This handsome Craftsman style home sits on a Piedmont hillside and offers a panoramic view of the San Francisco Bay area that is always in demand, and is truly impressive.  Located close to downtown Piedmont and Montclair Village, at 198 Maxwelton Road, it features 5 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths.  

 Although it was built in 2011, the home was designed to capture the charm of the Craftsman style homes that were, and still are, popular in Piedmont.  From its charming front door with paired window side panels and classic entry lamp, to its brown shingle exterior and exterior porch seating, it is inviting.

Sitting high atop the hills in Piedmont, this home features sweeping Bay area views from the moment one enters the home.  What an impressive welcoming sight for guests each time they enter, and additionally, a perfect daily personal view, no matter where one chooses to sit.  The impressive exposed beamed ceiling, and the warmth of the wooden floors and the full wainscoting, are classic for the Craftsman design.  

 Arts and Craft homes are characterized by a central fireplace with decorative tiles and spacious mantels, and this home illustrates that charm-and more.  Also classic to the theme are built in glass fronted bookcases, and exposed rafters under the eaves.  All the features seen here  are very best representation of the design, and to add to the desirability, there is always the Bay area view.  

Just steps away, is a graceful formal dining room that perfectly designed to entertain friends on pleasant evening with an elegant meal.  A perfect post meal activity would be to step to the outside porch through the French doors to enjoy a special dessert.  It room would be equally suited for a stylish luncheon or tea.  

A reverse view of the dining room shows both the the doors to the outside deck, and the nearby kitchen space that is just steps away.  

This glowing kitchen has virtually all of the amenities that any imaginative cook could desire.  The soapstone counter space, especially around the sink, is expansive, and is complimented by yet more space from the central island.  Be sure to note the breakfast bar seating at the end of the island, and the office/workspace nook to the right.  A spacious pantry area is to the rear.  

Kitchen amenities include a Shaw sink, a Blue Star range, a JennAir refrigerator, and a wine cooler.  Be sure to note the impressive amount of storage at every level for the placement of your best cooking utensils and serving pieces.  Also, due to this floor plan, the chef and assistants can easily converse with guests from either the dining area or the seats around the island.  

Adjacent to the kitchen is this impressive wet bar, complete with multiple glass doors that are designed to highlight your best glassware. A  comfortable work surface and various sized drawers completes the picture.  

This expansive outside view porch is just off the kitchen and dining room, and is just perfect for total private relaxation or, just as easily, a formal party.  Everything awaits your choice.   

The warm glow of the interior lights at sunset add a different, and yet equally dramatic, ambiance to the exterior porch. 

 There are 5 bedrooms in the home, and 3 are being shown here for your review and consideration.  The first, the master bedroom, above, is spacious, and awash in light from the many windows around the room.  Outside, these windows give Bay area views, and ahead is a delightful patio designed for relaxation, reading and private time.  

A reverse view towards the master bedroom reveals all that the patio has to offer.  Above the fencing is the sweeping Bay area that this home was designed to capture.  Seating around a warm fire pit area is ideal at any time of the day, but at night, a cozy fire adds even more charm.  

Close by is this impressive and substantial master bathroom that features gorgeous tile, a very inviting tub with jets, dual sinks with additional counter space between, and plentiful storage space.  

A second bedroom is truly dramatic architecturally.  Its deeply angle beamed ceiling, coupled with the extensive, and very richly trimmed windows and floor trim shows imagination throughout. 

 A third bedroom continues the dramatic ceiling design, and couples it with desirable window views of the outside garden and greenery.  Once again, the lightly colored wooden floor is an additional asset. .  

An outstanding premium of this home is the executive office above.  With multi-level and multi-sized shelving, high ceilings and view windows, this is an extremely flexible space, with potential use as a study, library or private retreat.

Also included in the floor plan is this cozy area which is presently being used as a gym.  It, too, could be converted to an arts and craft room or smaller office,should the need arise.  

One of the most impressive bonuses, and always in demand, is this spacious temperature controlled wine cellar just waiting to be stocked with an extensive supply of wines.   

An overhead view reveals the impressive yard and surrounding space, but, most importantly, a full sense of the extent of the views available from this hilltop domain.  

A closing view of the home reveals its many and varied ways to enjoy the outdoors, the gardens, and the 4 bridge Bay area panoramas.  I would encourage you to call me promptly regarding this home with your questions and interests.  It offers approximately 3874 sf of living space, and is being offered for sale for $2,900,000.  I can be reached at (510) 517-6280.  I look forward to working with you.

(Listing courtesy of Stacey Isaacs of Compass Real Estate)

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