This very engaging Mediterranean style home is located in Montclair's popular Piedmont Pines neighborhood in Oakland at 2621 La Cuesta Avenue.  Settled comfortably among well established greenery and tall trees, it is immediately inviting. 

Located back from the street, it is reached by the gently winding driveway that leads up to both the home and a distinctive open air carport that is suitable for four cars.   

It offers 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, with 1598 sf of living space, and is situated on a generous .25 acre lot.  

There is an immediate curb appeal upon arriving at the house.  The home's classic white stucco exterior is topped with red tile roofing, and a tall arched glass front window.  A pair of decorative wrought iron railings invite guests to the home's front entrance.  

Upon entry through the glowing glass topped paneled door, one discovers a spacious living room that is softly lit by the light from the multiple windows that surround the room.  

A large, and especially inspired fireplace anchors the room, and offers a l classically designed mantle which is perfect for displays of one's favorite collectibles.   The side column designs enhance the overall effect of this handsome piece.  

A reverse perspective reveals the size of the room and its proximity to the home's adjacent dining room-an ideal design for entertaining where guests can move easily to the dining area after the pre-dinner conversations, appetizers, and beverages.   

This pleasant dining room is very congenial, with more than adequate space for a large dining table, and a generous sideboard and a cocktail table, if desired.

What makes it especially distinctive is the multiple use of the Mediterranean style arches that add drama to both this room and the entrance to the sun room just to the left.  

This charming sunroom is perfect for so many uses.  Its far wall of windows makes it a warm and inviting place to relax and entertain year round.  It could also be adapted to another use if desired--perhaps an office or music room.  

A graceful, and decorative iron rail stairway is found  between the two rooms above, and leads to an outstanding kitchen and dining experience-both indoors and out.  

This room has been impressively updated to create the effect of indoor/outdoor living that is identified with Mediterranean style living.  

This perspective reveals the subtle, and yet dramatic, effect seen at every site in the room.  The curving tile faced stairway takes one down to the kitchen that features dramatic overhead support beams and a vaulted ceiling.  

There is a perfect spot for a cozy eat in kitchen table and chairs, if desired.  

There is a lot to discover about this handsomely updated kitchen.  It features beautifully placed Moroccan tile, umber cabinets, and ecru counters.  

Its expansive counterspace provides a very generous workspace for the home chef, and everything is within reach in this thoughtfully designed floorplan.  

Amenities also include a dishwasher, refrigerator, stove and oven.  

A wide kitchen sink site features views of the gardens, and offers built in side shelving for one's favorite spices. 

Worth noting is the impressive amount of display cabinets, multi level drawers and storage sites for one's use when utilizing the space. 

Here is where this home comes into its own.  Two floor to ceiling glass doors can be thrown open from the kitchen to invite all outside to enjoy the beauty that surrounds the site.  

There is a huge outdoor patio space that awaits parties, special events, and all types of receptions and birthdays, and is just steps away from the home.  

It can easily accommodate multiple tables, serving sites, an outdoor bar, and barbeque when needed.  This home was most certainly designed for this indoor/outdoor lifestyle.  

There are three bedrooms in the home.  Two are on street level, and one on the lower level.  The first, seen here, is the primary bedroom, and is a pleasant retreat with a pair of sunny view windows, and French doors opening to one's own private view balcony.  

What a perfect place to relax with a cup of tea and a good book, and enjoy the sounds of nature all around one. no matter what the time of day.  

This gleaming and attractive primary bathroom is just off the bedroom.

The adjacent main floor bedroom is cheerful and well lit, with the ongoing color combination of dark wooden floors and off white walls that is a characteristic of the home.  

This second bedroom is also en suite with its stall shower, window, and handsome sink.  

The third bedroom is one floor below, and is flexible in its use in that the bed seen here is a Murphy style bed, and can be drawn upwards against the wall, creating quite a bit of extra floor space.  

As one completes the tour of the inside of the home, it is especially important to realize the size and potential use of the home's very impressive rear gardens that are available for both gardening and relaxation.

The gardens all around the home are reached by winding and soothing trails throughout, and are said to include a variety of trees that include palms, cypress, shrubs and bushes, and also including bird of paradise plants.  

The garden is marvelous, no matter what part of it you may view.  Here a little bench retreat is set up among well tended and graceful plantings.

Also on a lower level, is this spacious patio area that is just perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon with friends.  

If this truly outstanding home is of interest to you, I encourage you to call me promptly regarding it at (510) 517-6280.  It is being offered for sale for $1,195,000.  

( Listing Courtesy of Jennie A. Flanigan of Vanguard Properties. Inc.)

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