42 Los Altos
42 Los Altos Rd, Orinda, CA 94563, USA

$1,895,000· House (Recently Sold)
New Listing

Have you ever been on vacation and woken up to the silence of the forest, the vision of towering oaks surrounding you, and wished the moment could last forever? Now, the singular opportunity presents itself to indeed preserve that moment forever, should you be the fortunate owner of 42 Los Altos. This spectacular 4.28 acre property encompasses a gorgeous level knoll , rolling field, and forested land with winding trails. Despite the feeling of being a world away, Los Altos is conveniently located just minutes from downtown Orinda, with easy access to BART, commuter routes, and shopping and restaurants. Children attend top-rated Orinda schools.

The original home was built on this site in 1948. The current 3664 square foot structure was designed by acclaimed architect William Wurster, of Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons, former dean of architecture at UC Berkeley and one of the forerunners of modern California architecture. Being sold in its present as-is condition, the home was sited to take advantage of the natural beauty of this incredible property. In need of repair, the home nevertheless makes a statement of potential. The dramatic floor plan features a broad high-ceilinged entry which opens to a versatile public space ideal for entertaining, bordered by an enclosed loggia. The sunny eat-in kitchen has granite counters, stainless steel appliances including a 5 burner gas range, and glass French doors opening to the patio and pool area. Adjacent is a spacious formal dining room with lovely views. At the end of this wing, the grand living room includes a fireplace, two sets of glass doors, and expansive windows to take in the panoramic views.

The main bedroom wing encompasses three bedrooms, including the master. The first bedroom offers lovely views. The large second bedroom, with a fireplace, was originally two separate bedrooms and could easily be divided once again. With its own en suite bathroom, the master bedroom could regain its original luster. There is an additional bathroom in this wing.

Beyond the kitchen lies a guest bedroom, full bathroom with stall shower, and large laundry room/utility room, with interior access to the garage. This wing could also become a wonderful pool cabana. Currently, the grounds surrounding the home include patios, fenced pool, upper level knoll, and trail to the wooded acreage.

42 Los Altos represents an unparalleled opportunity to own an estate property in the most highly desirable area of Orinda. There are few parcels of land that can rival this one for privacy, tranquility, and natural beauty. The existing home hints at the possibility of what could exist on this coveted site. Unleash your creativity and design a gathering space that will be treasured by your family for generations to come.


Linda Friedman & Peggy Harmatz

Linda Sonnenschein Friedman grew up in Orinda, was in the second graduating class at Campolindo High School, and graduated from Stanford University and Stanford Law School. After practicing law briefly, Linda made a career switch and has been a real..


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