Sold $2,950,000 (List Price: $1,998,000) - Single Family Home
Located on a coveted block in Upper Rockridge, 5903 Margarido is a 4BD/3.5BA, 3083 square foot Monterey Colonial with high ceilings, hardwood floors, and spacious light-filled rooms with art deco touches. The home includes a formal dining room, modern kitchen (with skylights!), expansive family room, gracious owner’s suite, and a rare 1BD/1BA full service guest/au pair apartment with private entrance. A sunny deck overlooks the exquisite terraced rear garden with its wide patio and summer kitchen and a lush lawn shaded by majestic redwoods. Beautifully situated, the home is moments from Rockridge BART, College Avenue shops and restaurants, coveted schools, the beloved Village Market, the Claremont Country Club, Lake Temescal, and Montclair Village.
Beneath an arbor of roses, a tall gate opens to reveal a sun-washed brick courtyard surrounded by brick-trimmed beds of decorative hedges, roses, and camellia bushes. Large enough for an al fresco party under the stars, the courtyard is also an ideal place to relax and enjoy the quiet melody of the bubbling fountain.
Inside the home, a sleek marble fireplace is flanked by multipane glass French doors that open onto the courtyard and a wide picture window overlooking the beautiful rear garden fills the room with natural light.
The formal dining room is perfect for intimate dinners or for holiday celebrations with family and friends. The adjacent kitchen is a home chef’s delight with expansive countertops, an island with a vegetable sink for food prep, a Thermador five-burner gas cooktop, built-in Dacor oven, and an integrated SubZero refrigerator. A large greenhouse window over dual sinks is an ideal spot for an herb garden, and four skylights fill the room with light. On one side of the kitchen, glass French doors open onto the rear deck shaded by a huge magnolia tree – a beautiful spot for early morning coffee or late night stargazing.
Upstairs, the luxurious owner’s suite includes a huge walk-in closet with organizer and mirrored doors, and the adjacent bath features a separate tub and walk-in shower with vintage tile and a distinctive vanity for storage. Two additional spacious bedrooms each with their own charming features, share a large bath with shower over tub and vintage tile vanity.
The lower level of the home includes a large flexible space with a stone fireplace with walls of shelves – with the potential for use as a family room, office, library, or some combination of the three. Wide glass French doors open onto brick steps leading down to a patio that runs the width of the house. Also on this level is a convenient in-law/au pair apartment with a kitchen, full bath, and a large bedroom with walk-in closet and windows overlooking the back garden. An attached two-car garage with interior access to this level provides abundant storage space and a laundry area with cabinets and utility sink.
An entertainer’s dream, the amazing terraced back garden is a delight with a patio and barbeque summer kitchen running the width of the house. Stairs lead down to a lush lawn partially shaded by mature bay, laurel, and maple trees and majestic redwoods.The lower levels are a profusion of plantings including variegated pittosporum and hydrangeas.