Hit a home run every time at bat when you make this breathtaking Vintage Hills four-bedroom contemporary the headquarters for your favorite team. You’ll be on top of the world, literally and figuratively, between the spectacular hillside vistas, rivaling the views even from AT&T Park, and the prime location in one of Pleasanton’s most desirable neighborhoods. From the myriads of contemporary updates on display throughout its spacious 2,536 square feet of living area to its completely private and recently redesigned backyard which is a wanderer’s wonderland, this home is a constant joy. Whether you’re seeking the welcoming conviviality of a family room with a wet bar and fireplace or the elegance of soaring vaulted ceilings and a grand dining room, you won’t be disappointed. Unless you choose to root for the Cubs. And that isn’t our fault.
This exceptional neighborhood is known for its hushed serenity as well as its proximity to schools, parks, and every modern convenience. During spring training, trees blossom and manicured Vintage Hills Park, mere steps away, resonates with the happy sounds of kids playing catch. Pleasanton’s acclaimed public schools, including Vintage Hills Elementary, are within walking distance, and the boutiques and cafes of historic downtown Pleasanton make perfect destinations for a languid afternoon stroll. Meanwhile, the rolling hills of Tri-Valley Wine Country stretch out for miles around; bask in the undulating landscape with the backdrop of Pleasanton Ridge from atop your very own backyard viewing deck or bike to nearby vineyards, sipping and picnicking as you go.
Often, it seems that the first pitch sets the tone for the ballgame. Similarly, this splendid home makes an immediate impact with its curbside profile, all handsome peaked rooftops and wood-framed bay windows. Venture just a bit further and you’ll find yourself in an airy entryway worthy of the fanfare. The light oak front door with its beveled glass insert and feathered glass sidelight creates an atmosphere of understated elegance that echoes throughout the home, accentuated by the designer two-tone interior paint, 4-inch wide baseboards, and raised panel doors found in each room. A huge skylight in the vaulted wood-beamed ceiling bathes the entryway in warmth and glossy engineered walnut hardwood floors, found in all the formal living areas and kitchen, pave the way into the breathtaking living room.
Arguably, the most valuable player in this home’s starting lineup is its spectacular setting, providing incomparable views of pristine land, Pleasanton Ridge and the cloudless sky. The living room provides a picture window panorama of this peerless locale, a nook with bay windows and peaked second story windows providing not only views of the open space, but also the coziest imaginable sanctuary for curling up with a favorite book or a purring housecat. On cooler nights, turn your gaze to the flicker of firelight from the sleek black marble fireplace with matching hearth, the traditional white wooden mantel providing an ideal place to display family treasures or perhaps a collection of autographed baseballs. Sharing the same vaulted ceilings, the formal dining room flows seamlessly from the living room, its own set of bay windows looking to the side yard with blooming trees and a stone paved patio, perfect for al fresco meals. Indoor dining calls for grand style; a delicate chandelier and lovely vertical blinds provide additional touches of class for gatherings up to ten guests. Casual meals can be served in the adjacent sunny kitchen nook, where windows and sliding doors to the backyard surround a cheery alcove with cherry crown molding and custom overhead lighting.
But man cannot survive by eating hotdogs and Cracker Jacks alone (in spite of what your fourth grader believes), so the gleaming granite surfaces and perfect design of the gourmet kitchen should inspire the home chef. Top brand stainless steel appliances, including a KitchenAid bottom-freezer fridge, smooth top range and oven, dishwasher and built-in GE Profile microwave, ensure that kitchen tasks are accomplished effortlessly. Everything, from the slab granite countertops to the tile backsplash with decorator insert to the huge banks of Cherrywood cabinets, including a full pantry, maximizes beauty and efficiency simultaneously, resulting in a masterpiece of a kitchen. Recessed can lighting, natural rays from the backyard-facing picture window behind the double stainless steel sink, and a subtle overhead fixture all provide task lighting just as effective, yet far gentler, than stadium lights at night.
