A house is merely a structure. A home, a building with a story. And this magnificent Vintage Hills II estate, a magnum opus of a novel told in refined language, filled with compelling characters, intriguing plot twists, and a most delightful ending. In any great tale, the right setting creates the mood and this quiet street in one of Pleasanton’s most desirable neighborhoods is a most impressive backdrop. Using a well-practiced and expressive vocabulary of eye-catching detailing, seemingly limitless space, and premium materials, the architects and designers have left nothing to chance in this carefully crafted 3,016 square foot manor. Luxuries such as a 3-car garage, backyard with a view, and a chef-worthy kitchen are crowning touches that’ll make you eager to keep turning the pages.
Surrounded by the delights of Tri-Valley wine country and near every modern necessity, this address is picture-book perfect. Not only secluded but convenient, this is one of Vintage Hills II’s finest locations. Scenic Vintage Hills Park is right across the street, giving youngsters room to roam free, and Vintage Hills Elementary School, part of the award-winning Pleasanton School District, is within easy walking distance. Downtown Pleasanton, with its tantalizing variety of locally-owned shops and popular restaurants, is minutes away, and vineyards and tasting rooms abound. Easy access to public transit, including BART and rail, is a plus for the commuter, as is local freeway access to I-680 via Bernal Avenue. On lazy summer days, the nearby community pool is a popular neighborhood gathering place, where families meet to splash and lounge.
Even before you step up to the double front door with its fanciful semicircle insets, the exterior of this home whispers, “once upon a time”. The peaked rooftops set against the backdrop of tall trees evoke a Tahoe resort, while the winding stone pathway and raised brick planters look like the entrance to a storybook cottage. But no cottage is this, on a whopping 9,513 square foot lot, with an incomparably roomy four bedroom, three bath interior. As you enter, the extravagance of space immediately becomes evident, the entryway’s oak towering vaulted ceilings seamlessly blending into those of the living and dining rooms beyond. Oak plank floors and a lantern-style lighting fixture continue the narrative.
The plot thickens as guests venture into the living and dining areas, boundlessly open to each other yet distinguished by ingeniously placed visual cues including two gentle steps down to the sunken living room and a classic free-standing pillar. Unified by matching peach terra cotta accent walls and arched Palladian windows resembling a flamenco dancer’s fan, these two rooms form a refined entertaining suite. Firelight from the elegant brick fireplace with its mesmerizing vertical molding and the comfort of plush carpeting eliminate any hint of austerity, while the home’s ubiquitous Plantation shutters and the airy height of vaulted ceilings keep things cool. French doors lead to the kitchen for easy meal service, and a chandelier lends a seductive glow.
When casual days consist of more prose than poetry, assemble in the cozy family room with its burnished ski-lodge warmth and temptingly soft edges. You’d swear you were in a ritzy country club if not for the let-down-your-hair ease of this splendid carpeted retreat; a mirrored wet bar with granite counter and glass shelving stashes fixings for your cocktail of choice and casino-style pendant lighting complements your poker or bridge game perfectly. Movie night takes on new dimensions with the counterpoint of the glow of the oversized screen in the custom built entertainment center and the sultry flicker from the rustic river rock gas fireplace. There’s even surround sound! Recessed can lighting, French doors to the backyard and a ceiling fan are final family friendly flourishes (how’s that for alliteration?).
Stunning in stature, this home’s kitchen isn’t just extraordinary; it sets a new archetypal standard. With all the powerful utility and sleek lines of a professional workplace, it doubles as a sunny and cheerful gathering place. Matched stainless steel KitchenAid appliances including an oversized French door refrigerator with freezer drawer, dishwasher, microwave and oven gleam from their wall-flush mounts. Classy minimalist steel hardware provides thematic shine, offset against pristine swaths of white cabinetry. Glossy slab granite countertops line the horizontal surfaces, including a handy corner desk in the adjacent nook. An artistic modernist range hood over the smooth-top range belongs in any Michelin-starred restaurant kitchen, but here it has some stiff competition from the hillside views through the garden window behind the double stainless steel sink. Pendant and recessed can lighting ensure that every canapé gets garnished just right, while the hardwood floors which extend into the welcomingly sunny six-seat kitchen nook are an appealing nod to tradition.
