Sundown Terrace is located within an exclusive enclave of estate homes in sought after Orinda Downs, known for its broad and inviting streets and lovely neighborhood park and playground. While enjoying quiet and serenity, this prime neighborhood is mere minutes from downtown, BART, and commute routes accessing the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. The gracious 3560 square foot (per appraisal) residence at 259 Sundown Terrace occupies an exceptional .8 acre site, with professionally landscaped gardens, level lawns, and attractive pool and spa. Children attend top rated schools: Sleepy Hollow Elementary, Orinda Intermediate and Miramonte High.
A meandering brick-lined path leads to the custom front doors with etched glass detail. An inviting marble foyer opens to the breathtaking grand piano-sized living room, with its dramatic vaulted ceiling, bow window, and traditional fireplace. Adjacent is the formal dining room with a lovely bay window, high coffered ceiling, crown moldings, glass door to the garden, and custom built-in cabinetry with lighted glass-front doors. Truly the heart of the home, the spacious kitchen features a large center island, granite counter tops, expansive storage including a walk-in pantry, Subzero refrigerator, Kitchenaid double ovens, microwave, and warming drawer. The sunny family-size breakfast area overlooks the serene gardens. A warm brick fireplace with raised hearth is the focal point for the high-ceilinged family room, which has hardwood flooring, a convenient desk area and wet bar with storage. Children will love the dormered loft play room, tucked away above the family room and awash with light from skylights. There is a convenient half bath completing this wing of the home, with an additional formal powder room for guest usage.
The bedroom wing features four spacious bedrooms, all with garden views and plantation shutters. The spacious master bedroom has an inviting sitting area with a door to the patio, vaulted ceiling, and two-way fireplace opening into the bathroom as well. The large en suite tiled bathroom has dual sinks, separate shower and tub and mirrored closets. Conveniently located in the bedroom wing, the laundry room has ample storage shelves. There is a compartmented hall bath with tiled combination tub/shower and dual sinks.
The unparalleled creekside setting offers the ultimate in indoor/outdoor living. Mature trees frame the yard, insuring privacy and a tranquil verdant view. With easy access from virtually every room in the home, the broad shaded deck is ideal for relaxing with a book. The trellised patio with its built-in gas grill invites al fresco dining, while the large level lawn is perfect for soccer or croquet. The stunning solar-heated swimming pool has an automatic retractable child-safe cover and the adjacent spa offers a waterfall feature.
Additional amenities include a three car garage with remote control door openers and interior access to the home, two zone central forced air heating and air conditioning (all units replaced in 2010), tankless water heater with recirculating pump, automatic timed irrigation, composition shingle roof and new gutters installed in 2010, central vacuum system, and security alarm system. 259 Sundown Terrace is a truly rare estate property, combining a sought-after prestigious location with a uniquely family-friendly one level floor plan and a magical outdoor setting.