This handsome traditionally styled home is perfectly located in the Piedmont Pines neighborhood of Oakland at 2666 Carisbrook Drive.  It offers what is best about hillside living-sheltering trees, quiet ambiance, and lush greenery, and yet it is just moments from the amenities offered by the nearby shops and restaurants of Montclair and Rockridge.  It features 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, in a spacious 2766+/-sf of living space.  

 It is hard to deny the dramatic curb appeal of this home.  Its stunning two story facade with its brick first floor and adjacent walkway, seen here, combined with multiple front windows with delightful accompanying shutters, welcomes guests in a irresistible way.  Especially unique is that the front gardens continue on to wrap completely around the home, creating a perfect harmony of home and grounds.

A pair of handsome wooden doors open wide to admit guests into this charming home.  Richly colored hardwood floors lead to a classical staircase, and to the interior of the home.

Upon viewing this expansive living room that opens to the outside patio area, there can be no doubt that this residence was designed with gracious entertaining in mind.  No matter what the season or weather, this home can provide a pleasant afternoon of outside dining on summer afternoons, or indoor relaxing by the elegant fireplace seen above, on a chilly evening.  

A reverse view reveals the generous window space that invites in gleaming light and rich color from the exterior gardens. Be sure to note the quality of the extensive wood trim that is seen in virtually every room in the home around windows, doors, baseboards and ceilings. 

 What a pleasure to be able to simply step outside at a moment's notice onto this dazzling deck area.  As will be seen later, it is designed in such a way that its is adaptable to so many uses and formats.  A lovely outdoor luncheon or summer party would be a perfect use.

 Just steps away is this delightful dining room.  While its current tone is more relaxed than formal, there is nothing to preclude it from easily being turned into a slightly more traditional space.  All of the classical elements are present.  A pair of French doors to the right can open and close as desired, a large multi pane window can be draped accordingly, and the classical wainscoting and built in display buffet server complete the picture.  

Just off the dining room is this handsome family room that is awash with glowing light from the patio just outside the spacious sliding glass doors.  The design and usage of the room is exceedingly flexible.  Anchored by a brick fireplace, the room is a perfect compliment to the adjacent kitchen.  Casual meals, pizza, popcorn, sandwiches and more, are all ideally suited to this casual format. 

A reverse perspective shows the kitchen/family room dynamic.  Just the other side of the counter seen here, is a small table space, complete with four chairs, that serves as a casual breakfast bar, and can double as a serving platform for family room meals.

As with much of the home, the kitchen has been upgraded considerably.  Well designed for efficient food preparation, the home chef will discover amenities that include a stone counter, a dishwasher, a gas range/cooktop, and built in oven and microwave.  

Just off the kitchen is this choice office space.  With built in bookcase/display space, and a beautifully lit inset desk area, it is a excellent use of floor space, while still providing room for more furniture, filing cabinets, soft chairs and media equipment.  If needed, it could also be converted into a fifth bedroom.  

There are four bedrooms in the home.  Three will be shown for your review and consideration.  Above and below, are scenes of the exceptional master bedroom that is located on the second floor.  Two expansive windows capture outdoor light, and offer a view of both green canyon and city lights.  As can be seen, there is an exceptional amount of floor space that allows a variety of design plans to suit individual preferences.  

This generous amount of storage and display/counter space is a perfect compliment to a master suite.  Note the built in dressing table with views to the gardens.  The rich light golden color of the hardwood floors adds additional warmth to the overall  ambiance.  

 Complimenting the master suite is this stunning, newly updated, master bathroom as viewed here, and below.  The black color of the lower counter area contrasts handsomely with the white tile and grey/white countertop.  Each of the sinks are paired with a large mirror, and the lighting is ideal.

A slightly different view of the bathroom reveals this inviting bathtub, and a spacious walk-in stall shower.  

This cozy second bedroom was cleverly created to feature an under the window desk space, and set of delightful shutters around the windows.  

A third bedroom, seen here, is bright, cheerful, and because of its size, could easily be converted into a crafts room, a den or reading room/library should a fourth bedroom not be needed.

 A second bathroom is in place on the second floor, as seen here.  It has been imaginatively updated with tile, a gleaming and spacious mirror, excellent supplemental lighting, and the double sinks.

 This delightful deck and patio area makes it clear, as was said at the outset, that this home has been designed for entertaining.   Easy passage back and forth from the family and living room areas invites guests to move about freely, and find a spot that is just perfect for them, while sharing the latest news with friends.  In addition to the expansive seating just outside the living room, a tree side view is available around a table and chairs just off to the left.  A glass covered sheltered seating area outside the family and living room is a perfect site for a bar and serving area.   

It is hard to miss the appeal of this commanding central fireplace on the deck.  No matter what the time of year, the nights can be cool in Piedmont, and the warmth and coziness furnished by a cozy fire is always welcome.  

As indicated earlier, and seen here and below, the well established and gracious gardens wrap around the house, and create numerous quiet spots for reading, working, or chatting with guests.  If this is the type of home is of interest to you, or you have found a similar one that you would like to know about, I encourage you to call me promptly at (510) 517-6280,  This home is being offered for sale for $1,589,000.  

(Listing Courtesy Of Aleso Gourhan of Golden Gate Sotheby's International Realty)


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