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A glorious setting for generations to come...
With sweeping views spanning the bay from San Francisco to the hills of Marin, 175 Estates is a sublime masterpiece of rich architectural style resting on a +/-.5 acre lot on a ridge in Piedmont overlooking the bay. Originally designed and built in the 1930s by noted architects Williams and Wastell, this 6+BD/4.5BA estate is lavishly appointed, retaining many opulent features of the time including intricately patterned parquet floors, original crystal chandeliers, bay windows of leaded glass, and original and tile work. This extraordinary home sanctuary boasts a grand entry, expansive living room with a painting commissioned by the original owner, wood-paneled library with marble fireplace, formal dining room, indoor atrium with pond and Golden Gate Bridge motif, breakfast room, au pair or guest suite on the first level, finished attic loft with separate office and massive storage, and an amazing solarium with stunning bay views beyond the lush terraced rear garden, and a detached 3-car garage.
Among the updates to the original home is the modern chef’s kitchen with a Wolf cooktop, new dual built-in ovens, Bosch dishwasher, and trash compactor, and a large window over the sink offers peaceful bay views. For the chef who loves to entertain, a butler’s pantry offers a second Miele dishwasher, two-burner Gaggenau cooktop, and second sink and refrigerator.
Up the grand staircase off a wide landing adorned by stained glass, the magnificent, light-filled primary suite includes a sunny sitting area tucked into a bay window and a balcony with a bay view, as well as cedar-lined dual walk-in closets, and a vanity area with an additional closet with mirrored doors. The adjoining split bath with a walk-in shower and separate tub, and the original patterned tiled floor and wainscoting add charm and character. Four more bedrooms on this level boast varied amenities including an en suite bath, intricately tiled split bath, bay and leaded windows, fireplace, and balconies with glorious views.
At the basement level is a billiard room with the original Brunswick pool table and beautiful bench seating with storage. Also on this level are a generous storage room with tall cabinets, and a large laundry room with washer and dryer, utility sink, and abundant cabinets.
Shaded by majestic redwoods, the grounds surrounding the estate are truly magical with stepping stones leading to multi-level patios, multiple seating areas, a bowling green, and a detached structure that was once a children’s playhouse. A kitchen garden of raised beds are planted with lavender, herbs, and vegetables.
The double, sub-dividable lot provides a rare opportunity for a multi-generational family compound with a potential ADU at the base of the property with a separate entrance from Inverleith Terrace (per seller - buyer to verify to their satisfaction with City of Piedmont).
Piedmont, a two-square-mile city within the borders of Oakland, was incorporated in 1907 and was known then as “The City of Millionaires” because there were more millionaires per square mile residing there than in any other U.S. city. Today, their large, estate-like homes are still standing in the heart of Piedmont, reminding residents of its glitzy past. Homes in Piedmont range from those estate-like homes in central Piedmont with expansive grounds to more modest homes on the edges of town. Well-manicured landscapes prevail and the city’s stringent permitting guidelines ensure all of the homes maintain their original flavor.
The commercial area of town is small, featuring several banks and one gas station. Mulberry’s Market, a specialty food store with ready-made meals, caters to gourmet taste buds and is the frequent morning coffee stop for parents and after-school hot spot for kids. Piedmont’s proximity to Oakland’s many big-city amenities ensures Piedmonters will not miss out on the latest restaurants or first-run movies.
The sense of community is strong, as witnessed by the large turnout for the annual Fourth of July parade that happens each year down Highland Avenue. The Piedmont Recreation Center offers a central gathering place for residents. Available for rental, it is the frequent setting for community events and parties. The beautiful grounds provide a wonderful place to hang out and play, and the wooded trail connecting the Center to the high school is the best place to take your dog to play.
A casual carpool zone on Oakland Avenue, along with proximity to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District buses, offer workers convenient commute options.
Pride in community involvement and village living are just a few of the reasons people love to live in Piedmont.