Paint a picture of perfect family happiness with this exclusive four bedroom tri-level perched on a peerless hilltop lot in Pleasanton’s fabulously convenient yet peaceful Vintage Hills neighborhood. Meticulously maintained and spectacularly updated by its long-term previous owners, this home is resplendent with high-end materials and packed with modern conveniences, from its sunny family room with wet bar to its chef’s kitchen blanketed in quartz Caesarstone, artist’s studio, and lofty master suite with full balcony. Outdoors, the generous slice of property creates a natural buffer on all sides, furnishing extra privacy in the spa area, with a wonderland of a yard, leafy and park-like, to explore.
Vintage Hills is one of Pleasanton’s most prestigious communities, sought after for its nationally acclaimed public schools and walking distance proximity to historic downtown’s restaurants and galleries, all in a setting of unmatched safety and seclusion. Not only are the streets quiet, the varied architecture and hilltop views prevent a cookie cutter bedroom community aesthetic, the tree-lined sidewalks complementing the old-world spirit of togetherness among its residents. A single block from award-winning Vintage Hills Elementary and situated perfectly between two beautiful parks, Kottinger Community Park and Vintage Hills Park, you’re only a short walk from many essentials. Yet for more far-flung adventures, this unbeatable location near BART, nestled in the crook between Interstates 580 and 680, caters equally to commuters and to those who delight in weekend hikes, wine tasting, and leisurely countryside bike rides.
Curbside, the natural brick walkway functions as a red carpet welcome to the entrance, deeply set back from the street on this generous plot of land. Pass the kingly front lawn surrounded by a rainbow of manicured shrubbery and find the paneled double solid wood front doors that lead into the elegant entryway. Stage your own gallery opening, with or without the wine and cheese, in this vestibule which gleams with Onyx tile floors and rays from the skylight fitted with new UV-protected, double layered Velux glass.
Step down into the adjacent formal living room to take a closer look at this palace’s stunning craftsmanship. In these main living spaces which balance stateliness and pervasive comfort, the eye settles on incredible detailing. The huge twin picture windows which overlook the front lawn are dual pane with low emission glass, protected by tailored blinds, standard in every room. Tasteful designer wall paint, custom baseboards, acoustically optimal textured ceilings, and golden oak fire-rated doors with wood casings add nuance throughout the home, while the focal point of the living room is the stone-faced fireplace with matching hearth and mahogany-hued mantel. Sharing the living room’s fireside warmth and neutral plush carpeting, the grand dining room seats six within arm’s reach of the kitchen. The chandelier and museum-worthy framed window vista of the backyard serve as the artist’s signature on a refined atmosphere worthy of your finest china.
In art exhibits, many celebrated works are those that draw the most diverse audiences, offering “something for everyone”. Accordingly, this family room is the perfect canvas for happy home life, drawing generations together with a winning backdrop of warm congeniality, cheerful sounds and delectable smells. In this sunny and joyful space, wall-width windows provide a panoramic view of backyard blossoms and guarantee optimal energy efficiency even on nights when the adorable pot-bellied Danish-style fireplace helps eliminate the chill from the air. While a sleepy kitten dozes unawares on the brick hearth, warmed by the insulating brick wall behind, teens can engage in fierce video game battles, their senses equally numbed. Shelves in the open closet are the perfect designated media and entertainment center to keep components, Xbox games, (and even books!) organized and out of the way. And if sounds of computerized gunfire begin to grate on your nerves, never fear: successful family togetherness can be achieved with the help of the comprehensive wet bar. Tucked into a mirrored alcove, this tiled area features cabinetry and a stainless sink with gooseneck faucet, everything you need to mix up a prescription for whatever ails you, or to dutifully refill the kids’ soda glasses. If spills happen, the durable and attractive blonde Pergo laminate floors found here, on the staircase and in the master bedroom, ensure that cleanup is stress-free. The convenient downstairs half bathroom proudly displays the results of its recent remodel, including a new solid-surface vanity top, water-saving toilet with gentle close lid, porcelain tile floors, and a Moen faucet.
