128 Scenic Drive (Recently Sold)

Scenic Drive is a lovely street of individualized homes located along a beautiful ridge line in one of Orinda’s most exclusive close-in neighborhoods. This sought after area combines rural tranquility with easy proximity to shopping and transportation. Children attend top rated schools–Glorietta Elementary (check with school district regarding grade level availability), Orinda Intermediate, and Miramonte High.

There is a convenient walking path at the end of Catherine Court that gives elementary school students the option to easily walk to school. The home at 128 Scenic Drive occupies a prime 1/2 acre knoll site that is both quiet and private, with wooded views. The four bedroom ranch style residence, originally built in 1955, consists of 2284 square feet, per assessor record. It has been considerably updated by its current owners, but has great potential for further expansion or renovation.

The residence has extraordinary curb appeal–it is set well back from the street, with attractive brick trim on the exterior siding and a covered entry porch. The front door with leaded glass side panel opens to the formal tiled entry with inlay pattern. A gracious living room with random plank hardwood floors, an open beam vaulted ceiling, and a raised hearth brick fireplace will be the perfect setting for large gatherings or informal family living.

The big picture window with leaded side panels enjoys a lovely view across the valley. The recently updated kitchen has gleaming granite counters, ample cabinetry including a built-in wine rack, and quality appliances, including a stainless steel Frigidaire stove and Bosch dishwasher, additional oven, and refrigerator. It adjoins an informal family room/dining area with vaulted ceiling, built-in barbecue, and sliding door for easy access to the rear patio and back yard.

The four bedrooms share a wing. They all have hardwood floors and paneled interior doors. The master bedroom has two closets in a dressing nook, built-in dresser space, and its own en suite bathroom, plus a lovely view from the double corner windows. The hall bathroom has a tiled tub/shower combination. A spacious “bonus room” at the opposite end of the home could serve as in-law quarters, home office, or playroom. It has two skylights, a roomy closet, and double doors opening to the yard. A beautifully renovated full bathroom with frameless stall shower is conveniently adjacent. A spacious and sunny laundry room completes this wing of the home.

The roomy two car garage has interior access and a sectional garage door with remote opener. The home has a fire resistant composition shingle roof. The gorgeous .5 acre site has a rear patio and adjacent lawn that wraps around to the generous side yard. There are pastoral views filtered by mature oak trees. The down-sloping portion of the lot could be developed to provide additional outdoor living space, or it could be a lovely setting for the addition of a cantilevered deck. In all, 128 Scenic Drive is a move-in ready home for a growing family, with enormous potential for future upgrades on a beautiful lot in an exclusive neighborhood.

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