217 Hillside Avenue
Built in 1913, this stately Colonial Revival home has been part of Piedmont’s storied architectural history for more than one hundred years. A rare offering, in that it has only been owned by the Leach family since its construction, this true treasure is ready for its next steward. Located on a tranquil, tree-lined street just two blocks from “downtown” Piedmont that offers Mulberries, banking, City Hall, and 13 years of outstanding public schools, the property is in the most desirable and convenient, truly central location.
217 Hillside is an impressively handsome home, the façade designed with symmetry in mind. The house has complementary windows that frame the first floor, a pair of large triple windows on the second floor, and a gracious, decorative covered front porch that is framed by Doric columns.
Inside, the classic floor plan consists of very spacious living and dining rooms that are situated at the front of the home and offer barrel ceilings and many decorative period mouldings. The gracious living room includes the original mantel and irons and is flanked by the built-in lawyers bookcases. Space for a grand piano and more – let your imagination flow!
The stately dining room is covered with elegant silk fabric of a bygone era and has a vintage gas fireplace, leaded glass windows, wide baseboards, and beautiful built-in sideboard cabinets. This home offers hardwood floors throughout as well.
Up an imposing staircase are the four generous sunlit bedrooms: two that face the street, one that faces the impressive San Francisco and Bay Bridge view, and one that faces the lovely garden and large oak trees. Two of the bedrooms have en suite baths, and the other two have a Jack and Jill bath between them. In between the bedrooms there is darling sunroom that is surrounded by a shining panel of stained glass in green and yellow which casts its cheery glow onto the upper landing. At the base of the steps to the attic is a tiny sewing room or perfect little nursery (future laundry area?) to round out the upstairs level.
The attic is a place where dreams are made! A winding staircase leads to this special hiding spot – the best place to see a panoramic view of San Francisco, the Bay, and Bridges! Watch your step! It’s not completed, but potential galore! C.S. Lewis couldn’t have dreamed of a better place to write his children’s stories! Down below is a full basement – tons of potential storage and access!
A long driveway belongs to the property and can accommodate tandem, off-street parking. There is also a detached garage.
This grand home, graciously set back from the street, is truly a lovely example of the late 19th/early 20th century architecture for which Piedmont is so well known.
Notable Features of 217 Hillside Avenue
• Built in 1913
• Stately, elegant home
• 3,238 SF*
• 9,100 SF Lot*
• Pest, home, roof, chimney, plumbing, sewer reports
• Expansive garden
• Off-street parking
• Central Piedmont location
• Close to downtown, Mulberries, Express Bus, I-580
• Oak floors
• Barrel ceilings
• Two fireplaces
• Built-in china hutches/cabinets
• Soaring columns
• High ceilings
• Picture rails
• Wainscot paneling
• Formal living and dining rooms
• Four++ bedrooms, bonus space
*Square footage is derived from public records. Neither seller nor listing agent has verified the accuracy of the information.