.  The breakfast bar is in view, as is an adjacent serving unit that features a small counter for food or drink preparation, and  is topped with an ideal multi-level display spot for glassware.  An appealing sliding glass door allows access to the patio area for those who would like flexibility in moving back and forth from indoors to the outside while dining.

There are four bedrooms in the house.  Three are being shown here for your review and consideration.  Above is this handsome bedroom, complete with a charming window seat that surrounded with a delightful collection of imaginative drawers, bookcases and shelving.  Coupled with cheerful window space, it is a perfect spot for rest and relaxation.  

 This bedroom continues the theme of imaginative and desirable use of floor and storage space.  There is a an ideal spot for a mini office, if desired, complete with bookcase and/or display case.  The windows in this room have views of the Bay area that enhance the total appeal.    

 Yet another sparkling bedroom for consideration.  This has exceptionally wide windows that are particularly effective for viewing the scenic Bay area.  It is also sizeable, and very flexible in its potential design and use.

There are three bathrooms in the home.  All have been updated with care and imagination.  This one is impressive with its cheerful black and white floors, stylish paired sinks, and roomy shower, and is an excellent example of the type of work that was done with the home.  

 Just outside the family room, and steps from the kitchen, is this inviting brick patio area that is well suited for dining, no matter what the time of day.  Here, warm light flowing from the home's windows make it particularly appealing.  

 Stepping up to a second level, it is easy to see the thought and imagination that has gone into the creation of this garden area.  Well established plants and trees combine with the pathways through the garden.  Shown here, a special spot has been established to enjoy both the home and the garden which is equally suited as a retreat or a party area, depending on the decision to be made at the moment.

And, to complete the ideal picture, there is always a view of the Bay area that includes city lights, the Bay Bridge, and San Francisco.  This most certainly sets this home above so many other available homes in Piedmont. 

It is being offered for sale for $2,950,000, and, if this home, or another of similar style or price, appeals to you, I would be glad to assist you in your search.   I can be reached at (510) 517-6280.  I look forward to working with you.  

(Listing Courtesy of Teresa Baum of Compass Real Estate)

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