When the present owners bought this home in 2015, the home remained much as it was when it was built in 1969. Educated as an architect, the buyer began a transformation that has taken what was a very modest house and made it into a 1960s showcase featuring a contemporary, open concept design with meticulous attention to detail and the finest materials available. Completely remodeled from top to bottom and inside and out, this two-story home now features 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, an open living room/dining room/kitchen great room, a family room, laundry room, a versatile bonus space/sitting room and an attached 2-car garage.
The exterior was once constructed with wood siding and subject to decay from the elements over time. Now, corrugated galvanized steel and fiber-cement James Hardie siding have replaced the wood to create a sustainable, environmentally friendly and low maintenance exterior that's as beautiful as it is durable. A sophisticated slatted redwood and glass garage door is mirrored by a modern gated fence that sits above a drought-resistant garden filled with feather grasses, lavender and tall, purple sage.
Inside, a dramatic entrance hall provides a transition into the sophisticated open great room that's undoubtedly the heart of this stunning home. Characterized by abundant natural light from skylights, walls of windows and sliding doors, a soaring cathedral ceiling made with Douglas fir planks supported by dark wood beams, and beautiful, one-of-a-kind finishes, this stunning and tranquil space provides visual delights at every turn. Great room features include a gas fireplace enhanced with a wall feature surround made with artisanal Casa Mutina Italian tiles, a free-standing cone fireplace and spectacular Moooi pendant lamp in the family room (which can also be used as a dining room), and 3/4-inch Brazilian chestnut hardwood flooring throughout the home. Sliding doors and picture windows extend the entire length of the great room/family room, opening to an expansive redwood deck that's perfect for indoor/outdoor entertaining, container or planter gardening, or simply relaxing in a peaceful wooded environment.
The warm, inviting kitchen offers a sleek, modern design with a vaulted ceiling, skylights, custom white cabinets, decorative Heath Ceramics tiles, Corian Designer White on the counters and the waterfall center island, and Dacor, Bosch and Fisher Paykel appliances. Bright, natural light floods the room from a wall of windows/sliding doors that also serve to bring the outdoors inside while offering views of the fabulous tiered front garden.
The primary bedroom suite is located on the main level to the left of the entrance hall, next to a beautifully decorated half bathroom. This spacious, very private space includes a divided full bathroom and a large walk-in closet with built-in organizers. The bedroom features a hardwood floor and motorized window shades, while the luxurious bathroom includes a dual sink hanging vanity, a stand-alone soaking tub, and an oversized walk-in shower with a surround made with handcrafted Fireclay tiles. Two additional bedrooms and bathrooms are located on a lower level, accessed from the great room down a staircase accented with stylish horizontal cable rails. One of the well-sized bedrooms is situated next to an attractive hallway bathroom at the end of the hall to the right, while a second bedroom, to the left, has an ensuite bathroom. An open bonus space between the bedrooms is well situated for a second family room, homework stations or a home office for remote working. A thoughtfully designed laundry room completes this lower level.
8317 Skyline Blvd is a contemporary home lover's dream come true. Situated in a tranquil Oakland hills location near hundreds of acres of regional park trails and open space, the location is just minutes to Montclair Village amenities, College Avenue and freeways. Beautifully designed and artistically built, this home is exceptional in every way.