ICONIC MILLER WARNECKE SPANISH COLONIAL VIEW ESTATE // Before you step foot inside the intricate dutch front door, you know you’re entering a special property. Situated on over an acre of lush hilltop with carefully cultivated native plants, impressive mature agave, and with show-stopping panoramic views, this extraordinary home has been a mainstay of the East Bay’s garden society, community gatherings, and neighborhood esteem for decades. Designed and built in 1936 by iconic architects Miller and Warnecke with dramatic beams, Spanish arches, wrought iron details, large picture windows, and endless indoor/outdoor entertaining spaces, this home is both an entertainer’s paradise and an architecture lover’s dream. In the same family for over 30 years, this stunning estate is ready to be handed over to the next stewards of its lavish grandeur.
The floor plan is intimate, yet sprawling with an arched grand foyer leading to opulent public spaces including a sunken formal living room, solarium, and gracious dining room, all with stunning views that captivate instantly. The kitchen, living room, and solarium all walk out onto terraces and patios surrounded by greenery and are seemingly hidden from the world. On the main level is a master retreat with views and a large private terrace, plus 2 generous bedrooms and bathroom. On the lower level is a family room that walks out to the garden and a bedroom en suite with separate entrance. Impressively there are views and light on this level that rival the main floor because of the carefully chosen building site location.
The home is filled with intrigue as you meander through the spaces, entranced by the views and history. There are multiple opportunities for expansion potential with unfinished basement rooms, a wine cellar, as well as a separate storage room outside the living room. The large detached 2-car garage has vaulted ceilings, and below there is a large workshop with tall ceilings and windows. At the lower end of the private 1+ acre property is a large flat swath of land, currently an unused tennis court, but the future development potential of a pool and/or guest house is tantalizing.
It’s hard to decide which is the focal point of the property: the stunning architecture, the sweeping views, or the enchanting gardens that go on for what seems like forever. The Piedmont side of Montclair is a prestigious community of long time owners and newer families. The streets are lovely, tree-lined, and always has neighbors strolling to Montclair Village for coffee or the farmer’s market.