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19 Sotelo Ave

Piedmont, CA 94611

$2,395,000

  • Detached
  • Pending
  • 3 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 3,457 SqFt
  • MLS# 40780188

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The charming house at 19 Sotelo Avenue reminds one of a Japanese Tea House set in an exquisite Japanese garden. The wood gate opens to the serenity of a meticulously maintained garden. The traditional Japanese landscaping includes Bonsai Japanese maple trees, azaleas and Mondo grass. Smooth flat stepping stones form a path to the entry and far side of the house. Round stones represent a meandering stream, while large volcanic rocks punctuate the garden. 

The elegant front door is trimmed in a lattice-like manner with richly carved panels and striking hardware, original to the house. Two small statues of Daikokuten, one of the Seven Lucky Japanese Gods, sit in the front and rear small gables in the roof and represent good luck and prosperity. The fencing, lattice work, bamboo trim and large round porch posts continue the Japanese design on the exterior.   

As you enter, the serenity of the front garden continues throughout the house. The gracious living room with grass cloth walls has a dramatic floor-to-ceiling lava rock gas fireplace which adds texture and interest to the room. The Japanese décor is carried out with Shoji screens that open to lovely views of mature trees, glimpses of the bay and to the rear garden with its swimming pool. More Shoji screens slide to separate the living room from a den/office space with wet bar.   

In the dining room, large windows and with Shoji screen provide views to rear deck, pool and gardens, while an elaborately carved wooden panel screens the entry hall. The adjacent kitchen is efficient with built-in appliances and an island with two cook tops – one a grill.

The spacious family room offers a comfortable space to relax or work. The gas fireplace has copper trim, and the room is lined with book shelves, cabinets and a built-in desk.  The casual dining area overlooks the rear garden and trees with a view to the west. Sliding glass doors open to the large deck overlooking the swimming pool. Built-in benches on two sides of the deck offer additional seating, and a retractable awning increases shade on the sunny deck.   

A graceful curved stairway with a bold newel post leads to the master bedroom suite and two additional bedrooms and bath.  The master bedroom has its own balcony and overlooks the rear garden with glimpses of San Francisco Bay.  The room is large with space for lounging, two closets, a built-in dressing table and an adjacent roomy walk-in closet. The master bathroom has double sinks, a bath tub and a separate shower. Shoji screens cleverly conceal the toilet. 

The two upstairs bedrooms overlook the street. The second bedroom has a built-in bookcase and large closet with shelving. The third bedroom has a built in dresser and separate closet. The landing has two linen closets for more storage.

The rear garden continues the Japanese design. Smooth flat stones surround the free-form pool, and large round wood posts form retaining walls in the garden. A convenient changing room with toilet and shower is just steps away under the house. The lowest level of this sunny garden contains a raised bed, perfect for growing vegetables and herbs.  Fruit bearing fig, apple and plum trees grow along the Japanese style fence on the property line. 

The house has security cameras, a powder room off the entry, a laundry room off the kitchen and interior access from the garage.   

19 Sotelo Avenue was built in 1972 for an Oakland real estate developer and was designed by Robert Klemmedson, a well-known local mid-century architect. He had a successful career building custom homes throughout the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Many of his homes are in Oakland and Orinda.  

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Piedmont

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Alameda

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Incorporated in 1907, the City of Piedmont is completely surrounded by the City of Oakland. With its own mayor, city council, fire department, police department and school district, Piedmont has maintained its separate identity for more than a century. Originally a weekend destination for visitors to Piedmont Springs, Piedmont, pa

At a Glance

Incorporated in 1907, the City of Piedmont is completely surrounded by the City of Oakland. But thanks in no small part to the fact that the city boasts its own mayor, city council, fire department, police department, and school district, Piedmont has maintained its unique identity for more than a century.

Originally a weekend destination for visitors to Piedmont Springs (which was part of the Rancho San Antonio Tract), Piedmont soon became a haven for artists and bohemians.

Today, the city is home to over 11,000 residents who are drawn to its tree-lined streets, top-rated schools, small-town atmosphere, and close proximity to downtown San Francisco.

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Award-winning schools

Living Here

The city of Piedmont is zoned nearly 100 percent residential, and commercial activity is limited to two small zones on Highland and Grand Avenues.
However, with Oakland’s charming Piedmont Avenue and Montclair shopping districts situated on either side, many can walk to restaurants and a variety of specialty shops and grocery stores.

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Jack London once called this area home and wrote The Call of the Wild in the house he built here.  

Why Piedmont?

In recent years, by far the greatest draw for new residents to Piedmont has been its excellent school district. Consisting of three elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, and an alternative high school, the district currently ranks tenth out of California’s 756 school districts.

art of the Rancho San Antonio Tract, soon became a haven for artists and bohemians, including Jack London, who wrote The Call of the Wild in the house he built there.  Today, drawn to the city by its tree-lined streets, top-rated public schools and small-town atmosphere, Piedmont’s 11,000 residents still particularly value its close proximity to downtown San Francisco.

 

In less than two square miles Piedmont offers a wide variety of neighborhoods. Craftsman bungalows interspersed with the occasional Victorian line many of the older streets, while Tudor, Mediterranean and French-inspired estates grace large lots near the center of town. Mid-Century and contemporary homes dot the hills facing stunning, expansive views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate. Aptly named after the Piedmont region of Italy, this California namesake enjoys a moderate, sunny climate, with daily high temperatures ranging from 58 to 74 degrees throughout the year.

In recent years by far the greatest draw for new residents to town has been Piedmont’s excellent school district. Consisting of three elementary schools, a middle school, a high school and an alternative high school, the district currently ranks 10th out of California’s 756 school districts.

The city is zoned nearly 100% residential, with commercial activity limited to two small zones on Highland and Grand Avenues, but with Oakland’s charming Piedmont Avenue and Montclair shopping districts on either side many Piedmonters can walk to restaurants and a variety of specialty shops and grocery stores. For those who drive parking can easily be found.

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