Whether the home chef’s visions of kitchen artistry feature poring over molecular gastronomy tomes or zapping Lean Cuisine, this up-to-the-minute kitchen provides all the best possible tools. Completely upgraded with the most modern appliances, including an efficient Whirlpool smooth-top range, oven, microwave and bottom-freezer fridge, this workspace is a tour de force of efficiency and style. No expense has been spared: quartz Caesarstone countertops glisten beneath recessed can dimmable LED lighting and an array of new solid wood KraftMaid cabinets featuring a lifetime warranty. For the exceptionally talented kitchen packrat, a full height pantry with interior hanging door rack has untold possibilities. Cool porcelain tile floors complement the mosaic tile backsplash, and washing dishes promises to be less of a chore with the wide backyard-facing window and premium 16-gauge stainless steel double sink with new garbage disposal and pullout spray faucet. Just in case you’re still reluctant or pressed for time, the Kenmore dishwasher awaits, its quick and quiet sensor clean cycle at the ready. The sun-splashed nook generously extends the kitchen footprint, facilitating indoor-outdoor dining through sliding doors to the patio and beckoning to youngsters with promises of cookies and milk to soften the sting of tough math homework.
As much as you love the people you live with, admit it: sometimes there is beauty in solitude. Luckily, there is no better place to stash an easel, a yoga mat, or that dart board your wife abhors than this home’s unique custom-built studio, detached with its own private entrance. With abundant natural light and a windowed door, the possibilities for this room are endless: start a band, learn a new hobby, set up a quiet office, watch the game without interruption, or lock up your kids (ONLY KIDDING!).
Between projects, find additional inspiration in the seemingly limitless hilltop sky and the canopy of evening stars, reclining in absolute peace surrounded by fragrant blooms in the ultra-private backyard. Whether you’re soaking in the spa, perfectly prepared martini in hand, listening to the gurgle of the statuesque fountain, or coaxing vegetables to grow, nails caked in dirt, you’ll feel the unmistakable presence of Mother Nature. The distinctive shape of this property coupled with the structure’s L-shaped design allows for not only a huge multi-level backyard suitable for entertaining but also side yards lined with enchanting woodsy areas dotted with stepping stone pathways. The upper level brick patio is ideal for summertime grilling and the lower cement patio is ready for spa-side noshing with a cast iron patio set with umbrella. Magical landscaping incorporates mature trees with flowering foliage and transports you to a place far removed from any cares inhabiting that distant world beyond the high wooden fences. Even bikes and recreational equipment won’t impair your enjoyment of the pastoral setting; they can be discreetly stashed away in the two car garage, where you’ll also find a washer and dryer.
So now, close your eyes and imagine a scene with gently waving straw-colored hillside grasses, azure blue skies, and verdant treetops. No, it’s not a Monet displayed in the Louvre; it’s the spellbinding view from the serene upstairs level with four bedrooms and two full baths. Rejuvenate yourself with this breathtaking scenery, glimpsing it from one of the large framed windows in the guest bedrooms or from the master balcony over a morning espresso.
Reflecting a skilled artist’s touch, the luxurious master suite integrates a spacious and light-filled bedroom with a broad deck big enough for a café table and lounge chairs, plus a hotel-quality bathroom. In short, it’s the answer to long, stressful days, promising a good night’s rest and an optimistic outlook on the time ahead. Bask in the fresh hilltop breezes with the Andersen French doors with a retractable transparent screen, and then step outside to drink in the panorama of Pleasanton Ridge, totally unimpeded by the neighboring homes below. When it’s time to wash away the cares of the day (or the paint spatters from creativity in the studio), the huge walk-in closet provides plenty of room for hanging your beret, and the upscale bathroom takes the his-and-hers concept to another level: twin sinks in a long solid surface vanity plus matching oval mirrors and a tiled floor-to-ceiling shower big enough to share. As in all the bathrooms, the sparkling results of the recent remodel are everywhere: new fixtures sparkle, accentuated by porcelain tile floors and the sheen of new countertops.
Along the hallway with its linen cabinet and winning display counter, the remaining bedrooms are a palette of options and possibilities, customizable as guest rooms, kids’ lairs, a den, even a gym or playroom. Each features soft carpeting, a large closet and treetop views from wide windows. Two front bedrooms overlook the quiet court while the side bedroom distinguishes itself with track lighting and a mirrored closet with built-in shelves. The accompanying upstairs bathroom sports a shower/tub combination, a window, and all the hallmarks of this home’s modern upgrades.
Don’t wait for the next high-end auction to purchase your own work of genius. Instead, jump on this limited edition home and you can skip the museum admission fees. If you’re ready for your family to experience true mastery, call Jim Lavey today at (925) 846-3755 to arrange a private showing. While you might not want to call on him for art lessons, he promises to show you the way to a new era of creativity and fruitfulness.