Located in the Oakland hills in the Montclair neighborhood at 2015 Drake Drive, this dramatic hillside home incorporates the best of location, view, architecture, and charm.  It is designed for entertaining, yet retains a privacy that is always appreciated.  It offers 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in approximately 1709 sf of living space.  

 This spacious pool is the recreational anchor of the home. An enclosed patio at the top right joins a large upstairs glass fronted porch for viewing from above, and a lower open patio also the right combines with a walkway to a pair of expansive sliding glass doors--all with the goal of soothing poolside relaxation.   

Just above the pool, and off the living room, this enclosed patio space features the best of both worlds in its design.  It offers a view of the swimming area, and combines it with a commanding view of the SF Bay area below.  

Sheltered under a sturdy shade tree, the entrance to this home is well designed, featuring a lush grass frontage, and pleasant, well established greenery. 

  This gleaming living room offers features of glass that provide a sparkling light that illuminates the living space, as seen here. This light is complimented by the additional light that streams in from the enclosed patio just outside the open door, as seen in the view two spaces above.  The rich golden color of the hardwood floors is carried through in the tiles of the desirable central fireplace. 

Perfectly designed with a graceful colonnade surround, and topped with a handsome mantel, the fireplace provides an ideal gathering spot for entertaining on a cool Bay area evening.  

 Just steps away is this inviting formal dining room space.  As with most of the rooms in the residence, it, too, is provided with a handsome set of view windows.  It is flexible enough in size to accommodate a comfortably sized dining table and chairs, with additional room for a buffet server.

  This room also provides a reminder of the quality of workmanship throughout the home.  As you move from room to room, note the extensive wood trim that is seen above and around ceilings, floors, doors and entryways.   

 Moving to the kitchen area, this cheerful work space is perfectly placed to provide delicious meals to friends and residents -whether in the dining room, kitchen nook, or out on the surrounding view balconies.  Amenities include a gas range/cooktop refrigerator, and multiple levels of storage space.  

A view to the right reveals a built in display cabinet with additional storage space below, and two large over the sink windows that open to the outside greenery.  

Just steps away is this cozy breakfast nook that is well placed to provide a serene view of the Bay while enjoying a cup of coffee with a good book, or a casual lunch before a swim in the pool below. 

This front deck is one of the many elements that allows this home to rise above so many in the Montclair hills.  It provides a soothing setting for enjoying both elements that make this home so unique--the desirable pool below, and the dramatic vistas directly ahead.

What an amazing perspective from the deck.  It combines the best of the irresistible pool ambiance with the stunning Bay area views that will vary from day to day and week to week as the seasons change.

These gracious steps lead to the three upper floor bedrooms, and the railings are enhanced with imaginative wrought iron designs.

The first of the three bedrooms is true to the rest of the theme of the entire home--the view is predominant.   This concept is further enhanced by the use of a sliding glass door on the closet that reflects and captures the scene still further.

The second generously sized bedroom is highlighted by this pair of corner windows that reveal the vistas below, and has a sufficiently sized floor space to allow for a built in window seat, and large mirrored dresser and side tables.

 The third and final bedroom is perfect for a student room, or, if not needed as a bedroom, would be well suited as an office or study.

There are three levels in the home.  The top floor holds three bedrooms, the main floor holds the living room, dining room, patio deck and kitchen, and the lower level, seen here,  features this very expansive family room that encourages multiple configurations and design concepts to fit the resident's needs.  

A reverse perspective of the family room reveals a pair of large sliding glass doors that open out onto a lower patio.  What an ideal spot for hosting an afternoon luncheon and a swim with friends.  Later, as the seasons change, one can can still enjoy the pool while staying indoors and enjoying the warmth and charm that the room provides.  

If this amazing spot is where you would like to be in your future home, please call me with your questions and interest at (510) 517-6280.  I look forward to working with you.  The home is being offered for sale for  $1,195,000.  

(Listing Courtesy of Mindy Scott of Compass Real Estate)

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