24 Lavenida Drive (Recently Sold)

Amazing new price!

A hidden gem tucked away at the end of a private drive, 24 Lavenida has been lovingly maintained and expanded by the current owner, who has occupied the home for 34 years. Built in 1955, this 2410 square foot (per owner’s plans) custom home has a wonderful floor plan for families, and occupies a prime mostly level .37 acre site. The property is located in a sought-after south Orinda location, on a quiet cul-de-sac within walking distance of twelve years of top-rated Orinda schools, and minutes from shopping, BART, and freeways.

The spacious living room provides an inviting gathering place, with high beamed ceiling and raised hearth fireplace with gas insert heater and remote control thermostat. The charming bay window seating alcove with skylights has lovely views and an adjacent glass door to provide access to the garden. The formal dining area has ample built-in cabinetry and also overlooks the garden. Exuding warmth and charm, the sunny updated kitchen offers all the amenities desired by the chef. Appliances include Kitchenaid refrigerator and Dacor stove with gas cooktop and electric oven. The custom cabinetry provides extensive storage, with convenient pull-out pantry shelving. The large breakfast room is surrounded by windows and has a sliding door for easy access to the yard, for play or al fresco dining. The well-located laundry room also provides extensive storage.

There are three large sunny bedrooms downstairs. One, currently used as an office, does not have a closet but has a sliding door to the yard. There are two full bathrooms downstairs. One has a tiled combination tub/shower. The other, with shower, evokes a Mediterranean feel with custom tiles imported from Spain. Upstairs, the gorgeous master bedroom suite, thoughtfully designed by the current owners, exudes a sense of privacy and serenity. The bedroom and adjacent spacious sitting room, both with architecturally designed vaulted exposed beam ceilings and hardwood flooring, provide a magical retreat with lovely views. The sitting room, with its private balcony, has versatile possibilities for use as a nursery, exercise room, hobby area, or office. There is an en suite bathroom with two vanities and tiled shower, and a large walk-in closet.

The enchanting outdoor space is truly one of the most beautiful in Orinda. The home is surrounded by level lawns, accented by gorgeous flowering bushes and trees. The property is framed by majestic oaks and redwoods, which shelter a serene shaded deck adjacent to the creek. With a patio for dining and relaxing, lawns for play, beds for vegetables or cutting garden, this yard provides for all the family’s desires.

Additional features of 24 Lavenida include forced air central heating and air conditioning, mostly dual pane windows throughout, and large exterior storage room. Children can walk to Del Rey Elementary School via the walking path at the end of the adjacent cul de sac, Estabueno Drive. This meticulously maintained idyllic retreat is a genuine find in the heart of Orinda, and represents a lucky family’s “forever” home.

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