Leave your beach umbrella stashed in the garage—you won’t want to venture far from this impressive four-bedroom beauty in Pleasanton’s coveted and centrally located Stoneridge district. Let your thoughts drift to exotic tropical locales, your feet remaining firmly on the ground, as you sunbathe on the pool deck, drink in the heady smell of fragrant blossoms or even retreat to your own private sauna. Every inch of the luxurious 2,200+ square foot interior has been impeccably maintained with stunning details that illuminate the alluring rooms which include a sunny eat-in kitchen, formal living/dining rooms, huge family room and four restful bedrooms with their two completely remodeled companion bathrooms. Don’t waste your money on pricey spas; find your oasis much closer to home, settling in to enjoy the inspiration and dedication that has been poured into this home by its architects, landscape designers, and previous owners.
Enjoy the journey and the destination in this perfect location—this Stoneridge address is truly envy-inspiring. Only minutes from BART and the interstate 580/680 junction, this property is perched at the gateway to the majestic Tri-Valley, with convenient access to all the major Bay Area cities. The destination retail center at Stoneridge Mall is close enough to walk or bike to avoid busy parking lots, and this area is chock full of restaurants and entertainment options. Nearby historic downtown Pleasanton boasts a collection of unique boutiques, cafés and community events including summer concerts and farmers markets. Known especially for its top-rated schools, this region is served by Lydiksen Elementary, a short walk even for the smallest kindergartner, and less than a mile away, Foothill High School, within easy walking or skateboarding range. Belying its convenient proximity to all these hubs of activity, this is a sheltered and tranquil neighborhood, serenaded by the whisper of mature trees and flanked by three scenic community parks including Muirwood Park, approximately a block away.
Many homes are given a facelift before sale. But only the rare exception has been lovingly maintained throughout its history, updated with every new convenience, and modernized at each turn, making this home an extra-special opportunity. The previous homeowners have surveyed this property constantly with a watchful eye, turning their attention not only to superior functionality but also to aesthetics. Nowhere is this more evident than the panorama of the 7,029 square foot lot, decoratively landscaped and packed with resort-style features, including the sparkling free-form swimming pool, spa, pool deck and patio cabana. The front yard was completely overhauled in 2018, landscaped with stunning magenta flowers which offset the natural stone and brick of the raised planters. A wide swath of brilliantly green lawn will have your neighbors asking you for trade secrets—you can give them your gardener’s phone number or take the credit yourself. While you’re chatting, invite them up to the front courtyard paved with brick mosaic and share a glass of sweet tea. After all, a porch this grand calls for a touch of Southern-inspired hospitality, unless you prefer to just savor your own solitary cappuccino in the morning… hey, we’re not judging.
Guests granted access to the home’s inner sanctum will be impressed by the custom tile entryway flooring and muted light from the front door sidelights, even before stepping onto the plush carpet of the formal living and dining rooms just beyond. These rooms share a delicate formality exemplified by the chair rail and chandelier in the huge dining room that seats ten and the gentle step down into the living room. Yet, in many ways, this home is a study in balances: outdoors meets indoors, tradition meets innovation. Here, the old-world gentility of these inviting and warm spaces is complemented by modern innovations, including energy efficient dual pane windows with custom shades and raised panel doors with custom lever handles, found here and throughout the home.
With Pleasanton’s year-round temperate climate, evenings will frequently find you outdoors, gazing at constellations or enjoying the intoxicating scent of burgers sizzling on the grill. But what about those rainy and blustery nights when you have a sudden craving for s’mores? (Don’t tell me I’m alone in this one, please...) Luckily, the oversized family room awaits, its soaring floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace with cozy matching hearth and gracefully curved mantel summoning you to light the kindling. Gleaming hardwood flooring isn’t just a pretty face but up to any challenge—if toast always lands butter side down, just imagine a dropped s’more. Quaint wall shelves are the perfect vantage point for treasured portraits of great-great-great ancestors plus they keep prized family heirlooms on proud display, safely out of reach of little fingers. The ceiling fan pulls in fresh air through the wide sliding doors, the backyard patio forming an outdoor extension of this already expansive room. Finally, a true family room should always have access to the indoor laundry and snacks waiting close at hand in the kitchen nook; this well-designed space offers both, naturally.
