Moraga Via, a sought-after street of custom homes, offers families the opportunity to walk to acclaimed Glorietta Elementary School, and is just minutes from downtown Orinda, with its charming shops and restaurants, BART, and access to commute routes. The estate home at 16 Moraga Via occupies a prime 1.1 acre site with lawn, patios and meandering garden paths, surrounded by lovely natural oaks. The spacious 4864 square foot home has been carefully designed with meticulous attention to detail, soaring ceilings, ample natural light, and an ideal floor plan for family living and elegant entertaining. Originally built in 1990, the residence has been beautifully maintained and painstakingly updated by its longtime owners.
A circular driveway with lighted stone entry pillars leads to the brick covered porch and double front doors. The grand entry, with hardwood floor and vaulted ceiling, is a herald of the dramatic architectural style inherent throughout the home.
The living room features gorgeous views of the surrounding oak trees, vaulted coffered ceiling, recessed lighting, marble wet bar, and gas fireplace with marble surround and wood mantel. A step up leads to the formal dining room, also with coffered ceiling and hardwood flooring. The spacious, beautifully renovated chef’s kitchen is the heart of the home, with hardwood flooring, large center island with prep sink, walk-in pantry, granite counters, and stainless steel appliances including Bosch gas cooktop, Bosch dishwasher, Frigidaire double ovens, and Edgestar wine cooler.
A convenient built-in desk and peninsula eating area accommodate the family. The delightful six-sided breakfast room with two glass doors to the patio is surrounded by windows to offer garden views in every direction.
Ideally located next to the kitchen, the spacious family room features tall windows with pastoral views, a sunny window seat, fireplace with raised marble hearth and custom surround, dramatic high ceilings, and a glass door to the deck. The “back stairs” to the bedroom wing provide easy and informal access for children. There is a convenient powder room with pedestal sink. Completing the lower level is an inviting guest room with plantation shutters and additional full bathroom with bay window, beautifully renovated with elegant tiled rainhead shower and marble counter.
A wide formal staircase to the upper level is flooded with light from the Palladian window on the landing, as well as a skylight above. Double doors lead to the romantic master suite, in its own private wing. The charming sitting area with its raised hearth marble gas fireplace, marble wet bar, and delightful window seat is the perfect place to curl up for a cozy afternoon with a cup of tea and a good book.
The bedroom boasts a vaulted ceiling with skylight and a door leading to a sunny private deck. The huge walk-in closet has its own window, allowing wardrobe selection in natural light. A luxurious bathroom featuring jetted tub with marble surround, separate shower, double sinks and a Palladian window complete the suite.
Three additional bedrooms each with its own distinctive architectural features—cozy window seats, high ceilings—are all spacious and well-appointed with plantation shutters. One of the bedrooms has an inviting en suite bathroom with tiled shower. The main hall bathroom has dual vanities, a combination tub/shower, and high ceiling with skylight. Centrally located, the family/media room on this level is great for the kids, with built-in bookcases, charming window seat with pastoral view, and high ceiling with skylight. Completing the bedroom wing, a large sunny laundry room has skylight, sink, and ample cabinetry. Further amenities of the home include two zones of central heating and air conditioning, central vacuum system, security alarm system, and three car garage with interior access and remote door openers.
The lovely outdoor areas include a lawn for play, decks for relaxing, and brick patio for al fresco dining and entertaining. The towering native oaks provide shade and beauty as well as strong limbs for swings! Wander over the hill and enjoy lovely vistas and secret places to meditate. This is truly a paradise for exploration. 16 Moraga Via combines all the elements of a comfortable family home with space for myriad activities with the striking architecture and fine finishes of a distinctive estate home. This is a property that your family will cherish for years to come.