A beautifully updated classic Spanish-style home reminiscent of the architecture of the nearby historic Orinda Country Club retains its romantic charm.
One of a handful of Spanish Revival homes built in the Country Club area in the late 1920s and 1930s, this home at 8 Santa Lucia Road is nestled on a picturesque .41-acre lot on a cul-de-sac and quietly sits under the canopies of multiple oaks and shade trees.
Even the address speaks to a rich heritage. Saint Lucia is the saint for whom the daughter of E.I. de Laveaga was named. E.I., the son of the 19th century land baron Miguel de Laveaga who built his summer homes in Orinda in 1885 and 1915, developed much of Orinda including the nearby Country Club and golf course.
This home at 8 Santa Lucia Road is one of several Spanish Revival homes built near the Orinda Country Club in the 1920s and 1930s.
Today, walking down its front steps, past a strawberry tree, and through the lych gate entry to the courtyard, you immediately recognize that you are entering a peaceful sanctuary richly layered with classic features yet poised for the next generation.
Imagine strings of soft lights illuminating the expansive courtyard and new adjacent deck and a warm summer evening gathering of family and friends. You’ll have to remind yourself you’re still in the East Bay and not in the Carmel Valley or, better yet, some storybook villa tucked in a Mediterranean countryside.
The updated home’s living room features a beautiful fireplace and a dramatic exposed beam ceiling.
The home features more than 3,900 square feet of living space and includes five bedrooms and four bathrooms and a detached two-car garage with a second-story studio that also has a full updated bathroom, and French door to a Juliet balcony. An arbor wrapped in wisteria creates the breezeway between the main house and garage.
Original random-plank quarter-sawn hardwood floors with wooden pegs flow throughout most of the home as do plaster walls and truly divided windows. Most bedrooms have new plush carpeting. Original steps feature scalloped edges and evidence of the detailed and masterful craftsmanship.
A large living room is filled with natural light from windows facing the front gardens and fountain and French doors that can be swung open to capture a gentle breeze from the courtyard. A fireplace with a brick surround anchors the living room that also has a gorgeous whitewashed exposed beam ceiling.
Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle