The very handsome traditional home at 153 Bell Avenue in Piedmont has outstanding curb appeal.  Whether you are attracted by its welcoming brick stairs, beautifully maintained gardens, or the picturesque white bay windows and paired white entrance columns, it is a delight.  This house has been handsomely remodeled and offers 5 bedrooms and 4 baths in a very roomy 3738 sf +/- of living space.  

A curved brick pathway leads to this gracious home.  So many things greet you at the door.  A handsome doorway surrounded by mini windows opens onto warm hardwood flooring, a classic wooden stairway with newel post and beautiful balusters.  Two sliding glass doors open onto the adjacent living room.


A reverse view of the entryway gives an even better picture of the appealing scene that will greet guests.  Note that the graceful design of the stairs is shown here, and the glass doors add the graceful look of a bygone era.  

The living room provides everything one would expect in a home of this caliber.  Spacious windows allow light to stream in from the outside, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.  As expected, the quality of the wooden trim here reflects the creativity of design.  As you tour, be sure to note that most rooms in the home have crown moulding, floor moulding, and impressive window trim.  To complete the picture, the stylish, and highly desirable fireplace has an elegant mantle piece to match.  

Not to be missed is the impressive beamed ceiling of this family room.   Located adjacent to the living room, this room has a great deal of flexibility. It can be used as imagined here, or, if preferred, easily converted to a formal dining room.   Notice the built-in wall cabinets.  These are ideal for storing your fine china and glassware, or your favorite collectibles.  


 There can be no question that the star of this location is the very dramatic kitchen space.  Completely updated, it virtually glows from the light of the huge trio of windows that open onto the outside patio area.  There is a truly impressive amount of workspace from one end of the room to the other.  A very generous stone counter serves dual duty as a breakfast bar.



Glass fronted cabinets, shelves, and plentiful drawers are beautifully placed to create a very spacious and imaginative showplace.  

Worthy of note--off to the immediate left in this picture, in the family room, is an extremely spacious fireplace with matching bookshelves on either side--just another touch to add to the appeal of the family room's welcoming atmosphere.  

As can be seen below, multiple glass doors open wide to the graceful and inviting backyard.  What a delightful place for an afternoon tea.  

A reverse view from the garden looking back to the home shows what a well planned and handsome atmosphere has been created.  

Be sure to note the built-in fireplace that is ideal for outdoor entertaining and the multiple levels for seating and conversing.  A centrally located fountain is just one more addition that makes this whole area so restful and pleasant.  Tall, well-established trees and gardens are another strong asset to add to this already impressive showplace.

A well thought out home office is already in place.  Always in demand, a home office like this is impressive.  Handsomely designed, it offers very substantial work space,multiple desk space units, plus extensive shelving and storage.  All windows open to the outside garden.

To the rear of this office space is something that is not usual in most homes, and thus very special.  Below are two views of the impressive, and temperature controlled, built in 1000+ bottle wine cellar

There are five bedrooms in this comfortable home, and three will be shown for your consideration.  The first, below, has an amazing sweep to it.  From the gently arched ceiling over the bed to the row of very spacious windows giving out onto the view.  But no doubt that the star of this room is the generous and welcoming window seat that invites an afternoon reading of a good book, or a cup of coffee while looking out at the city.  


Here is the reverse angle of the bedroom above, showing additional storage space, and a better illustration of the outstanding view.  

A very cheerful second bedroom boasts garden views and an extremely spacious bookshelf/display cabinet.  A reminder to note the very warm hardwood floors throughout all of these bedrooms, and the desirable window and room mouldings on the ceiling and floor.  

Another very spacious bedroom below, with a high ceiling, and impressive view windows that can be opened to the outside for more enjoyment.  

Two of the four bathrooms are shown below.  They shine with both interior and exterior light and feature handsome light fixtures. They are both perfectly sized for the bedrooms that they accompany.  


Since the view has been mentioned many times, here is the panoramic Bay area view that you could enjoy on a daily basis.  

While you have taken a pictorial tour, this helpful floor plan will truly give you an idea of the scope of this outstanding home.  

While this home is ideally located within Piedmont, it is also perfectly located for shopping trips to the nearby, and very popular, venues of Rockridge, Montclair and Elmwood, where restaurants and shops are as pleasing as they are varied. Additionally,  Downtown Oakland, and the freeway to Contra Costa County and San Francisco are close by.  

This home is being offered for sale for $2,995,000.  I would encourage you to act promptly, and contact me at (510) 517-6280 regarding it ,or any other homes in the area that interest you.  I look forward to working with you.  

(Listing Courtesy of Matthew Heafey, The Grubb Company)


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