An auspicious design for the chef who wants to keep tabs on the score of the game, the kitchen opens directly into the versatile family room. With an additional set of sliding doors accessing the backyard, indoor-outdoor living has never been easier. Whether you’re sipping a cold one in the summer sun or a genteel cocktail by the light of the brick corner fireplace, refills are close at hand with the fully stocked wet bar situated in its own nook with bi-level cherry cabinets, a wine refrigerator and granite counters with bar sink. Brand new plush carpeting ensures that the room is warm and family-friendly and built-in surround sound amplifies the roar of the crowd until you feel you’re at the ballpark.
For ultimate convenience, the ground level also boasts a charming half bath and laundry room, so that you can wash up and throw in a load of dirty clothes before you can sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” all the way through. A rosy slab granite countertop, wood vanity and premium bronze fixtures give the bathroom a homey ambience, while the laundry room gets the job done in style with tile pavers, mounted cabinets, and attractive bi-fold raised panel doors. An adjacent doorway provides interior access to the three-car garage, facilitating messy cleanups and grocery deliveries.
If the seventh inning stretch makes you sleepy, you’re in luck. The upstairs level of this home guarantees a good night’s sleep with four serene carpeted bedrooms, each featuring picture windows that’ll tempt you to turn off the TV, and two well-equipped baths, all off a central corridor lined with paneled linen and storage closets. The stairway sets the mood, its cushioned steps, white wooden spindles, and glossy walnut railings a perfect introduction to the upper landing, which provides a bird’s-eye view of guests in the dining room below. From there, the drama of the master suite unfolds, seducing inhabitants with an incomparable outlook on the sloping verdant hillside of the backyard, the sky above stretching on towards infinity. The reflection of this scene in the double mirrored doors of the room-like walk-in closet and the soaring profile of the vaulted ceiling with its ceiling fan further accentuate the pervasive sense of spaciousness and air. The connecting master bath has the freshness of a white lily, the oversized oval tub in a three-piece shower enclosure calling for candlelit bubble baths and the wide double vanity with its elegant marble countertop and twin framed mirrors eliminating discussions about who gets to brush first. Sparkling chrome fixtures, flattering lighting and 12-inch custom tile floors complete the spa-like atmosphere.
The rest of the lineup will also enjoy their classy accommodations, each windowed guest bedroom sporting plush carpeting, a ceiling fan, and vaulted ceilings. The bedrooms differ mostly in their vantage points: two forward-facing bedrooms survey the open space across the street, and one boasts a panorama of Pleasanton Ridge. All have large closets, including walk-in and triple door designs, so whether you’re planning on using these extra rooms for children, guests, a home office, or even a gym or meditation room, there’s plenty of storage for all of your team jerseys. Furthermore, these bedrooms all have convenient access to the hallway bathroom with its posh gold-framed tiled shower-tub combination with custom inlays and adjacent tiled bench. Abundant mirrors coupled with high-end lighting and plumbing fixtures ensure that you get your game face on with ease.
Life, like baseball, is a game played largely outdoors. Under Pleasanton’s typically blue skies, it’s crucial to have enough space to relax in the sun, serve meals under the stars, and generally spend days lost in reverie. But only in the best of homes can you do all of this and hike up your own hillside trail through a shaded arbor to a deck from which you can see rolling land stretching for miles. This completely redesigned and landscaped backyard fulfills these promises and more, delivering cloud nine privacy along with a carefully considered layout which facilitates entertaining and play. The path winding its way up the hill makes the climb easier with railroad tie stairs with rope railings. The destination, a wooden deck with built-in bench, may possibly win the award for being the best place on earth to sip morning coffee. Period. And the broad patio and stone paved side yard area vie for attention as perfect platforms for an outdoor dining set or play area. So, if you aspire to own something priceless, a truly one-of-a-kind treasure, forget your hopes of scoring a World Series ring on eBay, and turn your focus instead to this certain winner of a home. Can you hear the crowd roaring? They’re cheering for you, chanting “Call Jim Lavey at (925) 846-3755!” He’s the one who can arrange a private showing at your convenience, even if he can’t help the Mets with their unfulfilled dreams… this time around.