When a kiss of sunshine seems the only antidote to writer’s block, the lovely backyard awaits. Here, you’ll truly appreciate the scope of this property’s solitude: it’s not often in suburbia that you can gaze out upon acres of undeveloped land, swaying grasses dotted only by the silhouettes of trees. Consider this your hard-earned reward for jobs well done--swing your feet up onto a chaise, and drink it in. When you have company, the grand raised deck adjoining the breakfast nook is set up for al fresco dining, a large shade pergola keeping you cool and protected. A few gentle steps down, the yard’s lower level is whimsically paved with stones and winding pathways, the transparent fence allowing your unfettered enjoyment of the open space beyond. Raised planters and beds await the inspiration of your green thumb, landscaped already with ornamental flowers and shrubs, but still with room to play. When it’s time to put away everyone’s toys for the day, the three car garage meets the challenging demands of the serious vehicle hobbyist, sports enthusiast, or do-it-yourselfer.
Indoors, each family member merits designated space to retreat in solitude, maybe simply to unwind or to write the next chapter in their personal chronicles. On the downstairs level, you’ll find a bedroom/bathroom suite tailor-made for this task: a private home office, teen’s lair, or guest accommodations, sequestered from all the action. Featuring laminate oak flooring and a wide white built-in desk with shelving able to accommodate the computer monitor of your dreams, this bright bedroom at first glance may suggest an office. Yet, the cheerful decorative border that makes the ceilings seem even higher and the quaint Plantation shutters on the picture window are so homey that you’ll definitely be tempted to spend at least part of the day napping here. Or, use it as a bedroom for your headphone-sporting teen, but be forewarned: you might want to keep an eye on your water bill, given the proximity of the luxurious downstairs bath with its gorgeous glassed-in marble shower, tile floors and granite sink. Even someone without any touch of adolescent vanity could easily while away hours in this paradise. The nearby designated laundry room with its abundant storage cabinets and ample space for large-scale appliances makes the quest for that clean pair of socks an effortless journey.
As the epilogue to productive days and joyous evenings, find complete rejuvenation in the solace of the home’s upper level bedrooms and bathrooms, oases of calm at the top of the carpeted staircase. The master bedroom provides truly next-level resort-quality pampering, with an en suite gas fireplace warming an enchanting sitting area with bay windows overlooking the peaceful grassy hillside. This huge room also hosts a built-in oak entertainment center with TV and full expanses of display shelving coupled with tons of drawer space. If that isn’t enough, the huge mirrored walk-in master closet is a packrat’s dream—you could shop every day without running out of wardrobe space. The coffered ceiling creates a sense of even more limitlessness, but this enormous room never feels less than intimate. The master bathroom boasts spa-style accoutrements, exemplified by the oversized jetted tub which fairly begs for a juicy romance novel, a bottle of bubbly, and some scented candles. When time is more of the essence, a decadently large shower stall with glass doors awaits your bathing pleasure, high glass block windows allowing you to experience the morning sun on your shoulders without getting to know your neighbors just a bit too well. No expense has been spared in the renovation of this luxurious sanctuary, as evidenced by the wide expanses of slab granite on the his-and-hers vanity and the generous tub pedestal and backsplash. Custom tile floors tie everything together, along with flattering uplighting above the wall-sized mirror and delicate stainless fixtures.
All of the important characters in your family drama will rest just as easily in the two remaining bedrooms, each with its own distinctive personality and design vocabulary. One handsome bedroom has majestic espresso-stained wooden built-in shelving occupying one whole wall, featuring insets for a large monitor or TV as well as drawer space galore and prominent perches for trophies or prized possessions. Under the double-wide window with its Plantation shutters, another low bookshelf provides even more storage space, well-suited to children’s books or LPs. The creamy hue of the walls and the shine of laminate plank hardwood flooring lighten the mood, making this room not only an ideal office, but an equally effective playroom, den, or library. The last bedroom is slightly more neutral, even feminine, in tone, with a similar picture window, ceiling fan and mirrored closet to call its own. No wallflower itself, the guest bathroom perpetuates the designers’ wanton use of gleaming slab granite not only atop its spacious twin vanity but also in the glass-door shower stall which is combined with a deep tub. Cherry cabinets match the framed mirrors, adorned by tulip shaped lighting fixtures.
In the end, you are the only narrator of your future. Tell your story with grace and ease in this modern mansion with a heart of gold. Take up the pen and write this down: (925) 846-3755. It’s the phone number for Jim Lavey, the realtor who is ready to help you write the introduction to this happy tale. It’s a first person narrative you won’t forget.