The Story of 5117 Harbord Drive
Exceptionally updated, this Storybook is set in the elevated refuge of Upper Rockridge, a neighborhood featuring extraordinary architecture and wide-ranging views of the Bay, San Francisco skyline and beyond. The home’s 1939 character, expressed through picturesque brickwork, diamond-pane and dormer windows, and pegged hardwoods, remains enduringly polished. Striking renovations to dine-in kitchen, bathrooms, and new family room mesh with original facets and equip the home for exalted living. In a two-bedroom, two-bathroom composition, public and private wings enjoy an ideal separation; dual wings flank a decked courtyard, open from the living room and kitchen, an outdoor extension of both.
Serene and scenic, the hamlet of Upper Rockridge woos with its tranquility and wows with its captivating views. Walkability includes a gathering-spot café and giftshop, gourmet market, and highly-rated schools. Wonderfully close to Rockridge and Montclair shopping, dining, recreation; conveniently close to highway access and public transportation, including BART.
Complementing the home, its garden setting is equally enchanting: manicured hedges encase clusters of roses, rhododendrons, olive and lemon trees in a terraced architecture laced with a brick approach to the front portico. Enter to a foyer featuring a garden-view porthole and arched opening to the living room. A vaulted wood-beam ceiling and fireplace with brick and decorative molding set a graceful, airy tone, as does seamless indoor-outdoor flow; glass doors unite the space with a covered loggia that adjoins the decked courtyard. The dining room, inset with glass-front china cabinet, also offers indoor-outdoor allure, with two divided-light doors overlooking the garden and opening to it.
Public spaces all open to welcoming, glorious outdoor attractions, including the kitchen, with a broad sliding-glass-door connection to the courtyard, flowing between it and living room. The expansive kitchen’s counters and massive peninsula showcase natural stone in lustrous charcoal, which correspond to stone flooring and are offset by milky cabinetry, farm sink plus auxiliary sink. The peninsula offers bar seating, storage, prep and serving space, and integrates two ovens that augment a six-burner Thermador range.
Accessible from the kitchen, the new family room dovetails with the original interior, integrating hardwood floors. French doors with sidelights illuminate the space and open to a stone terrace, back deck, and garden outlined by privacy-enhancing flowering vines and trees.
Both hall and master bathroom reflect recent, refined updates. The stone-topped vanity in the hall bath connects stylistically with kitchen counters and similarly contrasts with white elements, including hexagonal floor tile. The master bath’s soothing palette includes a double-sink vanity with Carrera marble.
Storage and utility includes a large attic with easy access and a laundry room off the family room.
Sunday, February 10th, 2-4:30 pm
Sunday,February 17th, 2-4:30 pm
Thursday, February 6th, 10 am-1 pm