An Elegant Upper Rockridge View Home
Five bedrooms, four bathrooms and gorgeous San Francisco Bay views begin to detail this elegant Upper Rockridge home.
The street-side exterior bespeaks of a 40’s era Traditional, swanky for the time and very welcoming. The owners have brought their personal touches and recently accentuated the views, offering a more modern way of life.
The main living level now boasts an eat-in kitchen/family room, open on either end for endless entertaining possibilities: To the East, a courtyard for al fresco dining and play; to the West, panel doors open the wall up to an expansive view deck overlooking the rear yard, gardens and City. Custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, Thermador range and a peninsula into the dining/family room to grab a quick bite or do homework. Around the corner, the formal living room is a relaxing space with fireplace and views of the Bay. Sunsets bring a warm glow into this room. A renovated bathroom and bedroom are tucked aside, great for an au-pair or guests. Random-width, random-plank hardwood floors throughout this floor.
Upstairs, the views just get better for the three bedrooms and two full baths. Two bedrooms sit on one side of the house, each with built-ins: The front bedroom has French doors to a sweet street-side balcony, while the rear bedroom enjoys a cozy window-seat with Bay views. They share a full bath, renovated and bright. The master bedroom suite includes his/her closets, built-ins and a custom Elfa walk-in closet, a private balcony with Bay views, and a sophisticated, reimagined bathroom with views of Mt. Tam. Radiant heated floors in the bathrooms, and skylights for added natural light.
Check out the climbing wall that leads to the massive, renovated attic room! Spanning the width of the house, this room has been enclosed, carpeted, and makes for the coolest playroom, yoga studio or gym.
Oh, but there’s more!
Views abound from the lower level guest suite, too! A cottagey one-bedroom, one-bathroom suite, with living room, fireplace, kitchenette and private balcony surprises most everyone who comes to this house. With a separate entrance and stairs to the back yard and gardens, this special floor also shares interior access to the main house, making it perfect for an au-pair, guests or extended family.
Pies and cobblers and turnovers – yum! The most prolific apple tree grows on the side of the yard, opposite the lemon, lime, pear and plum trees. Organic raised beds seem tucked away, next to the terraced gardens, grassy yard and brick patio. Indoor/outdoor living…definitely.
Custom renovations throughout the home meld modern conveniences with traditional architectural style. Breathtaking tile from Walker Zanger and Ann Sacks. Radiant heat in the bathroom floors and an on-demand water heater. Soundproofed ceilings in the lower level guest bedroom (peace and quiet!). Solar panels on the new roof lower the energy bills while being kind to our environment, as does the 220-volt wiring in the 2-car garage, nearly ready for an electric car.
Conveniently located near Hillcrest and CPS schools, College Avenue shopping and restaurants, Rockridge BART, Lake Temescal, Montclair Village and all the Bay Area has to offer. Location, views, style and convenience make 5247 Harbord Drive the perfect place to call home.