Man cannot live by cookout alone, although it might be tempting to try. At the very least, this home’s chef-friendly kitchen is an ideal place to mix up a flavorful marinade and cheerfully clean up afterwards. But if cooking extravagant and sumptuous meals is your thing, you’ll be truly delighted with the many accoutrements designed to make your culinary life a joy. This exemplary kitchen, formed around a perfect work triangle, is packed with cabinets and storage and only the best appliances. Premium surfaces are another hallmark, from the glossy slab granite countertops to the hardwood flooring and gorgeous expanses of cherry wood cabinets. The full complement of stainless-steel workhorse appliances includes a new KitchenAid dishwasher, built-in microwave, premium Frigidaire gas range, and wide-profile refrigerator with water and ice dispensing. Glass-front cabinets and custom drawers accent the gracious corner walls, echoing the glass upper cabinets and granite countertop of the exceptionally handy butler’s pantry located just offsides from the main action—the perfect location to play bartender, serve hors d’oeuvres, or stash stacks of used dishes after a feast. Anyone can place purchase orders for appliances but this kitchen’s thoughtful design demonstrates its origins in the imagination of a bona fide chef who added details like an appliance garage, task-friendly recessed can lighting, and the double stainless sink with its inspirational pool view just beyond the full granite backsplash. The sunny nook big enough for a full table will doubtlessly be the favorite meeting place for hungry teens, homework spot for motivated students, or hall for the occasional pre-dinner band instrument recital.
But let’s be honest, sometimes the flavor of the charcoal grill is still just too much to resist. On those occasions, and on lazy summer days, and when the sun is out, and well, pretty much every other day of the year, the incomparable backyard competes with five-star resorts for its place in the heart of its initiates. With direct access to the family room, master bedroom and nook through dual pane sliding glass doors, the yard segues naturally from indoors to outdoors, making elegant al fresco entertaining an effortless reality. Beautiful, inspired landscaping and flower beds ornament vast expanses of patio. Toe-friendly cool decking around the pool beckons to the sun goddess in all of us and you’ll find shade for the SPF-adverse in the roomy cabana underneath the wooden canopy with its tropical ceiling fan. The free-form pool with spa forms the yard’s natural centerpiece, its sparkling waters heated by user-friendly solar and its inner workings faithfully maintained and diligently improved by its previous owners. Cement side yards and a two-car garage furnish additional storage and utility, places to stash bikes, trikes and all the paraphernalia of a recreationally fulfilling life.
Although you might consider breaking out the sleeping bags to spend the night stargazing in the absolute privacy of the yard, the beckoning comfort of four regally appointed bedrooms is likely to lure you indoors. If so, set up camp in the master bedroom with its signature retreat area perfectly suited to serve as a comfortable library, en suite office, nursery, or lounge area. A huge picture window and sliders to the yard energize you on early mornings and hotel-style shades darken it when you need peace. Luxurious carpeting feels tantalizingly soft underfoot while the enormous walk-in closet eliminates any need for self-control at annual clearance sales. The coup de grace is the indulgent master bath with its unparalleled prescription for self-pampering: this completely remodeled oasis boasts a sauna, steam bath, and shower. Tile floors, Corian countertops and a wealth of cabinets put the finishing touches on the spa atmosphere. The three remaining bedrooms all face the quiet side yard, their large closets and generous square footage giving them flexibility to be used as kids’ rooms, guest accommodations, a home office, rec room or even private gym or studio. The accompanying guest bathroom exceeds all expectations with deluxe granite countertops atop the twin vanity, a tiled tub/shower with glass doors, and a streamlined yet elegant profile featuring recessed can lighting and gleaming stainless fixtures.
Literally from foundation to rooftop, this prized home has been built and sustained with love. From a complete seismic retrofit of the foundation completed in 2016 to solar panels added four years ago to the 40-year composition roof and gutters replaced less than a decade ago, no expense has been spared. These improvements aren’t mere icing on a cake to promote a quick sale, but additions to create an enduring eminently livable and welcoming residential environment. Take the next step towards ownership of this dearly treasured home—you’ll enjoy being the beneficiary of such overwhelming care and attention. Please call Jim Lavey at (925) 846-3755 for an introduction and private viewing of this spectacular property. We want you to discover how good it feels simply to walk through the front door.