Sold $3,700,000 SOLD ($3,395,000 List Price) - Single Family Home
Drenched in natural light, a sophisticated 4+BD/4.5BA, 5000 square foot European-inspired Contemporary sits on the sought-after crest of Upper Rockridge known as ‘Alpine Terrace’. Sitting on the upslope of this cul-de-sac, 156 Alpine Terrace boasts striking 360-degree views of the bay, four bridges, the Claremont, the Campanile, and the East Bay Hills. Ideally designed and constructed to maximize privacy while taking full advantage of some of the most stunning views in the area, this home also exemplifies the best of what Upper Rockridge has to offer with its enviable 86 walkability score, just moments away from many excellent restaurants, Market Hall gourmet grocery, and the College Ave BART station. Located in the desirable Chabot School District, 156 Alpine Terrace is also moments from excellent private schools such as The College Preparatory School, The Bently School, The Head-Royce School, The Academy School, Redwood Day School, St Paul’s School, Park Day School, Bishop O’Dowd High School, among others.
Classic architectural details distinguish 156 Alpine Terrace’s gracious and flexible floor plan including arched doorways, hardwood floors, coved ceilings, grand spiral staircase, and multiple French doors opening to the stunning San Francisco Bay, city, and 4-bridge views. The open, circular floor plan features a spacious gourmet chef’s kitchen open to the sunken family room below, opulent owner’s suite, lush back garden, attached 2-car garage with internal access, secondary detached garage (that may inspire one’s creativity for future expansion/development)* and a massive ground floor recreation room, landing and full bath – an obvious candidate to accommodate a studio au pair or brilliant full-service guest suite with separate entrance off the garden.
The front door opens onto a spacious foyer with high coved ceilings and gleaming oak floors, and through an arched doorway, the light from the sunny living room beckons. Two sets of French doors overlook the beautiful hillside, and a gas fireplace graces one wall.
But the focus of the room is the stunning bay view. Three sets of tall multi-paned glass French doors face west, providing spectacular sweeping views of San Francisco Bay, the lights of the city, and all four bridges. The doors open onto the expansive front patio, a peaceful place to sip a cold drink, and watch the burnished glow of the sun setting over the bay.
On the other side of the foyer, filled with natural light and warm wood, the formal dining room boasts a coved ceiling, oak floors, and a built-in stone-topped maple sideboard with drawers and glass-doored shelves for storage. Three sets of arched windows overlook the bay, creating a beautiful backdrop for elegant dinners. Nearby, tucked away in a conveniently placed nook, is a butler’s pantry with shelves and a wine fridge.
Off the dining room is an expansive, gorgeous chef’s kitchen boasting abundant polished maple cabinetry, stone countertops, Bosch dishwasher, built-in microwave, and a large double sink beneath a sunny casement window with custom Roman shade. A wheeled kitchen island with stainless steel top provides additional room for food prep, and recessed outlets in the floor allow for appliance use. Plug in your Jura Espresso machine and leave the countertops free for chopping, kneading, rolling piecrust, or plating gorgeous entrees. The discerning home chef will also appreciate cooking on the huge Thermador gas range with 6 burners, built-in grill, double oven, pot filler, pot hooks above, and flanked by wood drawers for utensils. Next to the stove is well-lit nook housing a matching maple built-in desk with shelves above.
The kitchen is open to a cheerful breakfast room for casual meals. Corner windows overlook the lush backyard and fill the room with light. A stone-topped maple sideboard provides ample cabinets and drawers for serving dishes and linens. The adjoining family/media room flows elegantly from the kitchen and features a built-in media center, and oversized windows overlooking the landscaped backyard.
From the media room, pass through to an open study with built-in cabinets and shelves for storage and display. Over a lovely built-in desk with stone inlay top, a window catches the light. Beautiful French doors between the media room and study open out to the shady backyard. Also on this level is a convenient powder room with a distinctive table-top sink and pendant light, as well as a window on the bay.
A grand, curving staircase lit by a distinctive chandelier winds up to an expansive landing with light streaming through French doors overlooking the bay. To one side is a study nook with a built-in desk and shelves.
The elegant owner’s suite features hardwood floors, a stone fireplace, a huge walk-in closet with built-in shelves, drawers, and shoe storage, and windows on three sides. Light spills through casement windows on the west wall, and French doors open onto a covered patio – an ideal perch for enjoying early morning coffee and enjoying the view as the neighborhood wakes up.
The adjacent split bath features a windowed walk-in shower with bench seating, a rain showerhead, an additional handheld showerhead, and glass door. An oversized jetted tub with stone surround is perfect for soaking away the tensions of the day while gazing out on the magnificent view. A stone-topped dual vanity provides ample space for fluffy towels, bath sheets, and the bubble bath needed for sumptuous bathing.
Down the hall, an en-suite bedroom features windows on two sides and a walk-in closet. The adjoining bath contains a shower over tub and vanity. The remaining two bedrooms, each with lovely views and large closets, share a full bath with tub, walk-in shower with bench seating, and stone vanity with dual sinks.
Also on this level is a laundry room with storage space above a washer and dryer, counter w/utility sink and maple shelves.
A second curving staircase lit by lovely sconces leads down to an expansive space that could be configured as a family room, rec room, au pair, guest suite, or office, with French doors opening onto stone steps and a charming stone path through the lush backyard to the detached garage. This level also includes a full bath and internal access to the attached 2-car garage.
The enclosed backyard is truly an urban oasis, with a flagstone patio surrounded by trees, a lush and nearly level lawn, and mature plantings.
Custom window coverings
Security system (leased)
2-car attached garage with separate door openers (3 cars with tandem parking)
2-Car detached garage with ADU potential
*Check with the city of Oakland for any possible development opportunities related to detached garage