3829 Happy Valley Road (Recently Sold)

Dare to dream! Located in Lafayette’s most exclusive neighborhood, 3829 Happy Valley Road represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own one of the area’s prime estates. The 2.33 acre property, while located just minutes from downtown shops and transportation, captures the serenity and timeless grace of past decades. Children are adjacent to highly acclaimed Happy Valley Elementary School, and attend Stanley Middle School and Acalanes High (in the top-rated school district in California). The 4007 square foot (per assessor record) complex was originally built in 1942, and now includes four bedrooms and four bathrooms in the single level main residence. The pool house has its own kitchen and bathroom. With tennis court and swimming pool, this extraordinary level natural preserve is truly a mini oasis in the heart of town.

The long driveway, leading past the tennis court, ends in a broad circular drive in front of the house. The front entry opens to a wonderful living room, with stately brick fireplace, hardwood floor, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the gardens and pool. Adjacent is a charming library alcove with built-in bookshelves and a door to the patio – the perfect place to escape for an idle afternoon. The formal dining area shares the garden view and has glass French doors leading to the very large family room. This versatile space, with vaulted beamed ceiling, tiled floor, built-in desk and wet bar, and stone fireplace with wood mantel, serves as a marvelous indoor/outdoor transition space, with several sets of doors opening to the yard. The charming sunny kitchen has space to accommodate contemporary amenities.

There are two bedroom wings, each with two bedrooms. One wing, to the right of the entry, includes the large master bedroom with en suite tiled bathroom. There is a second generous bedroom and additional full bathroom. The other wing houses a large bedroom with its own en suite tiled bathroom as well as the fourth bedroom, currently used as an office with an unusual deco-style built-in desk. The fourth bathroom is also in this wing.

Among the many delights of the home is the 25 seat art deco movie theater, hidden behind a door leading from the family room. The home’s original owner, a family connected to the movie industry, installed this theater, very much in the style of the beloved Orinda Theater. With custom painted wall murals, etched glass sconces, and plush velvet seating, the theater is a unique entertainment center for young and old alike.

The amazing 2.33 acre property is a rare level park-like jewel. There is a fenced tennis court in the front of the house. The rear gardens, reminiscent of a mid-century resort, feature a large swimming pool surrounded by lawns, a brick fireplace, and ample patios. The gracious pool house includes a bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen with original Wedgwood stove. Upstairs from the pool house, there is a large attic room for storage. The detached four-car (tandem) garage is accessed via the driveway in the front of the property. With a serene creek running along the rear perimeter and surrounded by mature vegetation, this property is truly a private paradise to be handed down from generation to generation.

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