Serene, private and luxurious can only begin to describe this picturesque, French Chateau-styled residence at the base of Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. Driving up your secluded private driveway leads you to the expansive and illustrious home with incredible curb appeal that beckons you and your guests in. While driving up to this this coveted portion of the West Side of Danville, you begin to understand what is so special about this area. While you’re just a short distance to downtown shopping, dining and the convenient Iron Horse Trail that connects a large section of the 680 corridor and allows for easy access to biking, walking and running, the undisturbed natural surrounding of the famous Oak trees that envelop the San Ramon Valley create the perfect backdrop for a home of ease and luxury. This home is a generous total size of 6,500sqft with 6 BR, 5.5 BA and 4 car garage stalls in total with just over an acre of lot space.
As you head to the front door, you can’t help but notice the detached casita that awaits you to your left sitting above its own 2 car garage. For extended family or other tenancy, this casita has a full kitchen with a full oven, dishwasher and microwave oven, bathroom, bedroom as well as washer/dryer hookups. The private patio off the side creates a sense of separation from the main house quarters and has views of the elegant and natural backyard setting.
Awaiting you upon entry to the main house is every man’s dream of a man cave; stunning solid oak cabinetry, dark walnut flooring and tray ceilings make this dedicated office space a sanctuary for privacy from the main common areas.
To the right of the formal entryway is the formal dining room. Stunning craftsmanship with detailed craftsman molding and wainscoting make this spacious room feel cozy enough for both large and small family gatherings.
The formal living room flanked by classic Roman Columns boasts of a magnificent 30 foot window framing the full view of the canopy of Oak trees and natural surroundings that await you outside. If an afternoon nap calls your name, the automatic window blinds have the room dimmed by the ease of a remote control. A large gas fireplace with craftsman trim that reaches the cathedral ceilings finishes off the room with style and grace.
Flowing from the living room with the hand-scraped walnut hardwood floors is the heart of the downstairs: the kitchen and family room. Comfortable and spacious, this open concept living area features commercial grade appliances with a Wolf gas 6-burner range and teppanyaki grill as well as a SubZero refrigerator, double full size GE Monogram ovens and double Miele dishwashers with a farm-style kitchen sink. Entertaining could not be easier with a large Brazilian granite slab island that easily seats 6. Looking onward to the family room, you see a comfortable eat-in kitchen, gas fireplace and cozy entertainment area. Your eyes easily travel from the beauty of the wide planked hardwood floors to the luxuriously warm solid Cherrywood kitchen cabinetry and finally to the stunning tray ceiling that runs throughout the downstairs. Adjoining the kitchen and on your way to the dining room is a large walk-in pantry as well as a Butler’s pantry and a 200 bottle temperature and humidity climate-controlled wine cellar.
Without a doubt, the highlight of this home is the picturesque and private backyard space that has been custom created for the landscape upon which this home sits. Encompassed in a valley in the Las Trampas hills, your eyes cannot help but crawl their way up the stunning Oak trees that define the San Ramon Valley. For the ultimate entertaining experience, a custom “Tree House” has been created with a fully packed and functional kitchen. This stunning creation leaves one feeling like they’ve stepped out into the beachy coast of Polynesia as you see the wrap-around roof that encompasses a historic oak tree and creates a circular seated area for easily 10-12 people, with the host/hostess centered in the middle of course. Being the entertainers dream, this area is complete with Indian sandstone counters, Lynx stainless steel appliances, 2 sinks, rotisserie BBQ and is fully plumbed for cable/internet and speakers.
Just behind the Tree House is a recycled water rock fountain that creates an ambiance of quiet that compliments that natural surrounding. A second water fountain lies closer to the main house for added music to one’s ears. Finally, mounted on the extensive terracing on the East side of the property is a gas fireplace surrounded by a patio and seating. This gives the perfect evening view of the sunset and highlights the extreme privacy and reminds you that while you are minutes from town, you have no view of neighbors. Once the sun sets, the property illuminates with over 100 LED lights that have been hardwired throughout the property and reminds you of just how grand the estate really is. If staying outdoors in the winter is to your liking, the property has been plumbed for outdoor gas lamps that can be placed anywhere along the property.
Once back inside and finishing up the downstairs level is another office just off the family room, half bathroom, separate and enclosed laundry area with an enclosed technology hub that contains the heart of the security for the home’s sophisticated controls as well as a full bedroom and bathroom with 2 access points to the backyard – just perfect for an in-law or au pair.
Climbing your way up the staircase to the second floor, you’ll notice the custom wrought-iron handrail that adds a touch of elegance and prestige. Stepping onto the landing, your feet are greeted by designer plush carpeting throughout. Your eyes fix on the extensive crown molding and millwork as well as custom doors throughout. Bedroom 2 contains an attached full bathroom and bedrooms 3 and 4 are adjoined via a Jack and Jill bath. An upstairs laundry room makes the functional day-to-day life all the more easy and a mezzanine area with fantastic downstairs views creates additional room for entertainment. Plantation shutters encompass the home for an added statement of elegance.
Entering the master bedroom, you are immediately greeted by an oasis of privacy and spaciousness. The large double doors lead you to a balcony overlooking the extensive backyard and historic Oak trees. The fireplace suggests an ambiance of warmth and comfort. Walking into the master bathroom is a moment that takes your breath away. Travertine and heated floors lead throughout the over 800 sqft bathroom that is complete with a jetted soaking bathtub (which is of course self cleaning), fireplace/TV over the tub for personal enjoyment and solitude as well as glass-encompassed shower stall with massage shower heads (3), overhead rain-shower and sitting bench as well as a steam shower for ultimate relaxation. The lighting makes the room complete in its sanctuary-like feel with tray ceilings and chandelier with sublights for an artistic feel. No true master suite could be complete without a custom walk-in closet, and this home has all one could need. With a room of nearly 200 sqft, the closet alone leaves you feeling like visiting the boutique shops just Downtown may not be a bad idea.
No home would be complete without the basics of safety. This sophisticated home is encased with a complete fire suppression system, hard wiring for security and cable and Ethernet access for individually zoned wireless modems. This home also features dually controlled HVAC with 2 recently replaced York Affinity 9.C high efficiency series furnaces. Finally, the greatest comfort to a homeowner is the sealing of the crawl space. The entire 4 foot crawlspace footprint of the home has been concreted and sealed for easy access as well as complete water/humidity control, making the homeowner feel rest-assured their investment and largest home expenses will be contained.