This exceptional home, located at 71 Lakeview Avenue, Piedmont, features all of the best elements of immediate curb appeal. While the building is stunning architecturally, it is also surrounded by well thought out gardens that only highlight its stature.  Offering 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths, its Mediterranean design is immediately apparent in its beautiful tile roof, wrought iron decorative railings and balcony, and tiered gardens.  

This graceful stairway to the house, features handsome brick steps, and two curved entryway pillars that are just perfect for vases filled with decorative plants.  Further up, matching wrought iron railings surround a very spacious entryway.  

 The dramatic front door of glass and elaborate wrought iron trim, opens onto a warm and welcoming entryway that encourages immediate entry into the family room, or stepping up to the upper level on the curved wooden stairway.  

A turn to the right by visitors will reveal this exceedingly spacious living room that is comfortably centered around an impressive fireplace with its exceptional mantel.  As with all homes of this era and design, a formal living room was expected and appreciated as an ideal spot for entertaining guests-whether for tea in the afternoon, or relaxing around the fireplace on a cool winter evening.   

A reverse view points out the multiple windows which open to the outside, and allow in warm sunlight and views of the outside gardens.  Be sure to note the handsome, richly appointed  wooden trim around windows, doors, and ceilings as you travel throughout the home.  

As always, a home of this stature requires a fine and formal dining room for entertaining friends, or as a center for imaginative luncheons or special dinners.  

Just steps off the dining room is this impressively updated kitchen.  Awash in light from the exterior windows, and the carefully designed overhead recessed lighting, this kitchen should please the fussiest of chefs.  Amenities include updated dishwasher, double oven, gas range/cooktop, stone counters, and plenty of work space.   

Every chef has special cookware, serving pieces and favorite china and glassware.  There is storage space at every level in this kitchen.  Anything should be within easy reach, which is ideal, especially when preparing a meal for a large group. 

 Just steps away from the kitchen is this elegant solarium--often a mainstay in homes of this era.  Guests can sit inside and enjoy the outdoors on cool or extra sunny days from the interior, or slip outside to the beautiful patio space and relax and chat for hours on end.  It is hard to deny the appeal of the impressive glass doors with their floor to ceiling arched design,

Another pleasing spot located nearby, is this cozy room that could serve many purposes-a den, library, media room or formal office space, are a few of the options possible.  

 Moving to the upper floor, one can get a better view of the flowing lines of the staircase with its imaginative iron railing and gently curving steps.  

There are four bedrooms in the home.  Two will be shown here for your consideration, with an emphasis on this truly exceptional master bedroom above.  Artfully designed with gracefully arched windows, and generous use of rich wood trim around windows, doors and ceilings, and complimented with a roomy glass fronted closet space, and hardwood floors, this is an outstanding retreat.   

Another view of the master bedroom reveals an entry to a sun drenched patio--an ideal location for a quiet cup of coffee in the morning, or a perfect place to read the latest novel.  

A second equally attractive bedroom carries through the theme of comfort and charm.  

This recreation/rumpus room presents so many opportunities due to its floor plan.  With a very impressive central fireplace, and multilevel built in book/display cases, it could be a media room, an office, a library, or just another perfect location to relax and entertain.  


 This patio area just off the solarium is an intimate spot to spend time on a sunny day surrounded by pleasant greenery, and a elegant garden.  

A wider view of the garden shows a perfect venue for outdoor entertaining and dining.  With plenty of space for large groups, a level brick surface, and the privacy offered by the the surrounding well established bushes, hedges and trees, it is exceedingly flexible in its use.  

If this prime corner lot home appeals to you, I encourage you to call me promptly with your questions and interest at (510) 517-6280.  Well located, and just moments from downtown Piedmont, and not far from the appealing shops and restaurants of Montclair and Grand Lake, it fits so many needs for convenience and transportation whether locally or to Oakland and San Francisco.  It is being offered for sale for $2,788,000.  I look forward to working with you.  

(Listing Courtesy of Anian Tunney, The Grubb Company)

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