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308 St. James Drive is a stunning 6BD/5.5BA Piedmont home that has been meticulously renovated throughout to fuse drama and luxury with a modern sensibility. With a beautiful heated pool and landscaped yard, four en-suite bedrooms on one level, an open concept living/dining area, an expansive lower-level family room, and a large walk-in wine cellar, this 5,357 square foot home is both gracious and contemporary.

As you approach 308 St. James, its architecture will immediately impress, from the terraced gardens and waterfall cascading to the street from a lush front yard to the mahogany front door that announces the stateliness that awaits within. Upon passing through the home’s spacious entryway, you are drawn toward the sleek and expansive open concept kitchen/dining area; through a massive window wall and French doors you can take in a 270-degree view of the show-stopping rear garden, including its pool with waterfall and in-ground spa (shaded by an massive palm), dining area, and deck with ample seating. The entire garden of 308 St. James is graced by multiple towering redwoods.

Exploration of the home’s modern eat-in kitchen reveals Caesarstone countertops, custom cabinetry with walnut trim, and sparkling Miele appliances, including an extra-large 6-burner induction range and a combination wall-oven and microwave, as well as a Sub-Zero refrigerator. Gleaming hardwood floors provide continuity with the dining area, which is lit by a floor-to-ceiling bay window and accented by a built-in sideboard and a custom lighting fixture inspired by the aesthetic of Frank Lloyd Wright.

On the entry level of this exquisite home, you will also find a dramatic formal living wing flanked by windows on three sides and featuring a fireplace fueled by bioethanol and level-out access to a brick patio side yard. Also on this level: two bedrooms (one with built-in cabinetry, plantation shutters, and patio access), a shared hallway bath with a Caesarstone vanity, a step-in shower lined with custom tile, and a Carrara marble floor, and a pantry/laundry room with built-in cabinets, a utility sink and additional Sub-Zero refrigerator.

Ascend the grand staircase of 308 St. James and one of the home’s most desirable features reveals itself: its four en-suite bedrooms, including an owner’s suite with a sumptuous bath with a free-standing tub as well as a step-in shower, a remarkable walk-in closet/dressing room with a distinctive free-standing dresser, and a private balcony. The second en-suite bedroom on this level features a bay window, balcony access, and a bath with a shower over tub, while the third has a peek-a-boo view of the Bay, two walk-in closets (one of which is cedar-lined), and a bath with step-in shower. The fourth en-suite bedroom features built-in cabinetry and a bath with step-in shower. At 308 St. James, continuity among its luxurious updated baths is maintained by common elements: Caesarstone vanities, custom-glazed glass tile, and Carrara marble floors. Shining hardwood floors throughout the home also create continuity.

Explore the lower level of this incredible home and still more beautifully conceived living space unfolds: a common area ideal for a family or media room features an additional ethanol-burning fireplace, built-in cabinetry, a wet bar with Sub-Zero wine refrigerator, and its own mahogany entrance door that leads to the front garden. On this level, visitors will also find a powder room and a massive wine cellar/tasting room with a stone floor and its own cooling system.

This home also includes an external two-car garage with built-in storage.

Grand yet utterly contemporary, 308 St. James is both a masterwork in renovation and a dazzling Piedmont jewel.

Highlights at a Glance:

  • Stunning 6BD/5.5BA fully renovated Piedmont home
  • 5,357 square feet
  • Dramatic open concept kitchen/dining area with rear garden access and view
  • Beautifully landscaped yard with heated pool, in-ground spa, deck, and patio
  • Sleek expansive kitchen with Miele appliances and Sub-Zero refrigerator
  • Pantry/laundry room with additional Sub-Zero refrigerator
  • Two lower level bedrooms sharing a hallway bath
  • Formal living room with patio access and ethanol-burning fireplace
  • Four en-suite bedrooms on the upper level
  • Continuity among baths with luxury details including Caesarstone vanities, Carrara marble floors, and custom-glazed glass tile
  • Owner’s suite with luxurious bath, expansive walk-in closet/dressing room, and private patio
  • Expansive lower level with family/media room with fireplace
  • Gleaming hardwood floors throughout
  • Temperature-controlled wine cellar/tasting room
  • Expansive storage area
  • Two-car garage with external access and built-in storage
  • Built in 1948

Neighborhood


Piedmont

Piedmont, a two-square-mile city within the borders of Oakland, was incorporated in 1907 and was known then as “The City of Millionaires” because there were more millionaires per square mile residing there than in any other U.S. city. Today, their large, estate-like homes are still standing in the heart of Piedmont, reminding residents of its glitzy past. Homes in Piedmont range from those estate-like homes in central Piedmont with expansive grounds to more modest homes on the edges of town. Well-manicured landscapes prevail and the city’s stringent permitting guidelines ensure all of the homes maintain their original flavor.
The commercial area of town is small, featuring several banks and one gas station. Mulberry’s Market, a specialty food store with ready-made meals, caters to gourmet taste buds and is the frequent morning coffee stop for parents and after-school hot spot for kids. Piedmont’s proximity to Oakland’s many big-city amenities ensures Piedmonters will not miss out on the latest restaurants or first-run movies.
The sense of community is strong, as witnessed by the large turnout for the annual Fourth of July parade that happens each year down Highland Avenue. The Piedmont Recreation Center offers a central gathering place for residents. Available for rental, it is the frequent setting for community events and parties. The beautiful grounds provide a wonderful place to hang out and play, and the wooded trail connecting the Center to the high school is the best place to take your dog to play.
A casual carpool zone on Oakland Avenue, along with proximity to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District buses, offer workers convenient commute options.
Pride in community involvement and village living are just a few of the reasons people love to live in Piedmont.



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