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

Vintage details
•  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.


Piedmont, a two-square-mile city within the borders of Oakland, was incorporated in 1907 and was known then as “The City of Millionaires” because there were more millionaires per square mile residing there than in any other U.S. city. Today, their large, estate-like homes are still standing in the heart of Piedmont, reminding residents of its glitzy past. Homes in Piedmont range from those estate-like homes in central Piedmont with expansive grounds to more modest homes on the edges of town. Well-manicured landscapes prevail and the city’s stringent permitting guidelines ensure all of the homes maintain their original flavor. The commercial area of town is small, featuring several banks and one gas station. Mulberry’s Market, a specialty food store with ready-made meals, caters to gourmet taste buds and is the frequent morning coffee stop for parents and after-school hot spot for kids. Piedmont’s proximity to Oakland’s many big-city amenities ensures Piedmonters will not miss out on the latest restaurants or first-run movies. The sense of community is strong, as witnessed by the large turnout for the annual Fourth of July parade that happens each year down Highland Avenue. The Piedmont Recreation Center offers a central gathering place for residents. Available for rental, it is the frequent setting for community events and parties. The beautiful grounds provide a wonderful place to hang out and play, and the wooded trail connecting the Center to the high school is the best place to take your dog to play. A casual carpool zone on Oakland Avenue, along with proximity to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District buses, offer workers convenient commute options. Pride in community involvement and village living are just a few of the reasons people love to live in Piedmont.


Showings by Appointment:
Contact Rebecca Erdiakoff
510.339.0400 x334
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Contact Angela Wei Grubb

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Rebecca Erdiakoff

Realtor® AssociateThe Grubb CompanycalDRE#

Angela Wei Grubb

Broker AssociateThe Grubb CompanycalDRE# 00679667510.339.0400 x202 office510.912.5202