Story-book perfection in the heart of Orinda! A white picket fence surrounds the delightful gardens which set the stage for 15 Valley View Drive. This impeccably renovated 2967 square foot single story custom home occupies a prime mostly level .31 acre site, just minutes from 12 years of top-rated Orinda schools, shopping, BART, and commute access. The thoughtful floor plan promotes large family gatherings, grand entertaining opportunities, intimate work/study spaces, and marvelous indoor/outdoor flow.
The inviting covered porch offers entry to the foyer, with a coffered ceiling and hardwood flooring. An arched opening accesses the formal living room, with its recessed lighting, serene garden views, and elegant fireplace with marble surround and traditional wood mantel. Conrad window coverings frame the views. Hardwood flooring extends into the dining room, ideally situated for entertaining. Again, custom Conrad shades adorn the windows. Glass French doors open from the foyer to the charming den, an utterly delightful retreat with two glass doors to the patio, recessed lighting, and a fireplace with stone surround and wood mantel for winter evenings spent reading or studying.
A second set of glass French doors lead to the spacious kitchen and family room. Flooded with natural light, this space is truly the heart of the home. The beautifully updated kitchen features granite counters, recessed lighting, skylight, large center island with storage, and stainless steel appliances including a Bosch dishwasher, GE Monogram refrigerator, Dacor gas cooktop, and Thermador double oven. The expansive dining area is adjacent to a wall of built-ins, with ample shelving, cabinetry, and desk. A sliding glass door opens to the patio, for al fresco dining. The open design of the family room, with its soaring ceiling and windows overlooking the garden, provides the ideal setting for large-scale entertaining or cozy family evenings at home in front of the attractive fireplace.
The bedroom wing of the house features four spacious rooms, including the luxurious master suite. The first bedroom, currently used as an office, has hardwood flooring, a built-in desk, walk-in closet with custom shelving, and a large window with Conrad window covering. The second charming bedroom features a corner window with a prime view of the back yard. Sunny and cheerful, the third bedroom also has a large closet with custom shelving. There are two beautifully finished hall bathrooms, both with tiled flooring, combination tub/showers, and extensive storage space. Discreetly located at the end of the hall, the private master suite is an exquisite retreat.
With recessed lighting, vaulted ceiling, and a sliding door to the patio, this is a truly lovely space. The spa-like marble bathroom features a jetted tub, separate shower, dual sinks, and compartmented toilet. The huge well-appointed walk-in closet has a window and custom shelving. Completing this wing is the convenient laundry room, with a sink and ample storage.
The enchanted gardens provide the ideal setting for an array of outdoor activities. The charming private brick patio can accommodate a crowd for a BBQ or a solitary reader on a chaise lounge. Broad steps lead to an expansive level lawn flanked by seating areas. Flowering bushes and moss-covered pathways will intrigue the most intrepid gardener.
Additional features of the home include a two car garage with interior access and remote control door openers, two zone central heating and air conditioning, dual pane wood windows, and extensive storage spaces. 15 Valley View is the rare house that is both an estate property and an intimate residence, an address that will become synonymous with a cherished home where memories will be made for years to come.