When we think about luxurious places to live, the tony enclaves of Wine Country and Silicon Valley are usually top of mind. But the East Bay can and does rally, with posh hidden pockets awaiting clever Bay Areans who know where to go for warmer weather and emerging culture.
Take Orinda, for example, where this Sleepy Hollow estate has everything you'd find in a manse in Napa or Los Gatos.
With elegant grass grout, the driveway alone is a showstopper, setting the expectations high for a 5,211-square-foot house primed for both big parties and ultimate relaxation.
On just over an acre of land, the house takes advantage of its locale with indoor/outdoor living spaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, and retractable glass walls that open entirely to the backyard. Inside, high ceilings allow for a flood of natural light that reflects off light, gray-toned wood for a hint of moodiness.
On the main floor, the bright living room has a fireplace and a spacious deck just off the formal entryway. To one side is the chef's kitchen, skylit and swathed in marble. The dining room sits just across from the kitchen with yet another deck and access to the garden.
When it's time to retire for the night, the master suite calls with its own fireplace, a large skylight, and private deck; in the bathroom, you'll find a sanctuary with two vanities, a deep soaking tub, and an extra roomy shower.
There are four additional bedrooms on the lower level, as well as an office and a game room that opens to the backyard. Outside, the spacious covered patio has shaded space to chill. Take a dip in the pool and jacuzzi.
Location: 99 Tappan Ln. (Orinda)
Size: 5,211 sq. ft.
Asking price: $4,700,000
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