This stunning French Country style home appears to be arising out of the wisps of sunset fog, revealing all the charm that would be expected in a home of this genre.  Sitting above a private drive, and capturing the broad expanse of the Bay area panorama below, it is an impressive and desirable residence.  

Located in central Piedmont at 319 Mountain Avenue, it is just moments away from all of the amenities that make Piedmont special in terms of schools, playgrounds, and  the ever popular Mulberry's Market.  It offers 3 bedrooms and 3 bathroom in approximately 2,205 sf of living space.  

Just above the home is this private, and lushly landscaped lawn and gardens.  Long established trees and hedges surround, and enhance, this marvelous retreat.  The patio area above offers a daily spot from which to enjoy the ever changing scenery below.  

Stepping down the graceful entry stairs, guests are greeted with this innovative garden entrance to this beautifully designed residence.  

This elegant and stylish front door, and overhanging entry, is paired with the surrounding plantings and vine topped French doors to the right, to welcome all who enter.  

Entry into the living room reveals a spacious living room with windows and doors that invite in the glowing outside light, the green of the gardens, and the distant vistas.  The warmly colored hardwood floors combine perfectly with the rich and extensive wooden trim that is seen around the room in the form of crown molding,  window and door trims, baseboards, and the delightful picture frame wall molding.  

 A reverse perspective presents the handsome fireplace with its classically designed surround and mantle.  It will most certainly be the location around which much of the entertaining of friends will be done, most especially on cooler evenings in the Bay area.  To the left is a built in lighted bookcase which is ideally suited for display of favorite art work and collectibles.  Steps to the right lead up to a formal dining room. 

 An elegant archway provides entry to this formal dining space which is a perfect venue for a pleasant afternoon luncheon, or a more formal evening dinner.  An adjacent built in buffet server offers both display space for favorite china and glassware, a small serving space for various meal courses, and storage below.  

 An additional feature of this room is that the glass doors, seen reflected in the picture here, and in the view of the front entry seen above, open out onto the exterior patio, allowing guests to move freely from one location to another during an afternoon buffet, or warm summer evening.   

 Just off the dining room and pantry area is this impressively remodeled kitchen.   It is ideally placed so that it is just steps from the patio area,  furnishing immediate and efficient access for serving meals and parties through the multiple glass doors seen here.  A central work island serves both food preparation needs, while incorporating an eat in kitchen counter.  Generous overhead recessed lighting combines with the sweeping glass window over the sink,  and the glass doors to create a gleaming work space.  

The amenities here allow meal preparation to be a pleasure.  They include the dramatic built in range oven, a refrigerator, dishwasher, and built in oven.  A counter to the rear acts as a workspace, and also as a form of pass through to the sunken family room that is seen directly beyond the kitchen in this view. 

 An expansive view of the front of the home reveals the exceptional commitment made to outdoor living, and hosting of guests.   A central fireplace is an ideal spot around which to gather on a pleasant evening for both residents and friends  Given the available space, it would be perfect for a large luncheon or party, with multiple doors providing easy transitions between the indoor dining room and kitchen.  

A reverse perspective of the patio provides yet another view of the generously sized patio area.  Worthy of note is the imaginative trim around the kitchen doors that creates a pergola like effect when viewed.  Equally charming is the delightful window box planter to the right. 

 There are three bedrooms in the home.  The first, seen here, is striking due to  the presence of the two sets of view windows that reveal the stellar Bay area views below, and the adjacent garden area.  It is quite spacious, with room for a variety of options for its design.  A window seat would be an possible option, as would a pair of soft side chairs.  The impressive home construction is once again reflected in the rich wall trim, and the special picture frame wall molding.  

 This very pleasant second bedroom is both generous in size, and flexible in use. It is easily adaptable to numerous design concepts.  One of its most engaging feature is the set back windows that create an alcove for a private retreat or personal office  

A closer perspective of the space reveals the dual windows that open to the exterior, and a door that opens onto a porch, further enhancing its desirability.

The third bedroom is exceptional with its delightful interior construction that follows the line of the exterior roofline.  A mini balcony, with a decorative wrought iron railing, completes the presentation.  

A final room worthy of mention is this highly appealing space that invites a wide variety of uses or applications.  With a far wall of view windows, and generous floor space, it could continue in its present form as an office, or perhaps be adapted to use as a den, playroom, or music room.  

If this elegant and distinctive home is of interest to you, please call me with your questions and interest.  I can be reached at (510) 517-6280.  The home is being offered for sale for $2,195,000.  

(Listing Courtesy of Teresa Baum of Compass Real Estate) 

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