42 Southwood Drive (Recently Sold)

There are few locations in Orinda that offer a quiet residential neighborhood within strolling distance of the town’s delightful amenities. Walk to Peet’s for coffee, the art deco Orinda Theater for a movie, Loard’s for ice cream, or any of the myriad restaurants for treats ranging from sushi and tea to steak and cocktails. Or walk to BART for a ride to San Francisco. Children attend sought-after Orinda schools, including Miramonte High School, in the top-rated district in California. Filled with sunlight, 42 Southwood Drive has an ideal floor plan for family living. The home is a spacious 3957 square feet, and is sited on a lovely .48 acre oak-studded lot. The formal entertaining rooms are generously proportioned and flow artfully to make guests feel welcome, while the family quarters are warm and inviting. The versatile studio with its separate entrance is ideal for au pair, in-laws, or home office.
The custom front door sets a designer tone, leading to the open marble foyer with its dramatic high ceiling. The formal living room, awash in light, features two sets of French doors, one leading to the front courtyard and the second to the rear deck, with its magnificent views. With vaulted ceiling, hardwood floor, and marble fireplace, this room is an entertainer’s delight. The inviting dining room also has hardwood floor and a high coffered ceiling. The true heart of the home is the fabulous gourmet kitchen, with hardwood floor, granite and butcher block counters, glass-front upper cabinetry, and stainless steel appliances including Subzero refrigerator, Wolf Gourmet gas cook top, Frigidaire Gallery double oven. The breakfast area can accommodate a large family in style, with sweeping views and access to the rear deck. The built-in granite desk is the ideal operational center from which to manage household activities. Well-located, the charming powder room has a marble counter and hardwood floor.
Also on the main level, the spacious master suite is a wonderful retreat. No need for weekend getaways, when your bedroom offers serene arboreal views, a raised hearth marble fireplace, and vaulted ceiling. The huge en suite marble bathroom features dual sinks in separate counters, a jetted tub, and marble shower. The large walk-in closet is well-appointed and has cedar-lined walls. Opening to both the master bedroom and the living room, the charming reading nook is the perfect place to settle with a good book and a cup of tea.
A dramatic stairway with wood banister leads to the private family quarters. The large family room is a wonderful gathering place, made cozy by the raised hearth stone fireplace and walls of bookshelves. The wall of windows brings in the beautiful woodsy surroundings, and a glass door conveniently opens to the deck and rear yard. There are three inviting bedrooms on this level, all with views, and one with en suite tiled bathroom with combination tub/shower. The main hall bathroom is compartmented, and offers two sinks and a tiled tub/shower. Conveniently located, the laundry room has storage cabinets. Accessed from the lower deck, the studio bedroom has its own entrance and full tiled bathroom with tub/shower. This versatile space could be used as an exercise room, home office, au pair, artist studio, or private guest quarters.
With ample deck areas, outdoor living is a joy. The spacious front courtyard is a wonderful sheltered space for enjoying afternoon sun and play. The rear decks are great for barbecues and outdoor entertaining, while the rear yard affords development possibilities or could just be an invitation to explore. 42 Southwood Drive has an attached 3-car garage with remote door openers and interior access to the home through the kitchen. There is additional off-street parking for 4+ cars. Other features of the home include two zones of forced air central heating and air conditioning, security alarm system, intercom, and central vacuum system. 42 Southwood Drive offers a rare opportunity to take advantage of the serenity of country living while enjoying the convenience of urban amenities. It is a spectacular family home that will be treasured by generations.

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