This dramatic and spacious home was designed by renowned architect Albert Farr, and is perfectly sited just moments from Piedmont schools, parks and playgrounds.  Located at 138 Bonita Avenue, it offers an impressive 7 bedrooms and 6 full bathrooms in an impressive 5872 sf+/- sf of living space.  A view of its exterior reveals careful attention to the smallest details of its design.  The classic shingle exterior is combined with the half-timbering on the front, and at the entrance.  The gently curved bay window adds a gentle charm.  

This impressive Bay view adds to the value and presence of this already extraordinary home.  No matter what the time of day, this vista is always changing as the light of day comes and goes.  

A innovative entryway welcomes guests, providing both charm and style.  The half timbering is surprising, and yet effective.  A pair of window panels bracket the handsome wooden front door. 

 The living room represents all that is classical for this period and design, and yet today, still fulfills its original role of being warm and relaxing, and perfect for entertaining.  Built around a central fireplace, this room features beautiful and detailed woodworking around all the windows, doors and entryways.  Note the crown moulding above, the simple, but elegant mantlepiece, and the warmth of the hardwood floors.  


A view from the adjacent dining room reveals plentiful living room space for a grand piano, and the front wall of windows to the room's right allows luminous light to enter during the day.

As with all homes of this caliber, a formal dining room was expected, and highly valued, as a social asset.  It is obvious that a great deal of planning went into this unique design.  From the set of gently curved bay windows, to its imaginative ceiling and built in display shelving, it is impressive on its face.  

Just off the nearby kitchen, is this cozy family room which is just perfect for casual relaxation and informal meals when a formal dining room would not suit.  Be sure to notice the imaginative inset ceiling, the rich crown moulding, and wooden trim on the far wall.  

As with most homes, the kitchen is the heart of the home.  This kitchen has been dramatically upgraded to furnish the pickiest of chefs with their every need.  Bright and glowing white, it has the latest appliances.  Included are a built in double oven, gas range/cooktop, dishwasher, refrigerator and microwave.  

A central island combined with multiple stone counter spaces furnishes abundant workspace.  Combine that with more storage space below these counters, and the final effect is efficient and pleasing.

Moving further into the kitchen, there is this cozy corner that is perfect for a relaxed breakfast or lunch while enjoying the colorful garden.  These doors to the garden provide an excellent route to the backyard, and a means to take prepared food outside for entertaining.  


Another prized feature in a home of this quality is the presence of a roomy kitchen pantry.  What an asset it is, especially if entertaining is your pleasure.  

There are 7 bedrooms in the home.  Three will be shown for your consideration.  Above is an extremely spacious suite that is is elegantly designed, and has a handsome arched ceiling space under which a very large bed can be placed, and still allow room for additional chairs, settees, or chests.  

This updated bathroom represents one of the 6 full, and 2 half, bathrooms located throughout the home.  Bright, roomy, and spacious, it is but one of many choices available. 

 Another engaging bedroom takes advantage of a curved set of windows that open to the outside.  The overall effect is quite  desirable when paired with plentiful floorspace and recessed lighting.  

 A third bedroom is roomy and flexible in use.  While some may want, or need, the use of all 7 bedrooms, those rooms that are not needed for bedroom space can be easily converted to an office, study, or an arts and craft room.  

Above are two views of the truly impressive recreation/rumpus room that is available in this home.  The flexibility of its use is only limited by the homeowner's imagination.  As can be seen, a huge wallspace has been devoted to home theater, and the attendant seating.  Off to the right, a home gym could be installed, or, due to the availability of desirable shelving, a study area with soft chairs and sofas.  A built in kitchen area, complete with refrigerator is furnished so that preparing light snacks or sandwiches is possible.

This expansive backyard is awash with well tended, and established, trees, plants, and assorted greenery, and its privacy allows for many afternoons resting in its peaceful ambiance.  

This outstanding home is now available, and I encourage you to call me promptly if it interests you. It is being offered for sale for  $4,300,000.  I can be reached at (510)517-6280 to answer any questions that you might have. 

(Listing Courtesy of Jane Strauch of The Grubb Company)  

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