335 Magnolia Avenue
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Timelessly romantic, lovingly treasured
Set just blocks from the heart of Piedmont, this wisteria-draped 1926 Tudor combines the charm of another era with sensitive modern upgrades. Almost magically, its cozy exterior hides over 2,600 square feet of spacious rooms on three levels.
In the living room, shimmering diamond pane windows shaded by lavender wisteria blooms cast light on an Old World fireplace. Gleaming original hardwood floors sweep from here through a spacious dining room, where large glass doors open to a balcony overlooking the beautiful back garden. The airy, east-facing kitchen has its own balcony door providing easy access for summer BBQ's or al fresco dining. With its custom cabinetry, new artisan tile backsplashes and quartz counters, and high-end GE Monogram, Thermador and Miele appliances, this is a place for everything from simple meals to formal entertaining.
In the main level master suite, windows frame the leaf-dappled garden view, and an ample triple-doored closet is one of two. The luxe bath is graced with custom art tile, a frameless shower and a spacious tub. A sophisticated new powder room with mosaic tile marble floor completes this level. Upstairs are two large, airy bedrooms, one with a huge closet. Additionally, there is a bath with pedestal sink and tile shower; a linen closet; and access to an expansive, windowed attic full of possibilities.
On the lower level, a huge, inviting family room features generous windows, fir floors, a gas fireplace and custom shelving ideal for books and a home theater. Imagine game night, movie night, a dance party, or just a place to unwind and find a little solitude away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the house. Just off the family room is a bedroom with a full bathroom and separate exterior door – ideal as an office or guest suite. Also adjoining the family room you will find a vast laundry room providing a large sink, folding table, spacious cabinets with glass paneled doors, and a separate, deep closet for hanging those clean clothes. What a luxury to have so much space for laundry or crafts! A utility room/shop space just beyond features workbenches, shelving and a closet suited for wine storage.
The lovely back garden is accessed from new French doors in the family room. Its spacious stone patios are surrounded by colorful planting beds, a pink dogwood tree, and partially shaded by a majestic oak tree. What an ideal place to gather and enjoy time together, play, or take some time for yourself with a good book on a lazy afternoon.
Back on the main level, the two-car garage offers direct, level access to the house. The home is centrally located just a few blocks from Wildwood Elementary School and Piedmont Middle and High Schools, the Recreation Center, the high school track, and off-leash dog walking park. Additionally, it is close to the Lakeshore Saturday Farmer’s Market and the restaurants and shops on Grand and Lakeshore Avenues. Charming Piedmont Avenue shopping and dining, casual-carpool pickup, Mulberry’s Market, and the historic fifteen-acre Piedmont Park are also close by. You’ve come home.
Notes to the family that will make this “old” new house, as warm a home, in their own way, as we did.
We moved from San Francisco to Piedmont in early February, 1984. Initially we were interested in Piedmont primarily for its excellent public schools for our two young daughters. As I recall most of the trees were bare of leaves and our “new” old house, 335 Magnolia, was somewhat of a “fixer-upper”. The beauty and uniqueness of the Piedmont community we began to discover that spring: the multitude of trees with their annual foliage; the knowledge that our daughters could easily and safely walk to their schools, the rec center and pool; the friendliness and helpfulness of neighbors; the high quality of Piedmont’s municipal services especially fire, police and emergency professionals; and, of course, Piedmont’s proximity to everything worth doing in the Bay Area. And we loved the challenge of the fixer-upper.
We immediately embraced the small-town atmosphere, which we had been looking for since our daughters were born. We looked forward to the annual Piedmont 4th of July celebrations with the hometown parade through the middle of town followed by the picnic on the grass in Piedmont Park with live music. We walked up Magnolia with our picnic baskets, coolers, chairs, and umbrellas carried by us and the friends who joined us. We never missed this day in the sun and a chance to dance on the grass.
We celebrated so many magical days in our house on Magnolia. Our house seemed to expand to accommodate out of town relatives and the bedrooms were crowded with excited cousins and their parents for summers, Thanksgiving and Christmas; so many wonderful Christmas parties with our large extended family, who brought food and silly gifts for our white elephant gift exchange and played musical chairs. We had birthday parties, graduation parties, wedding parties, and surprise parties. It seemed to be a perfect house for entertaining and we never missed a chance to take advantage of it.
Our dynamic daughters eventually went off to start their own families leaving us with two empty upstairs bedrooms, which became perfect for our four grandsons. They started out when they were young digging up salamanders in the backyard and climbing the big oak tree and later as teenagers were excited to be able to take BART to San Francisco to explore the city. Our Magnolia house has heard a lot of laughter and experienced much joy over the years we lived there and we leave it with a strong sense of nostalgia but with bags packed full of wonderful memories.
But we also agree that it’s time for us to move on and give some younger, energetic people a chance to live and create their own memories while enjoying the benefits of its obvious livability and fantastic location.
Fred and Suzanne, March, 2020