Oakwood Road is a picturesque cul de sac of custom homes surrounded by majestic oaks. Ideally situated within walking distance of downtown shops, theater, and restaurants, as well as BART, this winding country lane is one of Orinda’s best-kept secrets. Children attend top-rated Orinda schools, including Glorietta Elementary (check grade level availability), Orinda Intermediate, and Miramonte High School. Enjoy the neighborhood’s annual summer pot-luck dinner, and join the swim and tennis fun for the family at close-by Meadow Swim and Tennis Club.
The incredible property at 31 Oakwood Road is a prime .8 acre site – a lovely private oasis of tranquility graced by magnificent centuries- old oak trees. Originally built in 1949, the 2561 square foot residence (per assessor record) boasts classic mid-century architectural style. The broad front door opens to the foyer, which leads to the strikingly beautiful living room. With a wall of Pella wood windows overlooking the garden, oak hardwood floor, and fireplace with brick hearth, this timeless room is ideal for cozy family gatherings or large scale entertaining. The adjacent formal dining room also has hardwood flooring and features windows with garden views. The charming Pella wood French doors with true divided lights are accessible from both living room and dining room.
The current owner, a professional chef, has delighted in both the setting and function of the centrally located kitchen. Stainless steel appliances include the Bosch dishwasher, Wolf gas cooktop, and Thermador double ovens. The glass-front cabinets and tile counters and tile flooring add to the character of this warm and inviting space. With wood dual pane bay window and built-in window seat, the sunny sky-lit breakfast area is a delightful spot for morning coffee or family dinners. The back door leads to the adjacent deck.
A light-filled corridor with built-in display cabinets provides access to the bedrooms on the main level. The master bedroom features hardwood flooring and dual pane wood windows with a verdant view. The luxurious master bathroom has a tile floor, tiled shower with dual shower heads and steam, Jacuzzi tub “for two,” and a bay window. There is a large well-appointed walk-in closet as well as two additional closets. The second bedroom also has a wall of windows with a view, and an en suite bathroom with tiled combination tub/shower. The cheerful hall bathroom has distinctive vintage tile and a combination tub/shower.
Downstairs, the large wood-paneled family room offers views of the surrounding trees and includes built-in shelving and drawers for books and toys. The private third bedroom has a walk-in closet. The bathroom on this level has been updated, with a tiled shower. With sink and storage cabinetry, the laundry room also has a door to the yard, so that children can shed dirty clothes on their way inside from play.
The spectacular park-like setting has been thoughtfully landscaped to retain its natural beauty, while providing all the functional areas of the ideal back yard. The rear patio is an excellent vantage point from which to watch the kids play soccer on the expansive level lawn. Occupying its own sunny spot, the sparkling pool could easily be separately fenced. Highlights are the outdoor shower and the adjacent sauna. Well situated off the kitchen, the side deck, perched amidst the trees, is perfect for al fresco dining. There is ample storage space in the free-standing outdoor storage shed. The carport, housing three vehicles, affords easy level access to the home.
31 Oakwood Road represents a truly unique opportunity for the individual who has been seeking the hard-to-find charm of old Orinda coupled with the ease of today’s lifestyle, in a truly spectacular natural setting.