No need for a weekend getaway if you call 16 Rich Acres home! Just minutes from all amenities, yet embracing the feel of a rural woodland lane, the charming gated neighborhood of Rich Acres is Orinda’s best-kept secret. The delightful property, ringed by mature evergreens, exudes the aura of a sophisticated mountain cabin, with lovely views, and an air of serenity.
A wide front porch of Trex decking leads to the front door. Inside, the entry boasts a dramatic two story ceiling. Hardwood flooring leads to the stunning living room, with vaulted ceiling, raised hearth stone fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame views of the redwoods. A step up from the living room, the formal dining room also has wood flooring and an adjacent wet bar with glass shelving and recessed lighting. The inviting kitchen has been tastefully updated, with granite countertops, tile flooring, LG stainless steel refrigerator, Jennair gas stove, recessed lighting, a center island, and skylight. With a sliding door to the deck, the sunny eating area is ideal for family gatherings. Conveniently situated off the kitchen, the warm family room’s focal point is the raised hearth fireplace with travertine surround and gas starter, flanked by windows. Skylights provide additional sunlight. A unique spiral staircase with thick wooden stairs offers a back route to the upstairs bedrooms. There is also a full bathroom, with a stall shower and a door to the back yard.
The downstairs bedroom wing features two spacious and airy bedrooms with high ceilings and hardwood flooring. One has a sliding door to the rear patio. The adjacent sparkling white bathroom has a tiled combination tub/shower and hardwood flooring. Well-located in the bedroom wing, the large laundry room has a sink, ample storage, and a door to the back yard.
Upstairs, the delightful master bedroom suite is entered through glass French doors with true divided lights. With high ceiling, stained glass window, and recessed lighting, this room has the romantic feel of a bed-and-breakfast retreat. The beautifully renovated en suite bathroom, flooded with light from skylights, features dual vanities, large shower, and mirrored closets. The adjacent fourth bedroom, with rear staircase access, has a separate closet. It could also serve as an office or nursery.
The exceptional .7 acre property offers a variety of options for enjoying the outdoor California experience. The expansive deck off the kitchen is ideal for barbecues and al fresco dining. Behind the home, the huge paver patio could serve the full spectrum of needs, from a racetrack for toddlers’ trikes to a venue for gala outdoor celebrations. The large level yard could be developed for the avid gardener or could become the perfect site for climbing structures and swings. Follow the path to the rear of the property to discover the 16 x 24 raised vegetable bed. Apple, nectarine, and cherry trees provide abundant seasonal fruits. The attached two car garage, with storage, has interior entry to the kitchen wing of the house.
This is an amazing opportunity to own a very special architect-designed home in the heart of Orinda. Recognized architect Ben Jong created the original design for the house, which has been lovingly updated while maintaining the architectural integrity. Combining the best of Orinda’s rural charm with fabulous proximity to downtown shopping, commute arteries, BART, sports fields, and schools (including Wagner Ranch Elementary), 16 Rich Acres provides a warm yet dramatic environment for a growing creative family.