Piedmont Brown Shingle Classic-Albert Farr Design At 19 Monte Avenue
by Bruce Wagg
on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 at 9:51am.
For those who love the appeal of a traditional brown shingle home, this home, located at 19 Monte Avenue, reflects an iconic era in Piedmont history. This home was designed by renowned area architect Albert Farr in the same year that he designed what is now a portion of downtown Piedmont. In 1908, the combined fire house and city hall building, using his designs, opened for use. Not long after, Farr was commissioned to design the landmark Exedra Arch.
What engaging curb appeal in this home. Lush plants and trees abound to welcome visitors to this gracious home. Pleasant surprises like the lantern below, reflect its charm.
The living room (and dining room below) is stunning, and sparkles with light from the many captivating windows and doors that are specifically designed to bring the outside beauty indoors for one to enjoy.
Quality woodworking is shown in every element of the room. Note that lush crown molding and wainscoting, the expansive fireplace framing, and the hardwood floors. Stepping outside is easy with plentiful French doors that open onto outside balcony space. Entertaining here would be a delight.
Just steps away, the welcoming formal dining room continues the quality found in the living room. Note the window inset below, which is ideal for displaying special art or china, but can also be used as a serving platform for dinner guests.
This warm and inviting kitchen has been beautifully updated, and is designed to offer the home chef amenities that would be ideal for formal entertaining, or just an afternoon snack.
There is a very spacious eat-in area with outstanding storage and display space for kitchen dishes and glassware. Cheerful windows open to allow the outside in on the perfect days of Spring and Fall.
Stepping outside, you will find one of the pleasant porches that the home has to offer.
The first bedroom continues the charming use of window space that the dining room offers. Note the delightful window seat that is classic for its era, and always in demand.
The second bedroom has an imaginative use of floor space that is quite appealing, and practical as well.
The third bedroom is equally pleasing, but features something a bit unique-notice the clever use of wainscoting on the walls, which adds additional appeal to an already handsome room.
The first of the two bathrooms catches your eye because of the dramatic arched window which opens to the outside, and allows sunny light into an already sparkling room.
The second bathroom has dual sinks and mirrors, and a pleasing ambiance.
There is an additional room which is presently being used as a family or rumpus room, but could easily be an office--note the built in bookshelves-or media room.
The rear of the home is just about as handsome as the front with its generous garden space, plentiful greenery and established plants and trees.
An extra surprise that this home has to offer is its irresistible Bay area view, that encompasses San Francisco, Oakland and the Bay Bridge.
For those who love the Piedmont ambiance, the Brown Shingle look, or the traditional styling of this home, this should be first on your list to see immediately. As mentioned above, it has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, and a living space of approximately 3248 sf. It is being offered for sale for $2,749,000. If you would like to see this home, or similar or comparable homes, please call me at (510) 517-6280. I look forward to working with you.
(Listing Courtesy of Jane Strauch-The Grubb Company)