Set at the foot of Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, surrounded by acres of native trees and rolling hills, this custom designed Contemporary home fits elegantly into the Oakland hillside, built to capture the breathtaking views. Blending a modern aesthetic with attention-to-detail craftsmanship, the just-completed 45 Diablo Drive is a family residence with grand living spaces that embrace the outdoors, truly exemplifying the California lifestyle.

The twelve-foot tempered glass front door hints at the luxe minimalism beyond. This expansive four bedroom, three and one-half bath home offers inviting decks and terraces, spread across multiple levels…accessed, if one prefers, with the assistance of an elevator. (Because what is more luxe than that?) On the main floor, the entry area introduces the spacious home, and an accessible yet discreet half bath is conveniently located just off the foyer. A sophisticated home office is secluded from distractions and yet easily accesses the main living spaces — working from home has never looked so good, and the multipurpose room will work for you — guest suite, play room, yoga retreat. The panoramic views are front-and-center in the stunning open living space: great room, dining room and kitchen flow into the expansive space while still carving out distinct areas that serve specific purposes. Bountiful light shines through windows and the magnificent retractable glass doors that open to the slate deck, and the contemporary Echelon gas fireplace offers additional brilliance, illuminated with LED lights and customizable heat distribution. The dreamy chef’s kitchen filled with Thermador appliances, marble countertops and Eleganza tile backsplash is beautiful and functional, crafting a welcoming, warm environment without too much fuss or formality. Counter seating provides an area to chat with the cook, and the open space invites family and friends to mingle.

Downstairs two airy, ample bedrooms promote a sense of tranquility and offer a contemporary oasis — the generous closets add always-welcome practical storage solutions. Natural materials make an impact in the shared bathroom, which feels enormous with soaring ceilings, a double sink vanity and open slate shower. A walk-in wine cellar maximizes storage with function and flare, and the laundry room proves even the most practical space can be stylish. Just four steps down, but seemingly a world away, the showstopper master suite is brimming with light, where a serene neutral palette allows the sprawling views to take center stage. French doors open to a private deck, adding still more ‘ahhh’ moments to the minimalist yet luxe-loving space, allowing breezes to flow in while privacy is maintained. The soothing, spa-inspired bath, with a long double-sink vanity and decadent oversized couples shower also boasts a standalone tub, which sits adjacent to a terrace providing the ideal place to relax and soak in the surrounding elements of nature. Walk-in closets never fail to provide a bit of luxury, and this generous closet does not disappoint, adding another layer of must-have spaces to this home.

Celebrating the art of modern home design, 45 Diablo sits on top of the world — the exceptional views, the aesthetic of high-quality craftsmanship — the look is all laid-back nature and fresh sophistication, creating an impeccable backdrop to the lucky buyer’s personal style. Nestled in Forestland, a Montclair neighborhood high in the hills, surrounded by acres of woods and trails — everything from hiking and biking to the Montclair Swim Club is within arms reach. The panoramic views and serenity of the area provide an ideal place to relax, while still enjoying the easy Bay Area access - a few minutes away - from the 13, 24 and 580 highways, and Orinda or Rockridge BART, as well as Montclair Village’s charming shops and restaurants.

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Tucked away in the wooded hills and winding streets above Oakland, Montclair is a small community with an appealing central shopping district. Sizable custom homes, along with a mix of Mediterranean, Craftsman, and contemporary-style homes are situated on forested lots, offering an elegant retreat from the city. The Montclair Business District is a throwback to a simpler time before strip malls, megamalls, and big-box stores. Residents can find everything they need, from dry cleaning and groceries to restaurants. Local restaurant favorites include the Montclair Egg Shop, Flipper’s Gourmet Burgers, and Crogan’s Montclair Restaurant. Gourmet specialty items are available at Le Bonbon, and Farmstead Wine and Cheese. A farmers market on Sundays provides fresh local produce and baked goods. Montclair is home to fine-arts festivals throughout the year and a jazz festival in the late summer that enlivens the street scene.


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