This stunning brown shingle home at 778 Kingston Avenue represents one of the most popular designs for classical homes in Piedmont.  Always in demand, the style of this home has an additional plus-it was carefully restored in 2003 with the goal of keeping the original details throughout.   Every room speaks of the attention that has been devoted to it.  There are 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths in a very spacious 3.249 sf +/- of living space.  Be sure to notice the sweeping lines of the roof and railing that sweep a visitor to the door of this delightful residence.  

An inviting front door opens onto a comfortable foyer, which features handsomely designed stairs to the second floor, and warm wooden floors 

There is no doubt that the spacious windows are some of its most appealing assets of this pleasant living room.  True to the original home design, they allow light and warmth to flow in from multiple angles.  With the partially boxed front bay windows, and the inviting window seat, the appeal and charm is obvious.  Be sure to note the desirable hardwood floors throughout--both in this room and throughout the household.  


Just steps away is another potential gathering place for entertaining, or just relaxing.  Now being used as a family room, it continues the concept of the living room by furnishing yet another delightful window seat for viewing the extensive and well established garden at the rear of the home.  It is worth noting that this room could just as easily be converted to a library or office space with very little effort.  

Equally close is the home's formal dining room.  As expected, it is immediately adjacent to the kitchen, and is additionally worthy of note for the extra touches that always add value to a home.  Handsome glass doors lead to the outside patio area, and the traditional  floor moulding and impressive wooden door trim over the entrance to the kitchen adds just more charm to the room.  


There is no doubt that this upgraded chef's kitchen is a stunner.  There are so many things worthy of note.  First, the room it is extremely spacious, and allows for plentiful workspace opportunities.  A very large meal could be prepared here comfortably.  There is a stone counter, handsome tile backsplashes, upgraded appliances, multiple windows and skylights for daytime cheer, and glass fronted cabinets for storing and displaying your best glassware and china. 

Be sure to notice the counter at the end of the room.  It could be used as an eat-in nook, or as a small computer/office work space.  



There is an equally unique sun room on the main floor that is designed specifically to create a delightful spot to enjoy the garden, no matter what the weather.  On chilly or rainy days, two glass doors can be closed for comfort, and yet the views are still easily accessed.  Otherwise, as shown here, they can be thrown open to encourage direct access to the outside patio.  Either spot is ideal for tea, or a  casual meal. The dramatic wood ceiling and matching wainscoting are not to be missed.  


  There are four bedrooms in the home.  Three are shown here for your review.  The first, below, exhibits quality workmanship throughout,  as is shown with the impressive window, door and wall trim.  

Here is a cozy charmer complete with a handsome French window and pebble glass doorway that allows in pleasant filtered light.  

This room replicates the look of the huge box glass windows on the main floor, has a jewel of a seating nook, and adjacent closet space.  

Of the 2 1/2 bathrooms, this one is no doubt the most worthy of attention.  With in demand tile flooring, upgraded fixtures, a modern tub, it is capped off with doors that lead outside to a view porch.  


Unlike many older homes of its era, this one has a very flexible and useful unfinished basement that encourages all kinds of potential uses and possibilities with a use of a little imagination.

What a special spot this is.  With the evening light just arriving, warm light emanates from all the rooms, and just beyond the trees ahead is a charming view of the Bay area hills.  What a pleasant way to end a day.  

This garden view highlights so many assets that are available.  Both in the front and in the back, new landscaping has been added to the already well established trees and gardens. This view shows the spaciousness and variety of work that has been done to make this spot so special.  


As with so many homes in Piedmont, this is so very close to all the shopping amenities offered by the Piedmont Avenue, Rockridge, and the Lakeshore/Grand stores and restaurants.  The home has a walk score of 87 for those who might enjoy walking to any these many areas.  

It is being offered for sale for $2,450,000.  If this home, or one similar in price or location interests you, please call me at (510)517-6280 with your questions or observations.  

(Listing Courtesy of Julie Gardner, McGuire Real Estate)


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