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Looking for your post-pandemic dream house? Welcome to this concept-forward home with soaring ceilings, open communal spaces and flexible options for serene solo time. Well perched atop a private driveway with sky views, this home was custom-designed for the owner in 1979 by Linda Rhodes for optimal energy-efficiency. Multiple atrium spaces trap and recirculate heat, passive solar tubes function to pre-warm hot water. Added solar panels and a new roof in 2012, a new EV charger in 2020 and now it’s time to pass the baton.
Reality has shifted. The way we think about home has changed. When square footage and flexible spaces are the new gold rush, here you can re-imagine the synthesis of home and work. Atrium doors open for fresh airflow to receive and entertain guests without entering the main house. There’s a roomy wrap-around deck for outdoor gatherings. Think sustainability: Indoor solar farming year round.
The main floor bedroom has a modern full bath and separate entry. Currently the laundry is located on the second level - keep it as is or utilize the full bath plumbing in the walls making it potentially 3 en-suite bedrooms.* A separate laundry room on garage level. The expansive garage has windows and plenty of room for stockpiling, creative projects and storage. Cabot is a coveted and tranquil street - so close to the Montclair village and Transbay bus that you won’t need a car.
Features include an indoor spa under the stars, wine cellar, hi-efficiency furnace and AC. Custom cabinetry and built in shelving. The main floor bedroom has a modern full bath and separate entry. Currently the laundry is located on the second level, keep it as is or utilize the full bath plumbing in the walls making this a house of 3 en-suite bedrooms. A separate laundry room garage level. The expansive garage has windows and plenty of room for stockpiling, creative projects and storage.
*Buyer to verify with city. Neither seller nor listing agent has verified the accuracy of any of these sources of information.
2,703 sq ft - per public records
Tahoe-like setting and style
Flexible floor plan
Energy efficient design
Fully owned solar panels
Glass-enclosed cedar-paneled spa room
Black stone gas fireplace
Custom-built cabinetry and built-in shelving
Greenhouse sun porch off living room
Terraced backyard with mature planting
Huge 2 car garage with EV car charger
Plumbed for 3rd full bathroom
Fresh paint throughout
Gleaming hardwood floors
Hot water loop
PSL and sidewalk compliant
Easy hop to Montclair Village shops, restaurants and Transbay bus
The house was built in 1979 to be as energy efficient as possible. Linda Rhodes was the architect on this house and also on the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Using the solar credits, the windows were double paned and the insulation was R35 throughout. Dimmers were put on all the lights and the hot water was run through black tubes to preheat it. The water is plumbed so that hot water will come out of any tap within 10 seconds. Because of the South-south-west exposure, the house is filled with light. There is either sun or shade on the side or back deck depending on the time of day or year. The greenhouses were designed to trap heat and recirculate it by opening doors or windows.
There are solid oak floors and stairs. The room divider, kitchen cabinets, and book shelves upstairs were all handmade by a Japanese wood worker in San Francisco. The bathroom tile upstairs is Vilroy and Bosch and there is a hot tub under a green house, that is fully functional.
Many updates and additions have been made. I installed solar panels when I replaced the roof in 2012. The panels are owned free and clear and will pass on to the new owner. There is now an EV charger in the garage. There is a Ring doorbell on the front door, ready for the new owner to connect to their cell phones. The pump under the house creates good water pressure. The downstairs bedroom was made for my mother. The suite cuts off from the rest of the house with a sliding door and has its own exit.
One of the features I have enjoyed is the ability to talk with guests while I am cooking. The appliances are placed so it is easy to unload the dishwasher and put the dishes away. From either the dining room or the kitchen you can access dishes, glassware, or food cooking on the stove. I love the Chambers stove because of the large burners and wonderful broiler/pancake grill.
My favorite room has been the library/bedroom. I filled the shelves with all the books I had collected. I could look out at the volunteer redwood tree and enjoy the light. I cannot say enough about the light that streams into the house. I am always aware of the seasons because I know where the sun rises and sets. The moonlight streams into the downstairs bedroom at certain times of the year and so I referred to that room as the moon room.
I have enjoyed the privacy of being the top house on the hill, away from the street. I planted the redwoods in the backyard around 1980 and they are a great screen from my neighbors. They really enhance privacy. I have an informal agreement with neighbors at 5666 Cabot to each leave one spot open on the parking pad for easier turn around.
It has been my great privilege to have built this house and enjoyed it for over 40 years. The Montclair trail has been great for dog walking and the village is only three minutes away by foot The neighbors on the driveway have made this a wonderful place to live.
~ Ann Meyer
Tucked away in the wooded hills and winding streets above Oakland, Montclair is a small community with an appealing central shopping district. Sizable custom homes, along with a mix of Mediterranean, Craftsman, and contemporary-style homes are situated on forested lots, offering an elegant retreat from the city. The Montclair Business District is a throwback to a simpler time before strip malls, megamalls, and big-box stores. Residents can find everything they need, from dry cleaning and groceries to restaurants. Local restaurant favorites include the Montclair Egg Shop, Flipper’s Gourmet Burgers, and Crogan’s Montclair Restaurant. Gourmet specialty items are available at Le Bonbon, and Farmstead Wine and Cheese. A farmers market on Sundays provides fresh local produce and baked goods. Montclair is home to fine-arts festivals throughout the year and a jazz festival in the late summer that enlivens the street scene.