The story of 120 Dracena Avenue
Four floors of lavish living space in Central Piedmont combine period allure, renovated polish, and a scenic Dracena-Park outlook. Comprehensively remodeled, this shingled Craftsman circa 1910 pairs extraordinary refurbishments with reverence for its roots in an ideal commingling of preservation and renovation. Architecturally embellished main-floor spaces extend to a stone terrace with privacy-granting gardenscape; they include formal living, dining, dine-in epicurean kitchen, and radiant sunroom that doubles as home office. On the second-floor, four bedrooms include the master suite, while a fifth en-suite bedroom occupies the lower level with a well-equipped, spacious-yet-snug media room. Under a skylighted vaulted ceiling, the enchanting fourth-floor retreat offers long-range views while it indulges the desire to recreate in a large play space and create in a dedicated craft room.
The picturesque park-side setting highlights eye-catching architecture along one side of Dracena and overlooks the park’s treed exuberance. An idyllic neighbor and eight-acre destination, it features playground and climbing wall, outstretched lawn and dog path. Walkable, Piedmont’s town center includes the vibrant Recreation Center, gourmet market-coffee shop, and Piedmont’s acclaimed K-12 schools. Also within walkability, Piedmont Avenue abounds with cafes, shops, and entertainment. Nearby, commuter carpool, Transbay bus, and highway access offer convenient commute options.
High-Style Craftsman hallmarks distinguish the home’s façade and set a cultivated-yet-comfortable tone. A wisteria-laced pergola canopies the approach to the entry porch furnished with a bench swing. Enter to a foyer that gleams with hardwood floors and tall coved ceilings, giving way to wide openings connecting grand-scaled spaces. A framework awash with artistry integrates of-the-moment components, such as lighting and sound systems, gas-equipped fireplace, and professional-caliber kitchen appliances. They integrate within the elongated island and surrounding it amid natural-stone counters and copious cabinetry including two pantries. A sociable, sun-bathed space, the kitchen offers island seating and, like the dining room, opens via glass doors to a lounge-worthy terrace and luxuriant garden, with hot tub tucked among leafy surroundings.
The master suite, exalted with a timeless-tenor marble-clad bathroom and park vistas, extends to an especially spacious walk-in closet. Serving three bedrooms, the hall bathroom is augmented by an additional half bathroom, and a powder room occupies the main floor. The lower-level, with separate entry and kitchenette, offers myriad advantages as an au pair or in-law unit.
Home, property, and neighboring park altogether embody a place to enjoy life amid time-honored splendor, contemporary amenities, and uplifting outdoor spaces.