Nestled in the pastoral hills of Orinda on prestigious Crestview Drive, this single level estate home was completed in 2006. Occupying a mostly level .65 acre knoll, the property affords views of distant hills while offering expansive lawn for play, abundant flowering beds, new outdoor kitchen, and secluded dining patio. The 3427 square foot home (per assessor record) features an ideal family floor plan, with four spacious bedrooms including romantic master suite, and the sought-after kitchen/family room flow. This premiere neighborhood is noted for its exclusive and individualized residences and wonderful proximity to Orinda’s shops, restaurants, and theater, BART, and freeway. Children attend top-rated Orinda schools, including Del Rey Elementary, Orinda Intermediate, and Miramonte High.
Set back from the road, with a level driveway and lush lawn, 199 Crestview has unusual curb appeal. The formal entry features a skylight and marble flooring. The lovely living room, with vaulted ceiling, offers serene views of the oaks, and opens to the dining room, with hardwood flooring. Truly the heart of the home, the stunning kitchen is a chef’s delight, with hardwood floor, full bullnose granite counters, select clear alder custom cabinetry, huge center island with seating for four, recessed lighting, and sleek stainless steel appliances including Viking 6-burner gas cooktop, GE Monogram double ovens (microwave/convection and conventional/convection). Extensive storage cabinets line the walls, and there is a useful desk as well as wine cooler adjacent to the sunny casual dining area, which is large enough to accommodate friends and family. The spacious traditional family room conjures visions of cozy evenings before the fire, a custom limestone fireplace crafted by Venezia in Napa, flanked by convenient built-in shelving and media storage. With its vaulted beamed ceiling with skylights, recessed lighting, and glass door to the back yard, this will be a well-loved gathering place.
There are four sunny bedrooms, including the private master retreat. Light and airy, the master has a vaulted ceiling, recessed lighting, and views. The gorgeous master bathroom, with dual sinks, marble flooring and elegant marble shower, has ample storage. The huge walk-in closet is well-appointed with cabinets and hanging space. The two bedrooms in this wing both have pastoral views and recessed lighting; one has two closets. The compartmented hall bathroom features a combination tub/shower and is finished with elegant tile work. The fourth bedroom, overlooking the garden, is ideally situated to serve alternatively as office or guest room. The full bathroom across the hall has a granite counter and sophisticated tiled shower with frameless glass door.
Ideal for a family with children, the large laundry room is a great repository for muddy soccer clothes. With slate floor, sink, granite counter, and loads of storage, this is a particularly useful space. The oversize two-car garage has built-in cabinetry and a work bench, as well as overhead storage. Additional features of the home include dual pane Pella wood windows throughout, central heating and air conditioning, unusually ample storage areas including hall closets and pantry closet, surround sound with built-in speakers in family room, security alarm system, interior fire sprinklers.
The stunning .66 acre grounds were professionally created by well-known local design company K.B.Kolman Landscape Design. The magical setting affords endless space to roam, surrounded by majestic native oaks. The expansive level lawn is a child’s delight, the rose garden offers colorful floral display, and the sunny vegetable garden is situated for abundant produce. The outdoor kitchen is served by both gas and electricity and features a refrigerator and grilling area. Adjacent is a charming sheltered patio for al fresco dining. The Crestview community pool is just steps away, ideal for summer swimming fun and socializing with neighbors.
199 Crestview Drive is a truly private retreat in an exquisite natural setting, yet only minutes from all of Orinda’s conveniences. Ideal for both lavish entertaining and comfortable family living, this home provides the perfect setting in which to create lasting memories.