320 El Cerrito Exterior
320 El Cerrito Interior
About This Home
Set among other stately homes on a leafy street, this gracious home mixes natural light, lavish gardens, and richly textured details in one of Piedmont's great estates. Now, for the first time in decades, it is available.
A shady, romantic drive lined with stately redwoods fades deep into the property. In the deep front porch, a huge door of intricate ironwork and glass opens to a formal entry leading into two magnificent spaces. In the living room, light from an array of tall leaded-glass windows illuminates an exquisite coffered ceiling and limestone fireplace. Nearby, the dining room shows off a gold-leafed and delicately hand-painted ceiling, wall coverings, and a marble fireplace. Just beyond is a spectacular solarium with tiled fountain and wall insets, stenciled ceiling, leaded glass skylights, checkerboard stone tile flooring, and French doors to the expansive gardens. The vast kitchen with butler's pantry, huge island and adjoining family room also opens to the rear patio and gardens beyond. Back across the entry, leaded glass windows in the firelit library overlook the front gardens.
On the second floor, the paneled master suite features two walk-in closets, a fireplace with marble surround, and a private sitting room overlooking the gardens. This level also features four additional bedrooms and three more bathrooms, plus a spacious laundry and a bright study/office with a garden-view deck.
The third floor provides a huge family room with pitched ceiling, along with a kitchenette, two more bedrooms, and two baths. The approx. 1700 sq ft basement holds many more rooms and storage galore.
The home is enhanced inside and out by magnificent gardens front and rear. The tiered back garden rises from brick patios past a waterlily-covered koi pond to a sweeping green field big enough for soccer, badminton, corn-toss—whatever your imagination allows. While roses clearly take center stage in these gardens, they’re accompanied by everything from spiky birds of paradise and soft wisteria vines to a huge, highly productive vegetable garden. Three more structures share the grounds: a charming carriage house with a 1 bedroom apartment above and two-car garage below, a garden guest house with kitchenette and full bath, and a children’s playhouse and playground.
Set in the center of Piedmont, the home is just a few short blocks from the elementary, middle and high schools, the local market, express bus to San Francisco, the casual carpool and the central park. It’s also close to the shops, restaurants, and boutiques of Grand, Lakeshore and Piedmont Avenues. This is an incomparable jewel – and a timeless home to treasure.
- Built in 1911
- Approx. 8019 sq ft of living space in the home (measured)
- 7 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms (5 bedrooms/4 baths on the second floor & 2 bedrooms/2 baths on the third floor)
- Carriage house with 2 car garage and 1 bedroom apartment (additional 636 sq ft)
- Garden studio cottage with kitchen and bath
- - 43,388 sq ft parcel (per county records)
About the City of Piedmont
The independent city of Piedmont is one of the East Bay’s most sought-after communities. The town, measuring just two square miles, offers a wide variety of homes, from bungalows to mansions, wonderful parks, verdant neighborhoods, and marvelous views of the Bay and San Francisco beyond. It is often called the “queen of the hills.”
San Francisco magazine once declared the town the “best place for kids,” and it’s easy to see why, as its school district offers excellent, nationally ranked public schools (Piedmont High School is one of the top high schools in the nation according to US News and World Report). Locally controlled emergency services and police are based in the center of a town measuring only one mile by two, so sub-five-minute response times on the part of police, fire, and medical personnel are commonplace.
Piedmont is both a neighborhood of San Francisco and of the greater East Bay, with 20-minute express bus and casual carpool convenience to downtown San Francisco and easy commuting into Oakland and Berkeley. It is a small independent municipality with excellent local control of its affairs; it combines the charm of a small town with the amenities of one of the country’s most sophisticated regions. It is most of all a community of deep traditions, including a classic Fourth of July parade and closed-street block parties, summer movies-in-the-park, an arts center, community pool, tennis and basketball courts and playfield, and kids’ sports organizations of all types. Mulberry’s Market is a central fixture in town, and the thriving Piedmont Center for the Arts features everything from classical music to rock, plays, and arts exhibits of every kind. Public-private partnerships, such as the Piedmont Beautification Foundation, have a long history of supporting the town and its beauty. Several parents’ organizations uphold the schools.
The adjacent Oakland districts of Montclair Village, Grand Avenue, Lakeshore Avenue, Piedmont Avenue, and Glenview provide everything from classic movie theaters to award-winning restaurants, singular boutiques, independent bookstores, and wonderful farmers’ markets on weekends. The town is well served by public transportation, access to local freeways is easy, and a pair of well-established “casual carpool” centers serve San Francisco commuters in fine fashion.
Centrally located in an ideal climate zone, Piedmont is convenient to the greater Bay Area, the Wine Country, and the Sierras.
Driving distances and average times from Piedmont to:
- UC Berkeley: four miles (15 minutes)
- San Francisco, Financial District: 10 miles (20 minutes)
- Silicon Valley (Cupertino): 50 miles (1 hour)
- Stanford University: 38 miles (50 minutes)
- San Jose: 45 miles (50 minutes)
- The Napa Valley (St. Helena): (1 hour, 15 minutes)
- UC Davis: 65 miles (1 hour, five minutes)
- Sacramento: 80 miles (1 hour, 30 minutes)
- Squaw Valley: 190 miles (3 hours)
- Lake Tahoe, North Shore (Tahoe City): 195 miles (3 hours, 15 minutes)
- Incline Village, NV (North Lake Tahoe): 200 miles (3 hours, 15 minutes)
- Heavenly Valley (South Lake Tahoe): 184 miles (3 hours, 10 minutes)