Happy Valley has long been regarded as Lafayette’s most prestigious neighborhood, boasting numerous custom estate properties on large lots. The 4.15 acre site at 4124 Happy Valley Road is one of the area’s loveliest settings, featuring magnificent views, lush landscaping, and secluded gardens. The 4509 square foot (per assessor record) home was built in 1979 and has been beautifully maintained and updated by its longtime current owner. An electronically operated entry gate opens to a curving driveway, with broad aggregate steps, flanked by a stone wall, leading to the front porch. The custom front door, with leaded and beveled glass inlays, opens to the stately formal entry way, featuring crown molding and handsome parquet flooring, which is found throughout the public rooms of the main level. Straight ahead is the gracious living room, with massive beamed ceiling and marble fireplace with carved wood mantel. This beautiful room has French doors which open to the deck and expansive patio, and views of the magnificent centuries old oak tree.
The adjacent formal dining room has a soaring beamed ceiling, wonderful views, and architecturally original, hexagonal design (please exclude dining fixture). The beautifully renovated kitchen features expansive granite counters, ample cabinets, tile flooring, recessed lighting, and quality stainless steel appliances including a Thermador professional gas cook top and oven, Kitchen-Aid refrigerator, and Asko dishwasher. The large window above the oversized sink frames a breathtaking view of the distant Las Trampas mountain range. The kitchen has two roomy pantries and a convenient breakfast bar. Informal dining is also a delight in the sunny breakfast nook, with three sided windows and built-in upholstered seating. Next to the breakfast room is the well appointed family room, with soaring ceiling, floor to ceiling, raised hearth stone fireplace, Palladian window, and plantation shutters. French doors open to a charming outdoor terrace, ideal for early morning coffee or dining al fresco. The elegant powder room with its marble counter completes the main level.
A dramatic curved staircase with ornate overhead skylight leads to the upper level of the home. The beautiful master bedroom enjoys wonderful views of the landmark oak tree in the foreground and the Las Trampas ridge in the distance. There is a raised hearth marble fireplace flanked by bookcases, a spacious walk-in closet, and a roof window/sky light. The master bathroom has lovely vistas from two arched windows with plantation shutters, an oversized jetted tub, and separate stall shower. In addition to the two vanities there is a broad counter area serving as a makeup/vanity station. The three children/guest bedrooms all have walk-in closets and private bathroom access. Two of the bedrooms share a beautifully updated Jack and Jill bathroom with dual vanities set in a marble counter and compartmented tub/shower combination. The third bedroom has its own en suite bathroom with tub/shower and a lovely southwest facing view through the large picture window. Two of the bedrooms have sliding door access to the yard. The conveniently located upstairs laundry room has a wash basin, built-in cabinets, and solar tube illumination.
The lower level of the home could serve as a playroom, home office, or in-law apartment, with a full bathroom and outdoor access to a deck and lawn area. Additional features include a roomy three car garage with sectional doors and overhead storage, dual zone central heating and air conditioning, security alarm system, and generous storage space throughout the house, including two large basement store rooms. The beautiful and extensive grounds are delightful with meandering paths leading to flowering gardens and large level lawn areas (do not miss the rope swing on the upper lawn). The main patio is a wonderful secluded retreat that has accommodated a number of large parties and wedding receptions, presided over by the magnificent oak tree. Guests can also circulate throughout the inviting public rooms—the open floor plan, with its easy outside access, is ideal for gracious entertaining, both indoors and out, as well as day to day family life .
And, of course, children attend top rated schools—Happy Valley Elementary, Stanley Middle School, and Acalanes High.
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