Stunningly renovated and expanded by the boutique architectural firm Oculus, this designer home is situated on an incredible 1.08 acre estate setting in the sought-after Glorietta neighborhood. This lovely private oasis of tranquility is graced by magnificent centuries old oak trees and provides the ideal venue for entertaining or family adventures. The 2393 square foot (per assessor record) home reflects the vision of James Miller, the noted architect, who sought to incorporate the unparalleled natural setting into his vision of the home, creating a one-of-a-kind floor plan, awash in natural light. 16 Hall Drive defines the architect’s stated mission of a commitment “to producing quality architecture that exemplifies design integrity coupled with the craft of building.”
Entering through the custom wrought-iron gate, one transitions to the calm of a natural park-like setting. Up the long private drive, the home is situated to take best advantage of the views and shade of the ancient oaks. The dramatic entry foyer features practical storage cubbies and seating, while simultaneously offering a preview of the home’s drama. Down a few steps, the open great room includes a lovely sitting area oriented toward the panoramic vista. With maple hardwood flooring, handsome beamed wood ceiling, transom windows, subtle pendant lighting, and Andersen wood sliding door to the deck, this room is ideal for entertaining or relaxing. Delightful surprises include the “mail station” – when opened, French doors reveal not a closet, but a well-designed command center, with built-in desk, mail cubbies, and even a chute for waste paper!
Separated from the living room by a unique granite-topped island, the adjacent dining room features Andersen wood French doors and a custom- designed ceiling with discrete mood lighting. With granite counters, sky windows, recessed lighting, birch cabinets, and gorgeous views, the gourmet kitchen allows the chef to be in the center of the action. Conveniently located off the kitchen, the laundry room has ample storage space to double as a pantry.
Well situated on the main level, the master bedroom offers romantic vistas of the leafy oaks. The glass door affords easy access to the deck for an early morning breath of fresh air or a late night peek at the moon. The two mirrored closets are well-appointed with built-ins by California Closets. The en suite bathroom has granite counter and a travertine floor. The adjacent bedroom could also be a nursery or, as it is currently used, a home office. It also has a closet outfitted by California Closets. The full bathroom on this level is truly artistic, with its designer granite sink, travertine floor, and a sky window to shine light on the combination tub/shower.
Downstairs, there are two additional spacious bedrooms. Both rooms have large corner windows to take in the lovely views, and both have closets outfitted by California Closets. The central bonus room could be a play room or gathering space for watching TV, and offers a convenient glass door for easy access to the back yard. There is also a very large walk-in storage closet.
Additional features of the home include a covered carport for two cars and a large workshop/storage shed that is 15 feet wide and has high ceilings. There are dual pane wood Andersen windows and doors throughout the house, as well as five operable sky windows. All interior doors are solid maple. The home is well-insulated, with central forced air heating and air conditioning.
Children attend sought-after Orinda schools, including Glorietta Elementary, Orinda Intermediate, and Miramonte High School (in the top-rated district in California). Families can take the walking path to Glorietta, as well as to Meadow Swim and Tennis Club. Hall Drive is ideally situated close to all of Orinda’s amenities and commute options, including BART. It is just a few minutes as well from the charming Rheem Valley Shopping Center, including restaurants and the Rheem Theater.
The spectacular one-plus acre site offers one of the finer settings in Orinda. The shaded stone patio is perfect for al fresco entertaining or relaxing. With the well-equipped outdoor kitchen, including stainless BBQ grill, refrigerator, and sink, full meals can be prepared for a large crowd. While adults gather in the various seating areas for conversation, children can explore the grounds. The level lawn invites a possible game of croquet, while the meandering paths invoke a natural woodland. Imagine the delight of the child who discovers the fabulous tree house! Wonderfully envisioned and lovingly constructed for the owner’s children, this special hideaway is a magnet for neighborhood friends. The whimsical giant chess set and adjacent picnic table overlooking the creek offer yet another destination for play or meditation. This is indeed a rare opportunity to own an estate setting in the heart of Orinda that will be enjoyed by your own family and possibly become a legacy for generations to come.