Exquisite Executive Property: Sophistication in a Park-like Setting
Custom-built, estate-like 4+ bedroom, 3.5 bath Contemporary offering luxurious, comfortable living in an unparalleled, private natural setting minutes from downtown Orinda, BART, and sought-after schools. Completed in 2003 utilizing the finest materials and craftsmanship, this spectacular turnkey home is being offered by the original owners for the first time ever.
Featuring over 3500 square feet of elegantly laid out living space; every room affords spectacular views of the surrounding gardens, while energy-efficient Milgard windows and French doors enhance the exceptional indoor-outdoor flow that is so iconic for California. Graceful curved archways, 12-foot ceilings with crown moldings, 24-inch Travertine tile flooring, and designer lighting enhance the generous indoor spaces and a soothing palette of designer earth tones have been selected to echo landscaping features beyond each window throughout the home.
The interior is a contemporary masterwork featuring a dramatic, open entry that beckons you to the elegant formal living room, with its carved stone fireplace, for evenings of entertaining or peaceful reflection. The formal dining room has stunning views onto up-lit majestic oaks and features beveled glass lighted display shelves, built-in storage, arched niche, and a spectacular blown glass, custom-designed chandelier.
At the heart of any great home is the kitchen, and here expectations are exceeded. Beautifully upgraded in 2013, this ergonomically designed, open cook’s kitchen features European hand-crafted maple cabinets, Brazilian granite countertops, chef-quality stainless steel Thermador appliances, and a walk-in pantry. The adjacent breakfast area features two Westerly facing skylights and flows seamlessly into a gorgeous covered patio as well as into the large and relaxing family room with fireplace – both ideal settings for informal gatherings with friends and loved ones.
The generous master suite is also on the main level, with dual walk-in closets and a spa-like bath that boasts tumbled stone surfaces, a two-person Jacuzzi tub, a large multi-jetted shower, a skylight and dual vanities. A second bedroom (currently configured as an office) with its own full bath is nearby, as well as a spacious laundry/work room with ample storage and cast iron sink.
Privately situated down a level are two additional bedrooms flexibly designed as a separate two-bedroom guest suite or au pair with a full bath and separate sitting area.
The pride of the current owner, a landscape designer, is the gorgeously appointed, park-like grounds. An artistic marriage of three river stone, brickwork, Brazilain teak decking, and dramatic landscape lighting all contribute to the wonder of this magical retreat. An environmentally efficient garden with eight watering zones designed to be “low water, low maintenance, and low impact”; the landscaping becomes increasingly native as one ventures further from the home. The native oaks have been lovingly and expertly maintained (by head arborist at Cal), a Mediterranean edible garden was designed for a sunny section of the front garden, the fenced backyard contains raised vegetable beds (on separate irrigation), and edible plants are scattered throughout.
Here are some of the many wonderful amenities of this home:
5 Sunrise Hill Road is not only a beautifully maintained home, but a testament to the wonders of nature. An inspired home in perfect concert with its surroundings that evokes a sense of enchantment, balance, and well-being.
Great schools (some of the best in California), great weather, great access to San Francisco, and semi-rural country living. It's easy to see why Orinda is one of the most desirable places to live in all of the Bay Area.
Located on the eastern slopes of the Berkeley/Oakland Hills, Orinda's open spaces are one of the main reasons people are drawn here. Road and mountain biking, hiking along the extensive network of trails leading through the open spaces and rolling hills of Orinda, as well as proximity to Tilden Park, San Pablo Reservoir, Briones Open Space and the Lafayette Reservoir make Orinda a prime destination for nature lovers.
Orinda's small scale shopping district is centered along the main street and the Village Square. Orinda Books in Village Square offers a vibrant reading series, featuring local poets, and literary notables. At the center of Orinda nightlife is the revitalized Theater Square, anchored by the Art Deco Orinda Theater. Recently renovated, the Orinda Theater is home to the California Independent Film Festival, hosts independent films, and conversation with film stars. Recent guests include Rita Moreno, Tippi Hedren and Richard Dreyfus. In addition to first run films, the theater presents comedy nights and performances of live theater. The California Shakespeare Festival, located in Orinda's Bruns Amphitheater in the hills above town, presents live theater in a gorgeous outdoor setting of rolling grasslands.
Orinda is part of the Acalanes School District. Miramonte High School is at the top of the list of best performing high schools in all of California. An astounding 99% of its graduates go on to college.