Located in the rolling hills of El Sobrante, this delightful, contemporary home offers light-filled spaces on the inside and nearly 1/4 acre of a private, level yard on the outside. Built in 1988 in Carriage Hills HOA, this 2-storey, spacious house has more than 2,300 square feet and offers four bedrooms, three bathrooms, an open living room/dining room with a soaring vaulted ceiling, an open kitchen/family room, a laundry room and a three-car attached garage with new doors.
The home's contemporary Spanish Mission design includes a white stucco exterior with durable terra cotta-style cement tiles on the roof. Pillars, decorative roof brackets and broadly overhanging eaves adorn the facade, all complemented by pristine landscaping.
Inside, the spacious living room/dining room has a dramatic 14-foot vaulted ceiling, laminate floor, bay windows and architectural clerestory windows that allow sunlight to stream inside. The dining room has a wall of windows that overlook the beautiful backyard, bringing the outside indoors. An open kitchen/family room combination is situated next to the dining room, and is the heart of this thoughtfully designed home. The sophisticated, eat-in kitchen has ample Shaker-style cabinets for an active cook's needs, and stainless steel appliances include a kitchen chimney vent hood, Whirlpool dual ovens, KitchenAid dishwasher, and an LG French-door refrigerator. Elegant granite covers the counters, and extends up into a high backsplash. The spacious family room has a gas fireplace, a striking stone feature wall, new wall to wall carpeting, and sliding doors that open to a large backyard stone patio, making indoor/outdoor entertaining a breeze. Tucked away from the public rooms on this main level are a well-sized bedroom and full bathroom, perfect for a home office, guest or au-pair suite.
The home's additional bedrooms and bathrooms are located up an elegant, curved staircase that ends in an open, second floor hallway that has sweeping views of the living room below. The large master bedroom suite at the top of the stairs has a 13-foot vaulted ceiling, giving the room an expansive and open feel. A picture window framed by sliding windows offer views of the lovely, secluded backyard. An en-suite, spa-like bathroom is sunny and bright, and has a private WC, a double vanity, a shower and a soaking tub. Two additional bedrooms are down the hall, and both have large closets, carpeting, and are generously sized. A large bathroom on the hallway can be easily shared, and has a soaking tub, a double vanity and a skylight for plenty of natural light.
An exceptional feature of this home is the idyllic, wonderfully private backyard. The yard includes a stone patio in addition to an expansive lawn, roses, and mature trees and landscaping. Completely fenced, the property backs up to an open space with clear views of the hills just beyond.
Just minutes from the recreational areas and hiking trails of Kennedy Grove, Sobrante Ridge Preserve and the fishing and boating on San Pablo Reservoir, the house is located conveniently close to Orinda, highways 4, 24 and I-80. This exceptional home will feel like your own country retreat, and yet is close to so much of what makes the East Bay such a wonderful place to live.
Carriage Hills HOA
Built in 1988
2,362 SF, 10,192 SF (.23 acre) Lot (per public records)
Open living room/dining room
Open family room/kitchen
Attached 3-car garage
Golf cart/small car attached garage
Engineered hardwood floors
14-foot vaulted ceilings
Granite kitchen counters
Stainless steel kitchen appliances
Brand new carpeting
Large, level backyard
New garage doors
Security alarm system
Easy access to Sobrante Ridge Preserve, Kennedy Grove, Orinda, I-80, Hwys 24 & 4, North Bay