This home at 116 Dracena Avenue in Piedmont has very impressive curb appeal.  Its classic Mediterranean lines are revealed in its tile roofs, multiple window placement, and a handsome second floor balcony in front, complete with appealing iron railings.  It is designed in a manner that invites exterior light in through the plentiful windows of varied sizes and location.  Desirable brick steps lead up to an imaginative front  porch that is supported by a graceful pair of white pillars.  The final touch of lush greenery from established plants and trees, make this a truly inviting home.  


If the exterior entry was not appealing enough, the first impression as you walk through the solid arched doorway has to captivate your attention. The expansive stairway to the second floor with its gracefully flowing hand rails, is special indeed.  


Off to the right of the entrance, is the very attractive living room that is spacious and inviting.  Anchored by a dramatic fireplace with a unique surround and mantel, the lovely arched ceiling is complimented by the angular ceiling placement over the multiple windows and doors 

Directly opposite the fireplace is, quite literally, a wall of windows.  The graceful slope of the ceiling enhances the gleaming light that comes in from multiple angles, and creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere for guests, or just for private relaxation while viewing the garden.  

This home is ideal for entertaining.  Below is a space that is perfect as a formal dining room, but, with the huge French doors thrown open, can easily become delightful place for a casual luncheon or tea.  

Every home is made even more appealing with an elegant and spacious kitchen.  This home offers just that, with its updated chef's kitchen, complete with updated appliances, outstanding work spaces and counters, and ceiling high storage and display cabinets for your fine glassware and china.  An extra, and very welcome, feature is a built in pantry for yet more storage opportunities.  

For casual dining, or a more relaxed ambiance, there is space for an eat in kitchen nook.  What a wonderful place to enjoy a meal, and be able to open as many windows as you like to enjoy the garden quiet and charm while you dine.  

A view to the left reveals an additional view of the kitchen nook area, and a bit further off to the left, a view of the truly inviting family room.  

This welcoming family room has so many amenities to offer.  Note the stylish and spacious fireplace with its attractive mantel, the built in bookshelves and storage spaces, the very sizable set of doors to the exterior, the raised ceiling, and the warm hardwood floors.  

Reversing the scene reveals a pair of French doors that allow a generously sized exit to the sunny backyard patio area.  

What makes this house unique is that it has an amazing private master retreat that is ideal for those who enjoy a pleasant place to call their own. Just at the top of the home's elegant stairway to the second floor, is an space that is currently being used as an office.  Perfectly balanced, with a desk and matching shelving, it features spacious glass doors that open to view the gardens outside.  

Immediately adjacent, through the left door, you can see a taste of what is to come.  Below is a view of the master bedroom/master sitting room combination.  The spacious bedroom area gives way to the sitting room that is aglow with light from the many windows that encompass the space. Be sure to observe the impressive wood trim that surrounds not just these windows, but those throughout the house.  The shelving off to the left presents opportunities to display unique collectibles or favorite books.  

In addition to the master bedroom, there are a total 4 more bedrooms.  Three are being shown below for additional consideration.  The first of the three features two of the many things that are special about this home- unique window treatments, and attention to quality.  The blinds allow total flexibility in terms of light and privacy.  

The other two bedrooms continue the premium construction with their wall to wall carpeting, and the well constructed window space that opens to the exterior.  It is worthy of note that first and third rooms here include an additional asset of crown and floor mouding that adds even more charm.  

As expected of all Mediterranean styled homes, it is important to have comfortable and  private patio and backyard, and this home has just that.  This level and fenced garden is just perfect for teas, parties, luncheons, but is equally well suited for a quiet retreat.

 The multi-level gardens and established plants and trees are well illustrated in the view below, and  their beauty is visible throughout the home.

If this extremely well located home is of interest and appeal to you, or you have questions regarding other Piedmont homes of quality, I encourage you to call me promptly. It has 5 bedrooms and 3 baths in approximately 3834 sf of living space, and is being offered for sale for $2,795,000.  I can be reached at (510) 517-6280.  I look forward to working with you.  

(Listing Courtesy of Jane Strauch of The Grubb Company) 


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