Luxurious Living in Piedmont

What's better than a grand Tudor-style estate? One that's located in the prestigious and highly coveted town of Piedmont, of course!

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What's better than a grand Tudor-style estate? One that's located in the prestigious and highly coveted town of Piedmont, of course. On the market for the first time in 22 years is this stately Piedmont residence, which is currently owned by Kenneth Rawlings, the man behind Otis Spunkmeyer cookies. Priced at $6.9 million, the ornate spread exudes old world charm, much like the town of Piedmont itself. View the listing.
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55 Sea View Avenue was built in 1931 by Axel Cederborg and custom designed by famed architect Albert Farr who was a Piedmont resident himself. Farr designed various other homes in this affluent East Bay enclave.
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Both the facade and interiors exude a sense of old world charm and are reminiscent of a European castle. The home measures 9,336 square feet and boasts this traditional English entryway and main hallway.
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A view of the elegant living room that features paned glass windows, an impressive fireplace that is traditional Tudor-plaster and carved wood, as well as a pargetted ceiling with quatrefoil and fleur-de-lys design.
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This sun room is the perfect spot to unwind after a long day. As sun pours in through the windows, take a seat and enjoy the amazing views of Lake Merritt, downtown Oakland and the San Francisco Bay.
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Surrounded by Oakland, the town of Piedmont is one of the most desirable spots to live in Northern California. With a population of only 11,000, living in Piedmont feels like you're in a small town, but with the luxuries of urban life mere minutes away.
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Although the home was built in 1931, the pad has undergone extensive renovations, including an update to the gourmet kitchen. Rawlings, the current owner, totally renovated the home after purchasing it in 1988. The renovations aimed to incorporate modern luxuries, but at the same time maintain the home's original charm and details.
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The updated kitchen would thrill any chef. It comes complete with oak floors, green granite countertops, gas and electric cook tops, side-by-side Sub Zero refrigerators and freezers, and a large butler's pantry. What more could a cook (or, an Otis Spunkmeyer baker) want?
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A view of the grand formal dining room that includes a swanky chandelier and red clay plaster walls, which according to the listing is "known to stimulate the appetite."
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Tired of lounging in the sun room? Step into the sitting room, which features original wooden-beamed ceiling, ceiling fixtures, and built-in cabinets.
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If you're thinking that the only thing missing from this home is a ballroom then hold that thought. The stunning estate comes with everything, including this ballroom. The home has served as a venue site for numerous weddings, reunions and fundraisers over the years.
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Step from the ballroom through the double wide plaster arches and enter the Billiard room.
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This isn't a typical dingy billiards hall -- this one boasts spectacular garden and Bay views.
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The crib is perfect for a family (or a buyer with lots of house guests) -- the home features seven bedrooms and ten baths.
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If only every master suite had such stunning views and a private deck.
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The luxe master bath (remember, there are 10 total baths), comes with a freestanding, burnished 19th century reproduction vessel tub, his and her sinks, and a steam shower.
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We can't imagine getting much work done in this home office that includes a mini-fridge and a large screen pivoting TV.
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The house may have undergone some renovations, but this magnificent sweeping view has remained.
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The crib features seven bedrooms, three of which have en-suite bathrooms.
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A view of the fitness room. In addition, the home boasts private guest quarters with its own entrance situated over the garage. The guest quarters include two bedrooms, two baths and a living room area.
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The estate is chock full of gorgeous patios that overlook the highly-manicured backyard.
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Garden party, anyone? This home has hosted dozens over the years.
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A view of the swimming pool and spa.
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A peek at the mesmerizing views of San Francisco and Oakland.
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