This architectural Art Deco jewel at 1831 Drake Drive in Montclair was built in 1937-- right in the heart of that truly stylish era.  It is a vibrant home with many updated features throughout.  The curving wall of block-shaped glass windows, the streamlined flow of lines, and the huge wall of glass looking out onto the yard and view make this a home an excellent choice.  

Be sure to note the sleek exterior lines of the home, with the walls of spacious glass that look out on the very generous view patio.  


In addition to the rear of the home, the front of the home has additional curb appeal with its sturdy tree and luscious green grass.  


Upon stepping into this desirable home, you are immediately impressed with the expansive living room/dining room combination.  No matter where you choose to spend your time, you are able to enjoy an appealing patio or garden view, coupled with a sweeping Bay area view.  

The views below highlight some additional assets that the home has to offer.  Two of the most pleasant are the warm hardwood floors and the wall to wall carpeting where applicable.  There is a crown and baseboard moulding that adds additional asset to each room, and a stylish living room fireplace makes this a warm and attractive place for entertaining.  

The dining room sits in one of the most distinctive portions of the home.  The gracefully curved home extension features vertical rows of matching glass blocks, and an inviting place for formal events.  However, it fits just as easily for a casual meal overlooking the patio and garden.  

Yet one more architectural benefit is the irresistible and handsomely remodeled kitchen that features a brightly lit, and very spacious, workspace. Be sure to note the delightfully cozy eat in kitchen space at the end of the kitchen.  

Observe the amount of room for preparing meals, and the very expansive storage space- complete with glass fronted display cabinets for showing your special china and glassware.  The warm floor colors compliment the white of the room.  

Upstairs is a very impressive private master bedroom suite, complete with its own private balcony that offers expansive Bay area views that include both the Bay and Golden Gate Bridges.  Just step outside of the super spacious door to an amazing view-day or night.  

There are four bathrooms in the home.  Two are shown here for your reference.  The first, below, is refreshed with bright white fixtures, and appealing counter and storage space.  

The bathroom below reflects the home's era, and is especially charming.  The roomy tub, closet and cabinet space are enhanced by the colorful and classic tile work on both the sink and tub.  The tile floors carry through the theme.  

The master bedroom was shown above.  There are five bedrooms in total.  Two more are shown below.  Both have wall to wall carpeting and ample closet space. The room directly below has a generous built-in wall display unit and a very convenient doorway that leads to the yard.  

This room offer cheerful window view space, and a direct access to the exterior of the home.  

While this room is being well used as an office, it has a great deal of flexibility.  Other options could be a library, or an artist's workroom using the shelving for art supplies or displays of completed work.  The parquet styled floors at extra appeal to an already handsome space.

These two views below give an idea of how well the home and patio fits into the property's master plan.  Both pictures show how the patio is impressively oriented towards the panoramic Bay area views.  What an outstanding way to spend a pleasant afternoon or evening entertaining friends, or just relaxing on one's own.  

This boundless view highlights all that is captivating in this outstanding residence.   

If you would like to own this very unique home, or something else in the area, please call me with your interest and questions.  I can be reached at (510) 517-6280.  The home is being offered for sale for $1,695,000.  I look forward to working with you.  

(Listing Courtesy of Philip L. Fair, BHG Highland Partners)

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