This remarkable sweeping view is available 24 hours a day, year round, from a home that has just gone on the market at 42 Villanova Drive in the Montclair neighborhood of Oakland.  Included in the panorama is Mt. Tamalpais, both the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge, San Francisco Bay, and the cities of San Francisco and Oakland.  The home offers 5 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, in approximately 3607 sf of living space.  

While it might seem remote from all below, it is in fact close to everything that the Oakland hills can provide.  Just above Skyline Boulevard, and adjacent to the Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, the house's location is close to the many hiking and biking trails found in the Oakland hills.  Close by are the popular shops and restaurants of Rockridge, Montclair and Elmwood, and the interchange of Highways 580 and 24, that leads east to Orinda, Lafayette and Walnut Creek, and west to Oakland and the Bay Bridge.   

 This gleaming living room is awash in light from the expansive wall to wall windows the reveal the stunning scenes below.   The light is enhanced by the presence of the glowing white peaked open beamed ceiling that covers the entire room. 

 A set of sliding glass doors open to the outside view deck, inviting both guests and residents to move comfortably from one location to another in this exceptional living space.  

There is no question that this home has been designed for both comfortable living and relaxation, as seen here, where the seating is grouped around the fireplace and media center.  However, given the generous floor space, there are multiple configurations and design perspectives possible here, providing even more opportunities for its use.    

 Off to the far right of the living area, is this  marvelous dining room, complete with its own delightful and picturesque stove, and proximity to the outstanding kitchen space.  While the table is well placed for formal dining if desired, it is equally flexible as a buffet table for an afternoon luncheon, providing a means for guests to move freely to the deck while embracing the views.  

Two views of the deck reveal the expansiveness of the city below when stepping outside.  Seen here is the door from the fireplace and media center.

This view, just off the dining room, reveals the unparalleled 180 degree sweep of the vista below.  There is more than enough deck space for tables, chairs, and outdoor furniture, if desired.  

Returning inside, one is immediately engaged with the stunning kitchen that commands the far wall of the upper floor.  The first impression is one of expansive space, and the luminous light that is present in every inch of the room.   Two large view windows, the high white ceiling, the imaginative overhead lighting, and the white of the kitchen floors all contribute to this effect. 

A congenial eat in kitchen counter provides a pleasant space for a simple lunch or breakfast, but also efficiently doubles as a preparation space when needed.  


This kitchen should please the most demanding of chefs.  Amenities include a refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, a gas range cooktop, and extensive preparation space.  Also desirable, is the more than generous cabinet and storage space for favored glassware, china, and serving pieces.  A cheerful bay window over the sink provides a pleasant exterior view.

  There are 5 bedrooms on the lower floor.  Above is the master bedroom with its large picture view window, and room for a generously sized bed and nightstands. Just steps away from is a handsomely updated bathroom seen here and below. 

This masterfully upgraded master bathroom includes this inviting and lush master tub with jets and its own personal view of the city below to enjoy while relaxing.  Also included is a stall shower with multiple shower heads, and a walk in closet.  

An additional upgrade is this bathroom with its graceful pair of twin sinks, matching generously sized mirrors and spacious storage drawers.  

An added asset with this home is this engaging in law quarters/rental unit.  With it generously sized kitchen and counter space, it is a both practical and charming. 

 A an alternate perspective of the unit reveals the more than ample floorspace that is both available, and flexible, for comfortable living.  

A exterior view of the home provides a clear view of the size of the home, its double view balconies, and the soothing surrounding hills and trees .

If this handsome home is one that you would like make your own, I encourage to call me promptly at (510) 517-6280 with your questions and interest.  The home is being offered for sale for $1,295,000.  

Listing by Bruce Wagg of KW Santa Clara Valley, Inc.

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