Situated on a gorgeous tree-studded 1.06 acre site just minutes from town, 3 Orchard Road has been lovingly maintained by the same owner for over thirty years. The beautifully renovated single level home has a versatile floor plan featuring four bedrooms and three full bathrooms. Surrounded by lushly landscaped grounds, with pastoral views, the property feels like a country estate, yet is walking distance from shopping and BART. Children attend sought-after Orinda schools, including Miramonte High School, in the number one rated high school district in California.
Flanked by stately brick pillars, the private driveway winds up to this delightfully private home, originally constructed in 1951. A rhododendron-lined path leads to the inviting front courtyard terrace. Inside, the formal entry opens to a gracious living room. With gorgeous picture windows framing green vistas, oak hardwood floors, vaulted coffered ceiling, and corner fireplace with raised brick hearth, this room is ideal for entertaining or large family gatherings. Adjacent is the spacious dining room, also with hardwood floor. A lovely bay window has an Andersen wood sliding door leading to the garden. The tastefully updated kitchen features granite counters, hardwood floor, and ample storage cabinets. The sunny breakfast nook is the perfect place for morning coffee, with a large picture window offering views of the majestic oak trees. A fabulous wall of windows anchors the cozy family room. With a brick fireplace, built-in wet bar, and door to the patio and yard, this is the heart of the home.
The master bedroom wing features the private master suite. This inviting room has plantation shutters and offers two closets as well as convenient built-in drawers and shelving. The elegant travertine marble master bathroom is stunningly appointed with double vanity sinks, jetted tub with marble surround, and travertine shower with frameless glass door. The second bedroom in this wing has a large corner window with plantation shutters and two closets (including one walk-in). The delightfully renovated en suite bathroom has tile flooring and Toto toilet.
The second bedroom wing has two charming bedrooms, each with two closets, hardwood floor, and Andersen wood sliding door leading to the deck and garden. The hall bathroom has a combination tub/shower and a separate compartmented toilet. The cheerful laundry room has ample cabinetry, laundry sink, and a lovely window.
The beautiful yard offers park-like vistas from all rooms of the home. The courtyard is a sheltered retreat for relaxing or entertaining, the level lawn provides play space, and the gorgeous rear yard, envisioned by acclaimed landscape designer Ted Sutton, is lovely year around. There is an attached two car garage with remote opener and interior access. Additional features include two zone forced air central heating and air conditioning, new fireproof shake roof in 2008, security alarm system, extensive underpinning (including 60 pipe piles) and drainage by Ned Clyde.
Rarely does one find a serene retreat that displays such understated elegance while epitomizing all the warmth and intimacy inherent in the word “home.” Offering a magical setting that affords endless space to roam and explore coupled with a spacious and wonderfully adaptable floor plan, 3 Orchard Road is the one-of-a-kind property you have been waiting for.