This classically designed Piedmont home, with its dramatic entry archway, distinctive black shuttered windows, and richly colored paired front gardens, makes a stunning first impression. 

 Located at 1614 Lower Grand Avenue, it is close to the favored shops and restaurants of the Grand and Lakeshore shopping districts, while both Rockridge and Montclair Village are just minutes away.  

It is ideally designed for entertaining, but is equally suitable for gracious private living, as will soon be evident.  It offers 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms in a very spacious 2435+/- sf of living space.  

Worth noting is that a new roof and structural improvements have been completed to enhance its many other impressive qualities.

The expansive rear gardens are inviting, and easily accessed from both the living and dining areas, as well as the kitchen.  It is highlighted by a perfectly placed pergola under which many a pleasant meal can be enjoyed.  

Returning to the home itself, the living room and dining room offer a generous and gracious welcome to guests upon entry.  Both rooms are awash in light from the large windows that surround each space.   

There is an easy transition from one space to another that encourages a variety of dining and entertaining options-from the formal to the casual.   As expected in homes of this quality, a large handsomely detailed fireplace is ready to add warmth and pleasure to a cooler afternoon or evening.  

A reverse perspective reveals the spacious dining room, and its central location to both the kitchen and living room.  This perspective also reveals the quality of construction that is seen throughout the residence. 

The abundance of rich wooden trim that is seen in virtually every room in the home in the form of crown molding, door molding, window, and baseboard molding is illustrative of this quality. When combined with the soft golden color of the  cherished hardwood floors throughout, it is highly notable.

A built in floor to ceiling china cabinet is located between two garden view windows, and is well suited for the placement of favorite serving pieces and the china and glassware that will compliment the meal.  

Close by, this inviting sunroom, with its gracefully arched multipaned windows, offers a set of French doors that open onto the garden.

What a pleasant access to this imaginative rear garden space that is  complete with a three tiered fountain that provides soothing sounds of trickling water.    

Just off the dining area, this handsomely updated kitchen is a perfect resource for both casual or formal dining, and should please the most demanding of home chefs. 

Updated amenities include a stone counter, built in double oven, a gas range cooktop, microwave, and refrigerator.   

Also desirable is the space available for the eat-in kitchen table and chairs that offer a perfect spot for a quick and easy breakfast or lunch.  

A full wall of cabinet space, with its beautifully colored stone counter and view of the garden, is awaiting storage of all variations of serving pieces, china, glassware, cooking utensils, making it a very effective use of a very attractive space.  

It is paired with, and complimented by, the additional preparation and storage space surrounding the range.  

Between the two storage cabinets is a door the opens to the gardens at the rear of the home that will provides efficient passage of food and beverages from one space to another.  

This view of the rear patio and gardens reveals the imagination and care that has been invested into creating a stunning living space.  It is a perfect combination of both privacy and vision.

There are 4 bedrooms in the home.  Three are on the second level, and the fourth, seen here on the main floor, has been converted into an office space, but can, just as easily, return to its original concept.  

A graceful curving staircase leads from the office space upwards to the second floor.  

The first of the three upstairs bedroom is this very expansive primary bedroom.  Its space and configuration invites a variety of design concepts that will compliment its inherent appeal.  

Close by, this gleaming primary bathroom has been enhanced to create an outstanding effect.  Subtle beiges and light brown coloring merge to conceive an impressive space. 

Dual sinks and mirrors atop a generously size storage space below, plus a large shower and soaking tub, make the picture complete.  

The second upstairs bedroom is highlighted by a series of window that invite in views of the gardens and greenery.  It also features a cleverly built in storage chest against the corner wall.  

The second upstairs bathroom reveals the same pleasing ambiance as seen in the primary bathroom above.  It is an imaginative and effective use of the space.  

This glowing third bedroom is spacious, and easily handles the floorspace required by a pair of twin beds.  Once again, worthy of note is the generous wooden trim seen around the windows, ceiling, and doors.

No matter what the time of day, or event being considered, there is no question that this residence will be a distinctive and delightful home.

If this handsome residence is of interest to you, please call me with your questions at (510) 517-6280.  It is being offered for sale for $2,100,000.  

(Listing Courtesy of Anian Tunney of the Grubb Company)

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