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Open House: Modern Swiss Family Robinson Oakland Hills Tree-House

July 26, 2013

 

Where: 3235 Brunell Drive in Oakland (listing | virtual tour )
When: Saturday, July 27th, from 2:00-4:00 pm & Sunday, July 28th, from 2:00-4:00pm.
Listed at: $1,249,000
Have you ever walked in a home that just has that magic? Where it instantly ignites an almost childlike excitement in you? This hillside estate will do it to you every time. Childhood whimsy and executive amenities find a harmony in the architectural gem at 3235 Brunell Drive that is sure to win you over. It also boasts some of the widest, most gorgeous views in the Oakland Hills (featuring 5 bridges!). 
Built in 1976 by Stanford-educated engineer (who worked on BART), the use of wood poles and timbers, large expanses of glass, and creative sliding doors create this modern-day, luxury tree-house in the Oakland Hills. At 4,588+/- square feet, this multi-level, 5bd/4ba architectural masterpiece with seamless indoor/outdoor flow takes full advantage of its surroundings with extensive decking, pathways, bridges, and terraces with lush landscaping. The gated, double-lot is tucked away among eucalyptus and oak trees, yet is minutes from Montclair Village, making this home truly an urban retreat.
Standout features include a large gourmet kitchen with cook’s island, a large wine cellar, antique wood-burning stove, dry sauna, hot tub, solarium, a waterfall-fed outdoor pool and tiled patio. With enormous redwood decks (nearly 6,000 square feet!) – this home is perfect for entertaining, dining outside, or taking a late night dip while taking in the lights of the Bay.
Perhaps most charming are the more unique details that are scattered about this adult (and child) tree-house. A Superman phone booth, private elevator, rooftop widow’s walk, Japanese soaking tub, climbing ladders throughout, laundry chutes, a built-in slide to play structure on the hillside, bridges, walkways, outdoor fireplace and lush gardens are just a few of the delightful touches that make this home truly like no other. Take the time to check out 3235 Brunell Drive – your inner child will thank you.
The home is listed by David Gunderman and Andrew Raskopf of Alain Pinel Realtors Oakland Hills – Montclair Village Office