This very handsome and classically designed Craftsman style home is well located close to all that Piedmont has to offer.  Just moments from the popular, and in demand, dining and shopping venues of Grand, Lakeshore and College Avenues at 218 Linda Avenue, it has outstanding curb appeal, and well established gardens.  If offers 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in 2070 +/- sf of living space.  

Designed in the day when porch sitting was a popular afternoon's entertainment, the spacious and welcoming front porch runs the width of the front of the home, and is defined by the beautifully designed wooden columns at the entry, and the pergola style roof.  

The protective overhanging roof at the entryway, and the exposed rafters under the eves of the residence further define the Craftsman concept.  The richly colored wooden front door, and distinctive pulls add more charm to the entryway as guests arrive.  

The expansive living room is warm and welcoming and immediately relaxing.  The room is centered around a stately brick fireplace and a matched set of glass front bookcases, which invites a concept of cool winter evenings sitting around a good fire and reading a favorite book, or just as easily, a relaxing spot to offer guests pre-dinner hors d' oeuvres before a formal meal in the adjacent dining room.  

A slightly different perspective reveals the luminous light that enters the room through the dramatic front windows.  An added value is that the floor space is equally adaptable to a variety of design elements-whether more side tables, soft chairs, or large center coffee table.  

The home's entrance, seen here, welcomes visitors into a relaxing and gracious ambiance.  Richly colored hardwood floors contrast dramatically with the white of the generous wood trim that is seen on virtually every wall, window and entryway throughout the residence.  The simple lines of the staircase to the second floor are enhanced with their pillared entryway.

Every home of this era was expected to have a formal dining room, and this one does not disappoint.  Just off the living room and kitchen, the room is uniquely enhanced with three large view windows which are complimented with a delightful window seat.  A built in glass fronted display cabinet offers space for storage of fine china, or favorite glassware.   A counter space to the kitchen acts as a buffet server for food and beverages. 

 Just adjacent to the dining room is this gleaming updated kitchen space.  Immediately apparent is the central island with its gas range/cooktop and expansive workspace that is enhanced with the additional counter space to the dining room.  A detailing of the amenities reveals the commitment made to furnish the most demanding of chefs a perfectly conceived workspace.  Features include Caesarstone countertops, a Decor 6 burner range, Viking ovens, a Sub Zero refrigerator, a Bosch dishwasher, custom cabinets, and built in Sonos speakers.  

A reverse view reveals a stunning built in gleaming multi-layer glass display cabinet created for the finest of glassware, supplemented by a set of full length drawers that can store serving pieces, silver, or whatever needs may be developed by the chef.  A pair of French doors lead to the outside patio, making serving a meal, luncheon, or tea easily achieved.  

There are four bedrooms in the home.  The first, seen here, is comfortably sized, offers two garden view windows, and a spacious sliding door closet.  Immediately adjacent is an updated en suite bathroom that is seen below.

 This renovated bathroom is more than inviting, featuring a relaxing Jacuzzi tub, and, to make the comfort complete, radiant heated floors.  

 A second floor bedroom reflects the imaginative use of the ample floorspace that is provided.  A relaxing bed is combined with a clever bench seat, overhead bookcases, and a combination bookshelf/desk. 

A bit cozier bedroom utilizes space under a glowing skylight for the bed, leaving plenty of room for a large desk and additional seating.  It is worth noting that if all four bedrooms were not immediately needed, this spot would be ideal for a study, office, or perhaps an arts and craft room.  

The generously sized family room is located on the second floor, and would accommodate multiple guests and residents for parties, media viewing, or evening snacks.  Wall to wall windows invite in the gleaming outside light, and provide views of the neighborhood.   As with the bedroom directly above, this room could easily be converted into an additional bedroom, in addition to the original four bedrooms, if desired. 

Located in its own unique location just off the patio is the fourth bedroom.  This is probably the most flexible room in the residence because it offers so many varied opportunities as to its use.  It is distinctly more private than the others, since it is off the patio and kitchen.  (See house floor plan below).  Be sure to observe the large plate glass windows that open out onto the patio area allowing the sun and pleasant scents from the garden to enter.  It has room for a generously sized bed, office space complete with bookcase, and additional seating.  Given its sunlight exposure, it would be perfect as an art studio or workshop.  


This delightful patio is a perfect spot for an afternoon luncheon, or perhaps a formal tea, if desired.  Just off the kitchen, it is perfectly placed for food service, and surrounded by long established, well cared for plants, trees and greenery.  The scene below illustrates all of these elements and reveals the very handsome, and useful, built in seating bench along the left side of the yard.  A step down to a lower setting provides space for a grill and additional space for friends.  

If this is a residence that you would like to make your own, please call me with your questions and interest.  I can be reached at (510) 517-6280.  If other houses have caught your attention, I look forward to working with you to find your perfect home.  This home is being offered for sale for $1,895,000.  

Listing Courtesy of Sarah Meyjes and Michelle H. Heafey of The Grubb Company)

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