An Exceptional Custom Orinda Downs Estate
Located on one of the most sought after streets in the prestigious Orinda Downs neighborhood, the home was built in 1992 by John French, as his personal residence. This stunning French-Tudor offers approximately 4,626 square feet of beautifully appointed living space. The inviting floor plan features four bedrooms, three full baths and one half bath. This unique and individually located residence provides fabulous, far-reaching views of the surrounding Orinda hills.
Situated on a private, 1.15± acre lot on a wide tree-lined lane, this property showcases gorgeous mature landscaping including an infinity pool and spa, automatic sprinklers, outdoor lighting and two driveways. The ‘Upper Drive’ makes a grand circular entrance to the front of the home surrounded by a San Francisco cobblestone wall and a natural woodland landscape. The ‘Lower Drive’ leads to the three-car garage to the side of the home. The back yard is fully fenced offering security and privacy.
Incredible craftsmanship and attention to detail are evident throughout the home with gorgeous maple hardwood floors, high ceilings, custom base and crown molding and two fireplaces. Equally impressive are the thoughtful “trail” lighting system and built in speaker system throughout all the entertaining areas, garage and outdoors. The home is also equipped with an audio-visual and alarm system.
This entertainer’s dream kitchen features a large butcher-block island with a 5-burner gas cooktop, double ovens, microwave, two dishwashers, two sinks and a Sub-zero refrigerator/freezer. A very generous pantry holds all your household items conveniently out of sight. A lovely glass front cabinet proudly displays your favorite collectibles. This gourmet kitchen also boasts an eat-at counter and a cozy breakfast nook with stunning antique chandelier and wonderful natural light.
The great room features a magnificent San Francisco cobblestone fireplace with gas starter. Three French doors lead you out to the ideal entertaining space. Upon exiting the home you will discover a slate patio with BBQ area for outdoor dining and relaxing. Look further and you will find a stunning infinity pool with beautiful San Francisco cobble stone features and built in programmable spa. Just above the pool is a second lounge or dining area with brilliant views of the Orinda hills all around. The terraced hillside is perfectly landscaped as a delightful English garden with a secret path, which leads to a private viewing area for relaxing, reading or meditating. The area could also be the perfect spot for your own vineyard!
The entry invites you in with high ceilings, impressive columns and antique chandelier. Step down to the formal living room, which offers a natural stone mantel fireplace and multiple windows with beautiful silk coverings. Adjacent to the living room is a cozy chamber with TV and surround sound. Shut the double doors and you have your own private theatre!
The lovely formal dining room is the perfect place for family gatherings or dinner parties. An antique crystal chandelier is the showpiece of this pleasing room. With wonderful natural light and custom silk window coverings, this room is sure to delight your diners.
On the main level, the spacious master bedroom boasts French doors to a private patio surrounded by the gardens. The luxurious master bath offers marble floors, oversized shower, jetted soaking tub and dual sinks with marble counters. The walk-in closet is off the en-suite for private dressing. A linen closet holds all the comforts needed for the master suite.
An additional en suite bedroom is located on the main level. It boasts a built-in window seat and desk. On the half landing there is a comfortable window seat, leading to the second floor.
Upstairs there is a spacious area for play, hobbies, TV viewing or studying. There are also two additional bedrooms and one bath with wonderful detail, built-in closets and desks.
Additional rooms include a very generous storage room with built-in cubicles, a large utility room off the garage houses the washer/dryer and enough racking space for the most discerning wine collector. One of the three bays in the garage is currently being used as a home gym, complete with built-in speakers and cable TV.