Imagine a spacious, contemporary home in Montclair's desirable Glen Highlands neighborhood. Add, to this vision, a flexible floor plan with large, sunlit rooms, an innovative, award-winning backyard retreat, and close proximity to Montclair Village, Lake Temescal Park and Rockridge stores and restaurants. These are just some of the many things that make this lovely home such an exceptional Oakland hills ownership opportunity.
Built in 1995, the home's wonderful curb appeal begins with a stately exterior complemented by a tiered front garden filled with mature, drought-tolerant succulents and ornamental palms. A brick stairway leads to a covered front porch and a door that opens to an interior that showcases contemporary living at its best. The light-filled main floor has a dramatic double-height ceiling that sets the backdrop for an airy floor plan that highlights a large living room open to a chef's kitchen, a formal dining room, a half bath and a spacious home office with a cathedral ceiling and generous closet. The living room features an oak floor and a raised fireplace with a marble surround, while the eat-in, chef's kitchen provides a warm, welcoming gathering spot for the entire family. A formal dining room off the kitchen is spacious enough for entertaining, yet intimate enough for casual family meals. A home office on this level offers everything needed for a comfortable remote working experience: an expansive room with bay windows, a twelve-foot cathedral ceiling and plenty of closet storage space.
A visually striking staircase winds upstairs from the main level to the home's primarily bedroom suite. This very large, private space includes a cathedral ceiling, multiple closets for more than one wardrobe, clerestory windows and new carpeting. French doors open to a raised redwood deck over the backyard, and a luxurious en-suite bathroom offers marble finishes, a soaking tub, a walk-in shower, and a double vanity. An additional generously-sized bedroom on this level has new carpeting, a cathedral ceiling and an en-suite bathroom. On the home's lower level, a third bedroom sits next to a full bathroom, ensuring privacy for guests, teens or in-laws. Also on that level, a large family room is level-in to the garage, and features new carpeting, contemporary wainscot paneling and a built-in wet bar.
A very special feature of this wonderful home is the fabulous multi-level backyard envisioned by the owners and created by renowned Sausalito landscape architects Shades of Green. The innovative design includes a fire pit, a stunning fountain, and wood seating reclaimed from an old Oakland bridge. A fence at the rear of the yard is softened by stands of blue bamboo, and is made from sustainably harvested cedar. The upper level features an outdoor play area with a climbing wall and spongy floor squares made from recycled rubber set atop compacted decomposed granite. Featured in Sunset Magazine, this one-of-a-kind backyard garden was the winner of the magazine's Small Space Dream Garden in 2009.
Less than one mile to highly ranked Thornhill Elementary School, five minutes to Montclair Village and less than ten minutes to BART and everything College Ave and Rockridge have to offer, 6132 Ruthland Road truly has it all: A spacious home with a flexible, flowing floorplan, a highly desirable Oakland location with easy access to shopping, restaurants and parks, and a beautifully unique outdoor space that is sure to please everyone! This home is exceptional in every way.