The breakfast nook – surrounded by a curved glass wall and copper turret roof – might be the first thing you notice about this Bay Area luxury home in the Market for 2 , $ 25 million.
Or, maybe it’s the incredible privacy.
The 3,329-square-foot home at 8445 Wildcat Drive in El Cerrito, Calif. Sits on the edge of Wildcat Canyon Regional Park on half an acre lot with mature trees and stunning views of the rolling hills of the canyon. The view can be taken from a large wraparound deck outside or through large interior windows.
“The first thing is probably confidentiality,” said Dave Ayala, sales manager for a wine and spirits company. “The whole back of the house, beyond the property line is the whole park. No one can build behind me, or on the other side of me. Just having that privacy of being on the deck … ”
The deck overlooks a backyard shaded by oak trees, which grew wild before Ayala settled there. Lovingly shaped by an arborist, the trees are healthier than ever, he said.
Or is the kitchen the most remarkable feature?
“The kitchen is one of the other big focal points in the house, and just being in the kitchen and having that view in the background has always been a lot of fun,” he added.
And that brings us back to the glassed-in breakfast nook with its copper turret roof.
Like many other employees, Ayala’s wife joined the WFH movement during the COVID-19 pandemic and spent most of her working days in the breakfast nook.
“That’s where most days she’s working is in the breakfast nook, because it’s so cool. She makes a lot of Zoom calls, and she would be asked if she was in a virtual context or not, ”Ayala said with a chuckle. “And she would just take her laptop and say ‘No, this is where we live.'”
With three bedrooms and three bathrooms, the residence features spectacular architecture and high ceilings. Design details include knotty pine wood floors in a herringbone pattern. The chef’s kitchen is equipped with a gourmet stove and a huge bay window over the sink which overlooks trellises of mature vines.
“This rare estate offers a peaceful secluded country retreat and offers the opportunity to host important gatherings,” according to the official listing.
An architect designed the house, built in 1996, for himself and his wife. Ayala paid $ 950,000 for the house in 2014. He estimated that he had invested $ 300,000 in improving the house. He did a lot of the work himself.
“No, I am not a builder,” he said. “Growing up, I was taught a lot of things.”
The house has been on the market for over 40 days, but Ayala knows there is a buyer who will fall in love with the house and thinks it is just as cool as him and his wife.
“This is one of those houses where you have to love it,” Ayala said. And my wife said, ‘you know, it’s not for everyone, it’s only for cool people. “And that’s exactly what it is. It’s only for cool people because if you don’t really understand, and you’ve got to have things a certain way, you’re just not going to be there. ‘enjoy. But you sort of go with that.
The small hillside vineyard cultivates Pinot Noir grapes. The yard also has Meyer lemon, pomegranate, apricot, cherry and persimmon trees, as well as table grapes.
“Lovers of two and four will appreciate the level grassy area,” the listing says.
There are two garages for two cars. The house has an incline, a track Ayala calls “the roller coaster,” which can be used to bring races (or even the elderly) down from the level garage to the main house instead of using the stairs.
Another feature of the property stands out at certain times of the day, Ayala said.
“The way we’re set up on the hillside, at sunset the house will be shaded,” Ayala said. “And then you’ll see that the hills in the background are all still lit up. It’s really cool. Especially if sometimes you have the fog starting to come in. And then you have the hills all lit up in the background. ”
The house’s listing agents are Grace Bishop and Kim Markison of Red Oak Realty.