A light and airy retreat ideally situated on a prime knoll in the heart of Orinda! Tucked away at the end of a cul-de-sac, 9 Valley Court is just minutes from Orinda’s shops and restaurants, BART, and commute, yet enjoys a sense of idyllic rural privacy. Just down the block is popular Meadow Swim and Tennis Club, offering social, recreational, instructional and competitive swimming and tennis, including teams and USTA leagues, for children and adults alike. The walking trail to Glorietta Elementary leads from the end of Valley Drive. Children attend top-rated Orinda schools, also including Orinda Intermediate and Miramonte High. This custom residence was designed and built in 1984 by an engineer as his family home, has been lovingly maintained and updated by these original owners, and is now being offered on the market for the first time. The charming versatile detached guest cottage was added as an in-law space, and was subsequently permitted, per the owner.
The spacious 2945 square foot main residence (per appraiser measurement) affords pastoral views from every angle. The inviting entry with soaring ceiling offers a glimpse, through glass French doors, to the main living area. With a wall of windows, this open and gracious space is wonderful for entertaining or relaxing. The formal dining area includes built-in cabinetry. At the heart of the home, the kitchen/family room opens to the expansive level outdoor deck and garden, for al fresco dining and play. Anchored by a large central island, the kitchen features stone counters, stainless steel appliances including wine cooler, a walk-in pantry, and garden window. A glass door to the yard, a sunny breakfast nook, and a wood-burning stove for winter evenings accent the family room. There are wood floors throughout these rooms.
Also on the main level is the romantic owner’s suite, with a pastoral view. The spacious bedroom, with hardwood flooring, features a lofty beamed ceiling, brick fireplace, charming bay window seat, and sliding door to the deck. Adjacent is the delightful sunroom, flooded with light from two walls of glass and a skylight. Curl up with a book and a cup of tea or create a nursery or office. The en suite bathroom has both a stall shower and separate tub as well as two sinks. Never again will you mistake navy blue for black – the large walk-in closet has a window to shine light on all the hanging space and built-in cabinetry! Completing the main level is the inviting powder room and a convenient laundry room with window and shelving.
Downstairs are three additional bedrooms, all with lovely views. One has a sliding door to a private deck. The middle bedroom would make an ideal office. The downstairs tiled bathroom has a stall shower. Offering the possibility of a craft room or a wine room, the unfinished space on this level also has an outdoor entrance.
A highly coveted feature of this property is the versatile detached 461 square foot guest cottage. This fully appointed living unit, with a kitchen, separate bedroom, full bathroom, washing machine hook-up and parking space, affords options galore – in-law, au pair, home office, adult children, beloved guests!
The exceptional .55 acre site affords ample opportunity for outdoor living. The expansive level deck conveniently located off the kitchen/family room is shaded by two ancient heritage oak trees. The level yard adjacent to the guest house has hosted raised vegetable beds or children’s play structures.
Additional features of the home include a three car garage, large storage room adjacent to garage, central heating and air conditioning, owned solar panels. 9 Valley Court was the vision of a family who fell in love with this special site. They created a retreat in the heart of a community, and now it is the turn of another lucky family to enjoy this wonderful property.