Nestled among the trees and gardens of this pleasantly landscaped home is this comfortable central Piedmont residence located at 150 Dudley Avenue.   It is spacious- offering 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and 3728 +/- sf of living space, to which are added the amenities desired for gracious living and entertaining.

 One of the major design features of mid-century architectural design is featuring virtual walls of glass, with the goal of bringing the outside garden views "inside" to admire.  As one tours, it becomes apparent that this is true with this home.  The windows along the front porch serve that purpose for the dining room.  

It is hard to deny the impressive parquetry floor that awaits guest as they enter the home-a delightful welcome. Be sure to note that the color of the handsome front door matches the coloring on the floor,  adding yet more appeal.

This stunning living room gleams with light from the wall of windows to the left.  The lightness of the room is complimented with the richly colored hardwood floors.  Numerous elements combine to make this room dramatically appealing.  The first is the impressive bookcase that commands the far wall, and furnishes multiple opportunities for displaying books, art work, or favorite collectibles.  The second is the arched beamed ceiling above it, that features soft recessed lighting designed to enhance the objects to be seen.

 Further enhanced lighting dramatizes this central fireplace, and draws attention to its size, gracious design, and generous mantel space.  

 An additional view shows the generous wooden trim that will be seen throughout much of the home.  The previously mentioned arched beams in the ceiling are complimented with rich crown moulding, and generous wooden trim to be seen around the home's doors, windows and baseboards.  

The formal dining room is to the right of the main door, and is perfect for entertaining.  It is possible to dine and enjoy the outside gardens, through the multiple windows offered here.  The side windows on either end open to allow in pleasantly scented garden air, if desired.  

A home of this size, with many areas suited for entertaining, needs a large kitchen, and the one above fits those needs.  There is a variety of cooking and preparation space for the chef.  A central island offers a gas range cooktop  with prep space storage space below for serving and cooking pieces, while a separate island features a sink and additional preparation space to the right of the sink.  Be sure to note the wet bar next to the oven, and the small office style seating space to the right.   

A different view shows the impressive amount of lighting that has been included in the room.  A large circular skylight combines with other recessed lighting, and the wide windows directly ahead, to make this room glow, no matter what the time of day.  A breakfast bar offers a spot for a quick breakfast or luncheon meal, or an opportunity for guests to speak with the cook while meals are being prepared.  Appliances in place include a dishwasher, double over, gas range/cooktop, built in oven, and refrigerator.  

Between the kitchen and the patio area is this cozy breakfast nook, which is ideal for a morning cup of coffee, a leisurely breakfast or lunch, or quiet book reading.  Note the additional counter space against the window to the side  The best feature is the large sliding door that can be opened to enjoy the gardens outside.  

Just off the kitchen is this exceedingly gracious family room which presents yet another space for entertaining.  Because of its proximity to the kitchen, and the availability of the large sliding doors to the spacious patio area, food service can done with ease and efficiency.  On cooler evenings, the doors can provide an outside view, and the fireplace can provide the warmth.  

 Through the family room doors above is this private patio area surrounded by a imaginative garden space.

  The lower level of the home features this exceptional recreation/rumpus room.  Generous in size, it offers a variety of design configurations depending on need.  Once again, the concept of bringing the "outdoors indoors" works here with the large pair of glass doors leading outside.  

A reverse view shows the commanding built in bookcase that serves as a unique spot for a large flat screen TV, and as an expansive storage space for a variety of needs-artistic or electronic.  

Just off the recreation room is this cozy office area that provides a wet bar for downstairs entertaining. 

There are four bedrooms in the home, three  of which are being shown for your consideration and review.  The first, above, is on the upper level of the home, and is comfortably sized with multiple views of the outside gardens and greenery.  

Steps away is this desirable master bathroom that provides a stall shower, and accompanying tub with jets.  Dual sinks, and plentiful counter space, add to the appeal, as does the the lengthy mirror overhead.  

 A second upstairs bedroom has multiple amenities to offer.  The large windows that surround the room allow in light and warm color, and the built in bookshelves are perfect for displaying favorite books, magazines, and collectibles.  

The lower level has a charming bedroom with garden views, spacious bookshelves, and a gentle ambiance. It is paired with the gleaming bathroom seen below.

This lower bathroom is pleasing in appearance, and functional for its size.  A stall shower with seat, an updated sink, and glass block dividers all add stylish touches.  

As will be expected in a home of this quality, the gardens are as pleasing as the interiors. There are  multiple locations available for the gathering of friends.  Whether used for entertaining, or just as a quiet retreat, it is exceedingly flexible as to its uses.  

If you would like to make this engaging home yours, I encourage you to contact me promptly with your questions and interests about this, or similar homes in the area.  It is being offered for sale for $2,997,000.  I can be reached at  (510) 517-6280.  I look forward to working with you. 

(Listing Courtesy of Anian Tunney of The Grubb Company)

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