Like a flower garden, the best homes start with well-crafted plans which combine with care, attention to detail, and inspiration to create something truly special. This delightful 2,201 square foot traditional single-story is a perfect example of this type of creativity: every inch of its four bedrooms, two gleaming bathrooms and modern kitchen comes to life in the sunlight splashing through ubiquitous dual pane windows. From the glossy marble countertops in the updated bathrooms to the sleek modern appliances in the contemporary kitchen, each surface and angle work together in harmony, forming something whole and beautiful like an arrangement of petals. Inhale, and you might even catch a whiff of perfume lightly scenting the breeze as it rides in through the sliding doors from the back patio.
But even the hardiest flowers won’t flourish without a suitable location. Nestled in the Pleasanton foothills in prestigious Stoneridge, the neighborhood surrounding Flagstone Drive manages to be both tranquil and near the center of everything. Commuters will thrill at the easy proximity to BART and major interstate highways, while grade school children scamper happily to nationally recognized Lydiksen Elementary School, only a block away. After school, you’ll almost be able to hear the delighted laughter of children enjoying scenic Muirwood Park, just at the other end of the quiet street. High school students benefit from the legendary education at Foothill High School and can blow off steam at nearby Stoneridge Mall or in nearby downtown Pleasanton, with its tempting array of shops, restaurants and sidewalk cafes.
Curb appeal isn’t just a television show; it’s what makes a house a home. Here, visitors are drawn in past the water-conscious landscaping of the front yard and the curved walkway to the oak front door, which skirts the line between stately and whimsical with its cut glass oval insert and sidelight. Inside, sunbeams frolic on the wood laminate floors of the entryway and hallway, supplemented by light from the overhead fixture. On either side of the entryway lie the dignified formal entertaining areas: a large dining room seating eight and a sunken living room, both with oversized front-facing windows that guarantee natural light even on the gloomiest of Northern California days. These rooms share a color scheme that includes soft neutral carpeting and custom fabric light filtering draperies. Throughout the home, there is an attention to energy efficiency, exemplified by the dual pane windows and the durable metal roof.
Like blossoms in a bouquet, the main living spaces of this home each have a distinct character but integrate seamlessly to create a comprehensive artistic statement. The family room and kitchen are the thrumming heart of this home, perfectly tailored to accommodate leisure and activity. On warm summer days, throw open the family room’s sliding doors to the backyard and experience the true meaning of indoor-outdoor living. Cooler nights call for adding logs to the fireplace and watching firelight reflect on the light bricks of the hearth and dramatic soaring archway just above. Decorating is easy with the understated canvas of acoustically optimal scraped and textured ceilings, new eggshell interior paint and custom textured carpeting. Unloading groceries is a snap too, with direct interior access to the two-car garage.
If the intoxicating floral scents from the backyard aren’t what you crave, follow the tantalizing aromas of home-cooked goodness to the cheerful and well-equipped kitchen. Separated from the family room only by a gentle step and a shared tile counter, this perfectly planned workspace promises to delight even the most passionate chef with ample light, counter space and first-rate appliances. The white tile counters that surround the kitchen are not only attractive but naturally heat resistant, and they perfectly offset the jet black GE range with Nutone fan, double oven and the HotPoint dishwasher. Another tile countertop extends beyond the wide kitchen window into the backyard, doubling as a pass-through for serving al fresco meals or possibly the world’s best sunny spot for a kitchen garden. Recessed panel lighting further brightens the already brilliant kitchen, as do new paint and vinyl tile flooring, and the fresh faces of abundant light oak cabinets. In the rear part of the room, recessed can lighting designates a special area for an eat-in nook large enough to serve everyday meals, and a butler’s pantry features a fanciful bank of glass cabinets for showing off that wedding china you so rarely use as well as lower cabinets and a counter for more practical items.
It’s difficult to view life through rose colored glasses unless you’re well-rested, so this home’s bedrooms are temples to comfort and serenity, promising that you’ll rise to greet each day feeling rejuvenated. This master bedroom isn’t merely a place to put a mattress, but a full-fledged retreat, featuring a platform with a separate sitting area with its own picture window. The main sleeping quarters have large glass sliding doors so that you can enjoy your morning coffee on the backyard patio. Fairytale draperies with valances, room-darkening blinds and plush custom carpets are only a few of the other ways this room pampers the senses. Plus, closet space will never be at a premium with double wide mirrored closets lining the alcove leading to the master bath. The master bath, despite being beautifully updated, pays tribute to an era gone by with its gorgeous marble vanity top with seated makeup table and a signature tiled Roman step-down tub perfect for indulgently bathing like an emperor. Only the most up-to-date delicate glass plumbing fixtures and flattering designer lighting belie the new millennium.
Whether your family includes little rosebuds or sullen teenagers who don’t exactly smell like roses, the remaining three bedrooms give everyone plenty of space to stretch their wings, and as a bonus, the spacious indoor laundry room with overhead storage is right down the hall. With each bedroom housing a large closet and a window on the world, all of these rooms are well-suited to a number of uses, including as a home office, playroom, or gym. Levolor blinds with fanciful custom draperies and soft carpets make them cozy and welcoming. Meanwhile, the accompanying guest bathroom would be at home in any top-notch luxury hotel, no exaggeration. The cookies and cream hue of the solid marble vanity counter surrounds dual sinks, eliminating quarrels between even the most contentious siblings (welllll…). Ornamental gilt filigree wallpaper extends the length of the room, until the juncture where the decorator tile of the shower-tub combination takes over. A full-wall mirror, flattering lighting, designer plumbing fixtures, and porcelain-accented cabinet pulls complete the picture.
As the saying goes, roses are red, violets are blue, and you can have a backyard full of both. Is your passion your green thumb or do you simply enjoy entertaining family and friends? Either way, this ultra private yard will encourage you unwind in peace. It’s tough not to let the stresses of the day slip away when you’re surrounded by fragrant flowerbeds full of roses, lounging atop a broad patio next to your barbecue and dining table. A large side yard area with gravel and stepping stones is the ideal place to practice a hobby, set up a container garden, or house a play structure. Just as a flower needs sun to blossom, a family needs a worthy place to put down roots. This well-designed home in its unsurpassable location is as deserving as any you’ll find. Learn how to plant the seeds for your future happiness by calling Jim Lavey today at (925) 846-3755 for more information or to schedule a private showing.