Welcome to Orindawoods, long considered one of the East Bay’s most sought after addresses. This community features easy proximity to shopping and transportation, as well as wonderful amenities: community pools, lighted tennis courts, clubhouse, and shuttle service to BART during commute hours. The 2959 square foot single level home at 511 Hawkridge Terrace was custom built in 1974 for the original owners by the renowned architectural firm of Essert and Morton. It is sited at the end of the cul de sac on a beautiful .52 acre knoll site with expansive lawn and lovely tranquil views.
The gated entry porch opens to a formal interior foyer. The dramatic living room has soaring open beam ceilings, an imposing fireplace, hardwood flooring, and a wall of windows to take in the beautiful vistas of the private yard and distant hills. The adjacent formal dining area provides a gracious venue for large gatherings. The spacious kitchen has Corian counters, ample cabinetry, and built in appliances including double ovens, range, and dishwasher. There is a sunny breakfast area set in a three sided window alcove. The adjacent family room shares the vaulted ceilings and features a fireplace with stone surround, built-in wet bar, and sliding door to patio and yard.
The spacious master bedroom suite has a large walk-in closet and sliding door to the private deck it shares with the next door bedroom/office, accessed via double pocket doors. The master bath has a sunken shower with windows overlooking an intimate enclosed outdoor area. There are two vanities—one in the bathroom, and one in the dressing room. Two additional bedrooms and a hall bathroom complete this wing. The wonderful library is an unexpected treasure, accessed through a “secret passage” in one of the entry closets. This light filled room has wood floors, built-in book cases and gorgeous views through large picture windows.
Additional amenities include a powder room, laundry room with sink and storage cabinets, and a roomy two car garage with a large storage loft accessed via staircase. There is also central air conditioning and a security alarm system (it is not known whether alarm is currently in working order). There are plans available which show that the professional outdoor landscaping was done by esteemed landscape architect Matsutani. The private back yard with its pergola, broad patio, and wrap around lawn provides great space for gardening, play, and outdoor entertaining. In all, this property presents a wonderful opportunity to renovate to one’s own taste and enjoy one of Orinda’s loveliest residences and settings.