Spacious and light-filled, this classic two-story traditional home, built in 1991, has been tastefully renovated, with unstinting attention to detail. The elegant 2973 square foot residence (per assessor record) offers the ideal floor plan for gracious entertaining as well as comfortable family living. The .32 acre property occupies a serene private setting, set back from the street and screened by greenery, with a lovely level lawn, spacious deck surrounded by towering trees, expansive patio. Children attend top-rated Lafayette schools, including Happy Valley Elementary (within walking distance), Stanley Intermediate, and Acalanes High School. The charming downtown of Lafayette, with its restaurants, shops, and BART station, lies just down the road. This is truly a rare opportunity in the exclusive Happy Valley neighborhood.
The entry gate opens to a delightful secluded garden with an inviting brick path leading to the front door. The dramatic double front door, topped by a Palladian window, opens to the imposing two-story entry, flooded with natural light and exuding a warm welcome. The hardwood floor extends into the gracious living room, with its lovely bay window overlooking the garden. The adjacent formal dining room also has a wall of windows with verdant views, and traditional chair rail trim. Exquisitely remodeled only a year ago, the kitchen is a chef’s dream, with stainless steel appliances including a DCS by Fisher Paykel six-burner gas range, GE Monogram convection oven/microwave, Jennair double-door refrigerator, GE Monogram dishwasher. Sea foam green granite counters, hand-inlaid tile backsplash, Andersen wood windows, hardwood flooring, dual skylights, and convenient breakfast bar all contribute to the designer tone of this stunning room.
The family room features lovely views of the pastoral creekside setting. The two traditional French doors open to the inviting deck, offering a great flow for family fun or entertaining. The focal point of the room is the fireplace, with slate surround and wood mantel. There are two spacious bedrooms on this level (one currently used as an office), both with hardwood flooring and pretty views. The hall bathroom, complete with jetted tub and shower, has been tastefully updated with marble tile. Completing the lower level is the laundry room, with a sink and exterior door for convenient access to the yard.
Evoking nostalgia for East Coast tradition, the gracious angled wood staircase leads to the upper level, with two more bedrooms, including the master suite. This fabulous romantic retreat offers a sitting area, beautiful corner fireplace with stone surround and wood mantel, coffered ceiling, recessed lighting, and verdant views. Also on a grand scale, the master bathroom features two sinks, vanity area, oversize tiled shower with frameless glass door, and jetted bathtub with a view of the trees. The large walk-in closet is well-appointed for hanging items and storage. The second sunny bedroom on this level has a view and en suite tiled bathroom with shower.
The versatile and attractive outdoor spaces provide opportunity both for play and relaxing. The deck, of composite material for long life, offers a serene shady escape on hot summer days, while the sunlit level lawn invites games. Timed irrigation system, both front and back, contributes to ease of maintenance. The fabulous indoor/outdoor access allows for large group gatherings as well as intimate al fresco dining. Additional features of the home include detached two car garage with remote control door openers, broad level paving stone driveway providing convenient extra guest parking, dual pane windows throughout, central heating and air conditioning. This lovingly cared-for home, on coveted Happy Valley Road, represents a special opportunity to acquire a stunning family residence in a neighborhood of grand estate houses, with close proximity to all the amenities of Lafayette.