Piedmont in Orinda! This classic East Coast traditional home has been lovingly renovated over the years and now seamlessly blends original style and craftsmanship with modern functionality and aesthetics. The 2988 square foot home has five bedrooms and four full bathrooms and presides over a half acre of mostly level grounds worthy of an English country manor. Sited at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac, 17 Richard Court is close to 12 years of top-rated Orinda schools, including Del Rey Elementary, Orinda Intermediate, and Miramonte High School. With easy access to BART, commuting routes, and Orinda’s charming downtown shops and restaurants, this is an ideal location to call home.
You will be immediately captivated by the charming white picket fence and brick walkway meandering through the lush front gardens to the sheltered front door. Inside, the inviting foyer opens to a spacious living room anchored by a granite fireplace with wood mantel. With hardwood flooring creating a smooth transition to the formal dining room, this is an ideal space for entertaining. The dining room features French doors opening to the deck to enhance the indoor/outdoor flow. The family chef will take delight in the meticulously renovated kitchen. Rich cherry wood cabinetry, granite counters, hardwood flooring, recessed lighting, and stainless steel appliances (including Thermador professional range with gas burners, separate Thermador wall oven, and Bosch dishwasher) contribute to a stylish effect while retaining the warmth of a family space. The large center island includes a prep sink and breakfast bar, while the walk-in pantry provides for extra storage. Casual meals are easy in the large breakfast area, which features French doors to the deck for al fresco dining. Adjacent to the kitchen is the wonderful family room, both spacious and comfortable, with hardwood flooring and recessed lighting. There is a convenient bedroom on the main level, next to a renovated guest bathroom with shower.
Upstairs, there are four inviting bedrooms including the private master suite. The master offers pastoral views and a vaulted ceiling as well as an en suite spa bathroom with two sinks and a luxurious walk-in shower with bench. The three additional bedrooms all have plantation shutters and lovely views. The corner bedroom has an en suite bathroom with marble shower. The shared hall bathroom has also been tastefully updated, with a stylish combination tub/shower and vanity with granite counter. The versatile lower level of the home could be a play room, exercise room, or home office. It also houses the laundry room, with a sink and lots of storage space for hobbies or crafts.
The park-like grounds are truly amazing. Well-established lush plantings combine to create a sense of well-being and tranquility, while providing the perfect setting for an intimate dinner or a lavish wedding. The expansive deck on the main level is fully shaded, for year-round enjoyment, and offers beautiful views of the gardens. On the lower level, a large brick patio provides further options for seating and relaxing. No need to drive to the playground, when you have a sprawling level lawn right in the back yard! And the gardener will enjoy the raised beds, ready for planting your favorite vegetables. Tree varieties include an array of fruits (Meyer lemon, nectarine, pear, Asian pear, apple) as well as weeping willows, redwoods, birch, and oaks. Both front and back gardens are served by an automatic timed irrigation system.
Additional features of the home include a two-car garage with interior access, two zones forced air central heating, whole house attic fans for low energy cooling, tankless water heater, dual pane windows (except laundry room), new composition shingle roof, security alarm system, central vacuum. This amazing property offers so many spaces for exploring, entertaining, or quiet reflection. The lush greenery invites adult tranquility while whispering to children of magic and adventure. 17 Richard Court has been enjoyed by one family for decades; now it’s your turn to create new generations of memories in this special home.