This gracious, and very inviting home is located at 2070 Manzanita Drive in the Montclair district of Oakland.  High in the hills on a ridgeline, it captures compelling views of surrounding canyons, hillsides, and Mount Diablo, in addition to filtered views of the city.  

While it is directly adjacent to three nearby regional parks, it is just a short distance down the hill to Montclair Village's shops and restaurants, and access to Highways 13 and 580, and the cities that surround Montclair. 

It was created by designer/builder Martin Davis, and offers 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in an impressive 2951 sf of living space.   

The opening view, in combination with the view above, reveals the truly dramatic effect that has been created by the combination of the soaring, richly colored tongue and groove wood ceilings, and the equally dark wooden floors, that are perfectly matched in color. 

A virtual wall of windows reaches high to capture light and enhance the color of room's off white walls.  Along the far wall, a dramatic central fireplace adds even more effect, enhancing the space for daily living, or entertaining.   

Just outside the living room, is a wide wooden deck that is perfect for hours of relaxation, a pleasant luncheon, or a sunset viewing.   

Directly off the living room, in an easterly direction, is a dining room that offers generous floorspace for a central table, comfortable chairs, and numerous built in storage cabinets for wine, favorite china, and silverware.   

There is yet another, much larger, outdoor view deck just steps away on the other side of the room's wall of windows and sliding glass door. 

A luminous kitchen is to the right, and its placement allows immediate service to the dining room and living room when serving meals and refreshments.  

This kitchen space is effective on so many levels.  The long stone central island provides more than adequate space for meal preparation, and it can act as a serving space for a buffet offering, and it is a perfect eat in counter for casual breakfasts or lunches.  

Amenities here include stone counters, the central island, a dishwasher, a gas range cooktop, and a refrigerator.  

Just steps away, is this large, and very engaging family room that is highly flexible in its use.  Just off the kitchen, it is ideal for casual parties, relaxing conversations, and games. 

It, too, features a gently curved, almost floor to ceiling bay window that captures all the serenity of the nearby hills.  A door to the view deck is at the top left, encouraging easy freedom of movement from the kitchen, to the family room, to the deck.  

A delightful added bonus has been included into the family room-a built in window seat.  Always a favorite location, a window seat invites one to take a quiet moment to appreciate the beauty beyond-perhaps while enjoying a cup of tea, and a good book.  

Just outside, through the large glass doors, is this large exterior deck that completely captures the drama and beauty of the surrounding countryside.   

As will be seen here, and at closing, the home is on a ridge in the East Bay hills, and as such, is surrounded by the full panorama of the expanse from the eastern side of the home with views to Contra Costa County, and Mount Diablo.  

Returning inside, there is one very flexible room on the main level that is seen here.  It is equally suitable for a bedroom, but can just as easily offer service as perfectly placed office, as is seen here.  

There are, in fact, four bedrooms in the home.  Three will be shown for your consideration.

As anticipated, the stairs and stairwell to the second floor are just as engaging as the rest of the home.  

The primary bedroom is located on the second floor, and is truly as compelling as one might expect.  There is space everywhere--from total floor space, space from the floor to the dramatic tongue in groove overhead ceiling, to the additional space that is captured by opening the glass doors to the outside view balcony.

A delicate beauty is added by the gracefully arched window over the bed, and there is an always appealing fireplace to the left.  

Once again, one has access to the exterior beauty from the private primary bedroom balcony.  

The primary bathroom is a study in the range of amenities that can be offered in a luxurious living space.  Lengthy counter space is coupled with mirror lighting, dual sinks, a charming vanity table, walls of storage, and step up shower space with a far wall of views. 

A additional bedroom on the third floor continues the home's design theme of off white walls, and the complimentary pairing of wood ceilings and hardwood floors, and floor to ceiling views.  

For those who will enjoy this amazing combination of rural and city living, this is most certainly the home to consider.  

This view is exceptionally revealing about the overall composition and design of the home from it's easterly aspect, and illustrates its exceptional appeal.  

If this home is of interest to you, please call me with your questions and interest at (510) 517-6280.  It is not one to be missed.  It is being offered for sale for $1,495,000.  

        (Listing Courtesy Of Neal Conatser of Compass)

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