Shielded from San Francisco fog by rolling hills and cloistered in eucalyptus and pine, Orinda is a private suburban enclave offering a natural tableau as incredible as they come. Yet its commuter-friendly location close to Highway 24 that puts Oakland, San Francisco, and Walnut Creek within easy reach gives the city a level of convenience that is equally enticing.
Orinda’s Mediterranean climate, its unique character (the city was ranked the second friendliest town in America by Forbes) and some of the most highly rated schools in the state are but three more reasons the city is so desirable among luxury homebuyers.
The jewel of Orinda is 37 Parkway Court, offering a rare opportunity to buy a newer, gated estate property that also offers two adjacent lots.
The incredible 4.28-acre estate is pristine as is, and also prepared for expansion. “The other two lots are already approved for development, so if someone wanted to create a compound here, there’s potential,” said the home’s current owner in SF Gate.
Completed in 2010, the magnificent residence offers 5,786-square feet of exceptionally detailed interiors with custom finishes including mahogany doors and beamed ceilings, and a host of high-tech amenities including “individual sound systems for each room, a dozen surveillance cameras recording on a 30-day loop are among his favorite features,” and Surround Sound throughout the home—”even (in) the laundry room and the steam shower in the master suite,” said SF Gate.
The kitchen is fit for any gourmet chef with a large center island, professional appliances, and a hillside view from a bank of large windows over the sink. An elevator, a 1,100-bottle wine cellar, art gallery walls, a security room with huge safe, and en-suite bedrooms including the sumptuous master suite with luxurious spa bath blend convenience with captivating allure. Sunlight streams into the gracious living room, where French doors open onto the incredible grounds.
Here, a custom saltwater pool and spa with a backdrop of terraced hillsides hold court. Multiple fountains, an English garden spilling over with rose bushes, a large dog run, and a covered loggia with a treetop view add to the allure of this property. Access to the trails, picnic spots, fishing, and boating of the renowned Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area complete a truly unique picture.