This graceful home, ideally located in the St. James Wood section of Piedmont, is classic in its architectural design (designed by famed local architects Miller and  Warnecke), but has been lovingly upgraded to add even more to its appeal.  It is located at 80 Cambrian Avenue, and offers 4 bedrooms and 3 baths in a roomy 3138 sf +/- of living space.  

The lush green lawn, sweeping corner curve, and well established plants and trees, gives this house a true curb appeal.  Add the classic Mediterranean touches of a handsome tile roof, wrought iron trim, and imaginative entryway, and the concept is complete.  

What a delightful way to greet guests.  Notice the curved iron railings, wrought iron lamp frame, the sturdy and imaginative front door, and the very special arched entryway.

Just the other side of the colorful front door is this graceful entryway that affords richly colored wooden stairs up to the second level, and another set to the outstanding living room.  

 Certain elements make a Mediterranean style home unique, and this room illustrates a great deal of these features.  They include high ceilings, a strong and central fireplace, sturdy wood flooring, and wooden open beam ceilings.  


 A reverse angle of the living room shows the amount of light available from the multiple windows and doors that line the sides, and the imaginative design of the ceiling beams.  A railing to the right leads down to the dining room.  

As seen here, just steps away from the living room is the formal dining area.  Homes of this era were expected to have formal dining rooms to move to after gathering with guests in the living room before dinner.  

 This flexible dining room carries the living room theme of warmly colored wooden floors and beamed ceilings.  It has room for a buffet/sideboard, and a longer dining table. if desired.  The kitchen is just steps away.    

Also close to the kitchen and dining room is this cheerful breakfast nook, which is just perfect for the casual breakfast or light lunch.  Additional charm is added by the pleasant view of the garden.  

 This dramatically updated kitchen should please the chef in the household.  It is hard to deny the glowing ambiance.  Colorful blue and white tiles highlight the very spacious sink and preparation areas, and the brightly colored floors, combined with the white ceilings and overhead lighting, makes this an ideal spot for both cooking and entertaining.  Be sure to note the amount and variety of storage available at every level.  

 This impressive freestanding range/oven is spacious, and also equipped with multiple spaces for storage of the favorite preparation materials and utensils.  

 Adjacent to the kitchen is this cozy office space, complete with windows that open to the outside greenery.  While it is perfectly suitable as an office, there is sufficient flexibility here that it could also serve as a library, study, or arts and craft room.  

 A unique asset to this home is its impressive recreation/rumpus room.  Complete with a pleasant fireplace, rich wooden flooring, and desirable beam ceiling, it is a perfect place for parties and entertaining.  The double doors allow an easy flow from here to the sizeable patio area.  

An amazing "speakeasy" bar is already in place, and ready to begin service on demand.

  There are four bedrooms in the home.  Two are being shown here for your consideration.  This first handsome room is particularly unique in that it is coupled with an outside balcony that features views of the Bay area to enjoy at any hour of the day.  

 What a delightful spot to relax with a cup of coffee and read a favorite book.  Be sure to note the attractive tile flooring with its classic Mediterranean pattern.

 A second bedroom is equally attractive with its rich wooden trim around the windows and floor, a charming built in closet, and engaging views of the gardens.  

Also available is this very comfortable lower level room that is exceedingly flexible in usage.  It could be an office, recreation room, or private study, or just left as it is.  

Stepping outside, a guest will be immediately delighted to find this two pool fountain located among well established trees, plants and greenery.   

A reverse view shows the gardens from another view, and a pleasing spot from which to enjoy it all.  The size, and multi levels of living space in the home is also well illustrated here. 

If this home, or another of similar size or style interests you, I encourage you to call me with your questions and interest at (510) 517-6280.  This home is being offered for sale for $2,595,000.

(Listing Courtesy of Scott Leverette of McGuire Realty)


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