Sheltered beneath towering redwoods in the beautiful Claremont Hills, 6940 Charing Cross Road is a sleek and sophisticated 3BD/3BA 2464 sq ft Contemporary imbued with the peaceful feeling of a secluded retreat - a private oasis above the bustle of everyday life. The open floor plan, with its spacious rooms, gleaming oak floors, and soaring ceilings, creates a magnificent contemporary aesthetic with subtle Post Modern-inspired finishes. An elevator servicing all floors creates a penthouse vibe and enhances the flexibility of the space, uniquely appealing for multi-generational living or a high-end “house hacking” lifestyle.
This exquisitely remodeled home includes a gracious living room with a two-way fireplace, formal dining room, amazing chef’s kitchen, updated spa-like baths, opulent owner’s suite, and private guest quarters. Expansive walls of windows and multi-level decks provide an open indoor/outdoor flow that is the best of California living. Though tucked away in the hills, the home is just minutes from downtown Berkeley with its many independent restaurants and shops.
Beneath a dramatic vaulted ceiling, the gracious living room is warmed by an elegant marble-faced two-way fireplace, and a custom Anderson window wall fills the room with natural light. Glass French doors open onto the expansive deck where a copper enclosed see-thru gas fireplace and sheltering redwoods create an ideal place for drinks and hors d’oeuvres in the evening twilight.
The expansive state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen is a dream come true for the discerning home chef with its Viking commercial range with griddle, Zephyr glass range hood, built-in Sub Zero refrigerator, and Bosch dishwasher. Beautifully designed, the kitchen features stone countertops and built-in breakfast bar, abundant European stainless steel cabinets for storage with built-in pull-out spice racks, and a walk-in pantry large enough to store all the gourmet ingredients a chef could need.
Also on this level, a spacious, light-filled bedroom overlooks the wooded back yard. The adjacent spa-like bath features colorful Ann Sacks custom glass tiled walls and elegant limestone tile floors. Distinctive Leucos Micetta sconces illuminate a beautiful vanity with a limestone slab countertop, and an oversized free standing Clearwater Nouveau tub is perfect for relaxing, full-body soaks. A generous linen closet provides ample space for towels, bath sheets, and bath products.
On the second level, a mezzanine balcony with Post Modern finishes overlooks the floor below, and a glass-paned door opens onto a rooftop garden with an exterior spiral staircase leading down to the two lower decks.
Flanked by built-in shelves, glass French doors open from the balcony to reveal the luxurious owner’s suite with hardwood floors, vaulted ceiling, and a cedar-lined walk-in closet with Elfa shelving. Glass doors open onto the porcelain-tiled front balcony shaded by redwood trees - an ideal spot for an evening cappuccino before bedtime.
The adjoining opulent split bath features a limestone and marble basketweave floor and a large walk-in shower with limestone tile walls, dual shower heads, and frameless glass door. A custom walnut vanity with marble honed slab countertop and vessel sink provides storage.
Downstairs, a separate living space - potentially a guest/au pair suite - is currently configured as a media room, with guest bedroom, laundry room, and full bath. A glass door opens onto an expansive railed deck running the width of the home, the perfect spot for an afternoon barbecue with friends or family.
Additional Highlights: Hardwood floors in living areas Italian porcelain and stone tile floors in bathrooms Central vacuum AiPhone Intercom system Built-in Bose speakers Elevator Pre-wired for Surround Sound Hardwired cable internet network Laundry room with Elfa Laundry center Toto Carlyle SanaGloss toilets with G-Max commercial grade flushing Ademco/Honeywell monitored security system with voice response controls Tankless water heater French drain Exterior spiral staircase connecting all 3 levels New redwood deck Mature landscaping with timer-controlled drip irrigation system Custom tool shed Copper Standing-Seam Gable Roof Oversized copper downspouts and Copper parapet caps 3-Zone HVAC System w/ultraviolet light Honeywell electronic air cleaner