Ideally situated on a popular street in the sought-after Glorietta neighborhood of Orinda, this stunningly renovated 3,177 sq ft home occupies a prime . 51 acre site. With gracious formal living spaces, a functional family-friendly floor plan, and gorgeously landscaped level yard with views, 71 Scenic Drive truly “has it all.” Although just minutes from downtown Orinda, BART, freeway access, and shopping, the property enjoys privacy and seclusion. Children attend top-rated Orinda schools, including Glorietta Elementary (ask about the convenient walking path!), Orinda Intermediate, and Miramonte High (in the number one rated district in the state of California).
All on one level, and boasting rich hardwood flooring throughout, the home flows beautifully from the entry to the formal living room, with its vaulted ceiling, recessed lighting, fireplace with marble surround and gas starter, and picture windows overlooking the lush gardens. Adjacent is the gracious dining room, featuring custom built-in cabinetry with recessed lighting and glass shelving and a delightful bay window with sunny window seat.
Meticulous attention to detail is evident in the superb chef’s kitchen, which combines both form and function. Stainless steel appliances are showcased, including a 5- burner dacor gas cooktop, dacor double ovens, Bosch dishwasher, GE Profile microwave, as well as a Subzero refrigerator. Artistically edged granite countertops combine with a designer stone backsplash to create a warm atmosphere, while custom cabinetry provides ample storage, including a deep pantry with pull-out shelving. The large central island is perfect for quick snacks and “mom’s desk” is strategically situated next to French doors to the deck, so she can keep an eye on both the kitchen and the yard. A custom fireplace creates a cozy atmosphere for the cheerful eating area, which also has French doors to the patio. The true heart of the home, the family room is positioned off the kitchen and is notable for the impressive Palladian windows which offer pastoral views of the garden as well as distant hills. The inviting window seat, with hidden storage, is roomy enough for the whole family. Built-in cabinetry hides all the media equipment and provides central command for the surround sound system, with speakers in the living room, dining room, family room, and back yard.
For ease of entertaining, there is a large butler’s pantry, with granite counter and built-in wine refrigerator. The same wing contains the laundry room, with lots of storage, a sink, and a door to the exterior. The fourth bedroom is also on this side of the house. With its updated en suite bathroom, featuring pedestal sink and tiled shower, this is an ideal location for in-law, au pair, or guest. A centrally located powder room also has a pedestal sink.
Three bedrooms, including the stunning master suite, occupy their own private wing. Both children’s bedrooms are spacious and have garden views. One room boasts a bay window with cozy window seat as well as a walk-in closet and en suite bathroom with dual sinks and a tiled shower. The hall bathroom has a tiled combination tub/shower. French doors lead to the romantic master suite, with vaulted ceiling, traditional fireplace with wood mantel, and French doors with plantation shutters leading to a secluded patio with hot tub. The master bathroom is luxurious, with separated “his and hers” sinks, granite counters, shower with built-in bench seat , separate tub, and compartmented toilet.
Professionally designed landscaping complements the gorgeous natural setting. The large stone patio is wonderful for entertaining and al fresco dining. The level lawn invites play time, while the sunny side yard with its raised vegetable beds provides the perfect space for the kitchen garden. A large storage room is easily accessible. There is a two car attached garage with remote door opener. Other amenities include two zone central heating and air conditioning, a security alarm system, solid interior doors, and fire-retardant composition shingle roof. With its coveted close-in location, superb architectural design and quality finishes, and spectacular outdoor living options, 71 Scenic Drive is a treasured find for any family.