Nothing lasts forever, but the love borne of a happy and fulfilling home life comes close. Lavish the best of everything on your dearest ones with this dramatic and captivating two-story in Stoneridge Place, one of Pleasanton’s most highly regarded developments. This fabulous location is mere steps from Amaral park and award-winning Mohr elementary school, which boasts a ten out of ten ‘Great Schools’ rating. With its up-to-date construction, premium materials, and meticulous attention to detail, this 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom stunner is a showcase of contemporary design, from its granite gourmet kitchen and spa-quality master suite to its leafy and whimsical private backyard.
The timeless adage “location, location, location” may be a real estate cliché, but like many platitudes, it has solid roots. With this home, discover a neighborhood so ideal that it’s tempting to add a fourth repetition of ‘location’ to the saying. Sequestered at the end of a quiet court with almost no traffic, you’d think you were far away from civilization. Yet, within a single mile, you’ll discover Livermore’s Designer Outlets, the shops at Fallon Gateway (including Target) and America’s sweetheart of a grocery store, Trader Joe’s. Venture just a bit further, keeping the radius to two miles, and you’ll find K-12 schools, all part of Pleasanton’s nationally acclaimed school district, the big-box mall at Hacienda Crossings (with the largest cinema in the area), and for work days, convenient access to BART and interstate 580. After work and errands are completed, the Arroyo Mocho Trail is just out the door, the temptations of Tri-Valley wine country stretch out on all sides, and nearby historic downtown Pleasanton offers an enticing array of cafes and family-owned shops.
The tidy, well-kept exterior only hints at the pleasures inside this enduring beauty. Still, it presents a charming profile with decorative wooden shades and window ledges, a covered front porch area, and a quaint natural brick driveway. Through the raised panel front door with its tall sidelight, the gateway is the winning entryway, with limestone tile floors and a cut-out window into the living room where the dramatic staircase soars up to the upper floor with its open gallery.
The serene and dignified living room is the perfect venue for large-scale gatherings or cozy nights curled up contentedly in front of the signature gas fireplace, a see-through masterpiece which serves both living room and family room, surrounded on both sides by a gleaming granite enclosure and matching hearth. Balancing embracing warmth with soaring lines and airy spaciousness, plush carpeting and soft sunlight from the double-height windows play against thirty-foot vaulted ceilings and the sweep of the staircase’s wooden banister. The adjacent dining room creates a grand “entertaining suite”, seating a table of six under the classic chandelier, the sliding doors to the backyard facilitating indoor-outdoor dining on balmy evenings. Side windows enable even more natural light in an already luminous environment, but we’d argue that there’s no such thing as being “too cheerful”.
Throughout this residence, the designer has chosen materials certain to withstand the test of time, including limestone and granite. Quality carpeting in the bedrooms, living room and dining room and oak laminate floors in the kitchen and family room are not only durable, but also have timeless allure. Ditto the energy efficiency of dual pane windows and the classical affect of customized blinds and window treatments alongside raised panel doors with gold knobs. All of these are proudly displayed in the family room, where loved ones will congregate to enjoy the aromas of home cooked meals emanating from the adjoining kitchen, to warm chilly toes by the fireside while gazing at heirlooms on the mantel, or to dream away afternoons in the bright corner created by front-facing windows highlighted by recessed can lighting. The convenient downstairs half bath features limestone tile floors and a delightful pedestal sink with an oval mirror for practicing your best Snow White impressions.
Mealtime is one of the great family bonds, so this welcoming kitchen packed with first-rate amenities and a sun-splashed nook will draw everyone even closer. Between long granite countertops with a matching backsplash and a broad granite-topped island, preparation space will never be at a premium. In fact, you might have to combat the packrat tendencies encouraged by this kitchen’s seemingly endless banks of cheerful maple cabinets which include a triple-wide full height pantry. Jet black, name-brand appliances provide a touch of gravitas in an otherwise lighthearted, natural design, and include a GE gas range and oven, built-in microwave, dishwasher and a KitchenAid refrigerator. Nine-foot ceilings, recessed can lighting, and the backyard-facing windows that form the backdrop for the double sink create a sense of soaring openness that extends into the adorable eat-in nook. Here, not only is there room for a full breakfast table, but also an alcove with a built-in desk, perfect for keeping household business organized and close at hand. A window above the desk and sliding glass doors to the backyard give everyone an inspiring view of birds as they flit and flutter amongst the greenery.
If gazing through windows only intensifies your taste for the outdoors, step into the sweet backyard with its lovely shade arbor and broad aggregate cement patio with stone inlays, suitable for sunning or hosting a garden party. A patch of lawn is a soft landing pad for toddlers and the surrounding landscaping is enchanting, featuring leafy maples and flowering foliage. In the side yard, raised flowerbeds crafted from rough hewn natural rock run along the tall fence, creating another area for enjoying nature or cultivating flora of your own. Since this home features the king of all garages, a two-car design with an astonishing plentitude of storage, including ten full-height and six upper cabinets as well as a handyman’s dream workbench ringed with pegboard, there’s no need for storing bikes or recreational equipment outdoors, leaving the yard free for pure relaxation.
Our homes are not only our castles, but our shelter from the world, and there is nothing better for the soul than soothing and well-appointed bedrooms with views of the endless sky. The gateway to this fabulous upstairs level is the carpeted staircase and the lofty aerie of the gallery, which overlooks the living room from multiple angles and centers around an upstairs display area atop a built-in cabinet. The hallway, with recessed can lighting and a separate laundry area tucked away behind folding doors, leads to the bedrooms, where you’ll awake feeling as if you’ve slept for centuries. And with any luck, kids will be persuaded to doze past dawn, thanks to the hushed quiet and Levolor blinds in the guest bedrooms.
The master suite has a regal double door entrance and the bedroom is sprawling enough to dictate the inclusion of an old-fashioned sitting area along the wall, where two oversized picture windows proudly show off tailored window treatments. Multiple closets, including a huge walk-in closet, provide room for the largest wardrobes, but trust us; you won’t want to change out of your bathrobe once you glimpse the master bath. This spa-quality retreat gravitates around a deep oval tub with a ledge perfect for your candle, glass of rosé, and literature (or trashy novel), but also features a generous-sized glass stall shower, private toilet area, and broad solid-surface vanity with his-and-hers sinks, a built-in makeup mirror, and high windows for flattering natural light.
Share the wealth with others in your family with the three additional bedrooms and a fully equipped bathroom. Perfect as spacious, well-lit guestrooms or flexible use spaces such as a home office, gym, or playroom, these plushly carpeted, airy rooms each feature large closets and ceiling fans. Corner windows in two bedrooms and an upper level “peekaboo” window in another ensure tons of natural light, giving each room an undeniably joyful, crisp countenance. The accompanying bathroom is a variation on the same theme, sporting a wide off-white vanity with full-wall mirror and a tub/shower combination with dividing doors between the two areas.
Don’t let “happily ever after” slip away. Instead, reside in eternal harmony with the locale that will make it all that much easier. Call Jim Lavey today at (925) 846-3755 for an introduction to this magical home and the auspicious future it promises for you and your loved ones.