Offering the rare combination of urban sophistication with a rooted connection to the outdoors, 50 El Castillo occupies a prime .67 acre site at the end of a cul-de-sac. This wonderful location is just minutes from transportation, commute access, Oakwood Athletic Club, and the amenities of both downtown Orinda and Lafayette. Children attend top-rated Orinda schools, including Sleepy Hollow Elementary, Orinda Intermediate, and Miramonte High. The 3025 square foot home (per assessor record) has four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms in the main house, plus a detached bonus one bedroom apartment over the garage.
The dramatic two story entry sets the tone for this striking property. A broad curving staircase sweeps up to the second level, flanked by floor to ceiling windows that allow views of the towering redwoods and oaks surrounding the home. This level boasts random plank oak floors, vaulted beamed ceilings and skylights throughout, giving the sense of a woodsy retreat bathed in natural light. The breathtaking living room features a slate fireplace and floor to ceiling windows framing forested views. The adjacent formal dining room, also with oak floor and high ceiling, has a sliding door to the deck. Central to all rooms, the kitchen, with hardwood floor and sky-lit vaulted ceiling, includes an island, prep sink, Creda double ovens, Bosch stainless steel dishwasher, and Kitchenaid stainless steel refrigerator. There is also a desk area and a walk-in pantry. Open to the kitchen, the family room offers a soaring ceiling and views in two directions, with sliding doors to both the rear yard and front deck. The convenient powder room also has hardwood floor and vanity with granite counter. Completing this level, the private master suite has a sliding door to the rear deck and two large closets, including one walk-in closet. The en suite tiled bathroom, with its dramatic ceiling and sunken tub with shower, completes the scenario of a weekend retreat in the mountains.
The ground level of the home features a second family room/play room, with a wall of glass, recessed lighting, high ceiling and crown molding. Pocket French doors with glass insets open to an office or fourth bedroom, with picture window and access to the rear yard. A separate set of French doors lead from the foyer to the bedroom wing, with two additional bedrooms. Both of these have plantation shutters screening sliding doors to the front deck, and wooded views. The full bathroom in this wing has two sinks and tiled combination tub/shower. The convenient laundry/utility room affords ample storage. Off the entry, a charming little office provides additional work space.
The inviting detached bonus apartment has been completely renovated. It features vaulted beamed ceilings, as in the main house. The living room has a sliding door to the deck, with lovely views. The studio kitchen features granite counters, gas cook-top and GE Profile stainless steel refrigerator. The bedroom also has a sliding door to the deck. The bathroom has a tiled shower with frameless glass door. There is also a laundry closet with washer/dryer.
The grounds of the home open in the rear to a delightful natural wooded setting, making it difficult to remember that the property is just minutes to town. The level side yard has a large lawn as well as a shaded patio surrounded by ancient oak trees. There is a second level lawn in the back yard, with artificial turf for ease of maintenance. The expansive decking affords the ideal opportunity for al fresco dining amidst the trees.
Additional features of the home include a two car garage with remote opener, central heating and air conditioning, security alarm. 50 El Castillo is a remarkable property: an updated home with the sleek sensibility of a New York loft, combined with the setting of a Yosemite mountain lodge. No need for weekend escapes when you can call 50 El Castillo home!