This charming Mid-century style home located at 60 Somerset Road in Piedmont, represents much of what is desirable in a home of this design.  This concept  revolves around integrating the indoor and outdoor living, with the goal of bringing the "outside inside" through the use of multiple doorways and windows that lead to gardens, patios, and greenery.  The view above illustrates the point.  Note that the entire front of the home has been dedicated to a full length patio area that is surrounded by lush bushes, trees and plants.  The home features 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in a very roomy living space of 3215 +/- sf. 

A reverse view reveals the characteristic Mid-century "wall of glass" that draws in the garden's dramatic display.  The overhanging roof protects the home from direct sunlight, while affording the views.  

Guests are welcomed by a handsome pair of wooden doors that open wide to create an inviting entryway.  

The living room is awash in light from multiple windows along its right wall.  Virtually floor to ceiling, these windows also represent the Mid-century concept of plentiful open space, and simplicity of design.  Additionally, generous sliding glass doors allowing immediate access to the outside.  

A reverse living room view highlights the simple brick fireplace that is perfectly placed to provide a cheerful ambiance on cool winter evenings, and around which one might entertain friends.  

Depending on one's intentions for the day, there are two dining areas at the far end of the living room.  The first, seen here, is, in essence, a dining area that affords a versatile spot for meals at any time of day while enjoying the outdoor gardens, landscaping, and south bay views 

The second dining area, just outside the spacious sliding glass door, affords a peaceful spot to enjoy the quiet of the surrounding trees and grounds, while delighting in the south bay views .  Perfect for a sun soaked luncheon or as a base for an outdoor party, it is a delight.  

To the left of the front door, and seen in the opening view of the home that is seen above, is this versatile sitting room.  Ideal as a family or recreation room, it has a  built in wall space for media and media storage.  The lightly colored walls and open beamed ceiling contrast nicely with the warmth of the dark honey colored wooden floors.

This room is particularly well suited for enjoying the lush garden when sitting outside is not practical during the colder months of the year.  It is comfortable in size to consider entertaining friends for a casual luncheon or tea.  

Immediately adjacent to the  media/family room seen above, is the kitchen, which has been handsomely updated.  Bright and gleaming, with contrasting white and black colors, it has generous counter space for meal preparation, and multiple glass paned cabinets for displaying favorite glassware and china.  Amenities include a dishwasher, a gas range cooktop, a built in oven, and a refrigerator.    

At the far end of the kitchen is this cozy breakfast area.  Ideal for a quick breakfast or luncheon, it is easily converted into a  buffet table upon which to place various treats for guests attending a casual party on the immediately adjacent  view deck.  

There are two levels to the home.  The lower level has two bedrooms, and one bath.  It also has a separate entrance which would be perfect for an in law or guest location.  One of the two lower bedrooms is shown here, and features generously sized view windows, and a central door that lead outside.  Roomy and cheerful, it is a pleasant space.  

 There are 3 bedrooms upstairs.  Two are being shown for your consideration. The first, shown above, has wide view windows that open on either end to enjoy the outside scenery.  It is pleasantly sized, and continues the attractive design theme of warm wooden floors and lightly colored walls.

A  second upstairs bedroom is comfortable in size, and it, too, looks out to the well established trees around the home.  

It should be obvious by now that entertaining is especially flexible in this home.  Numerous rooms that have been seen above furnish opportunities for parties or quiet get togethers in front of a fireplace, or at an outside view deck.  However, the downstairs recreation room seen here offers those opportunities, and more.  Complete with a spacious floor plan, view windows, bar facilities and complete flexibility of design, it is truly an ideal locale.    

Just outside the recreation room is yet another site which is perfect as an overflow spot for guests when the attendance is especially high, or yet another location to enjoy the scenery and gardens.  

If these comfortable surroundings appeal to you, please call me with your interest.  The home is being offered for sale for $1,949,000.  It is just moments from central Piedmont's schools and playgrounds, and close to the shops and restaurants of Montclair.  I can be reached at (510) 517-6280.  

(Listing Courtesy of Barbara Schaefer and Karen A. Starr of The Grubb Company)

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