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240 Taurus Avenue, Montclair

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Sold $1,750,000 SOLD (List: 1.775M) - Single Family Home
4 Bedrooms4.5 Bathrooms1 Car Garage Print this page


Perched atop its own ultra-private bluff, 240 Taurus is a study in luxurious contemporary living combined with sweeping views, dramatic open spaces, and something that is all too rare in the Bay Area – land. With two separate parcels totaling over 22,000 square feet (including a buildable lot at 246 Taurus) and over 4400 square feet of flexible interior space, the possibilities for use are endless.

Designed by notable Oakland Architect George Dedekian and completed in 2006, this 4 bedroom, 4.5 bath home has the feeling of living above the fray, of seclusion, while providing great access to the bounties of the East Bay. The interior design is thoughtful and forward-thinking, maximizing the inspiring 3-bridge bay views and providing both dramatic and intimate spaces that allow its occupants to adapt to the many moods and changes of our complex lives.

The main level is the dramatic and emotional center of the home with wide-open spaces under soaring ceilings accented by steel beam trusses, skylights, walls of windows (including beautiful frameless corner windows), spacious level-out decks (that wrap around the entire house), two office/desk built-ins, grand contemporary fireplace, book shelves, powder room, and an eat-in gourmet kitchen outfitted with island/breakfast bar, ample cabinetry, granite counters, wine bar and refrigerator, and an exciting collection of professional-grade, stainless steel appliances.

Two surprises await in the form of splendid master suites. From the main level, an industrial staircase beckons you to a loft above the common spaces. It is an enchanting hideaway (ideal for bedroom, guest room or inspiring home office) with wood-burning fireplace, cathedral ceiling, full bath with shower over Japanese soaking tub, balcony, and views from Cal Berkeley’s iconic Campanile tower to downtown San Francisco.

The primary master bedroom privately occupies its own wing of the main level and includes a huge, organized walk-in closet, laundry room with ironing center, side yard access to patio and pond, and a spa-like master bath trimmed in marble with dual vanities and walk-in steam shower.

The lower level is also grand in scale and generous in amenities. A large living area/family room with full bath and kitchenette has the feeling of separate living quarters or a more private escape from the common spaces above. There are two more large bedrooms (each with sliding glass doors to the outside), a large laundry room with wash area, and a second spacious bath with frameless glass standing steam shower and bench, jetted tub, and dual vanities.

Other features of the home include a large 3-room finished storage area, two-car garage, additional parking area for two, Brazilian hardwood floors, 2-zone air conditioning and heating, built-in speakers, central vacuum system, extensive radiant heat flooring system, and a rare walk-in safe. The private drive has recently been repaved.

The outdoors spaces are vast for this semi-urban setting. With an array of decks, gardens, patios, ponds and retaining walls, enjoy drought-resistant plantings and mature landscaping including oaks, Japanese maples, roses, and an assortment of fruit trees (persimmon, apple, cherry, fig, apricot, Meyer lemon, among others). There is more space for vegetable gardens or future development – the possibilities are endless.

In the Bay Area, space is at a premium. 240 Taurus is a rare home that has vast amenities, grand and intimate spaces, and surprising room to grow — all with the ever-changing bay as the backdrop to this one-of-a-kind home.