Finding a Home with a Great Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home — where everyone gathers, especially over the holidays.

I asked my daughter what her favorite thing about our house is, and she pointed (words are so gauche when you are 16) to our kitchen.  Ah! The kitchen, of course. That was the right answer, since our recent kitchen remodel was a huge undertaking.  It’s nice to know it’s appreciated. (Thank you to Mike McDonald, our contractor who single-handledly transformed that space; and Lisa Cannelora, our kitchen designer whose expert vision made all the difference.)

The kitchen is especially appreciated over the holidays while we are baking, entertaining, and creating gourmet meals. Here are some homes with kitchens that are perfect for all of the above.


120 Paseo De Sol is offered by Don and Trudi Copland of Coldwell Banker. This is a 4 bedroom, 3.5 bath home with an amazing kitchen, designed by the renowed “Johnny Grey” of London. Situated down a country lane, this home has curb appeal and Mt. Diablo views. The attached studio could be rented out separately. So many nice details in this home including: crown molding, plantation shutters, French doors, hardwood floors. Park-like yard with pool. See the virtual tour.  Priced at $942,000. For showings or more information, phone the Coplands at (925) 362-2282.


474 Live Oak Drive is offered by Jou Jou Chawla of J. Rockcliff. This is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with 1,840 square feet located on the golf course inside the gates in Blackhawk. The kitchen, open to the family room, has new cabinets, stainless appliances, and a large center island. High ceilings throughout, and lovely golf course views. The backyard features a pool, spa, and the nice view of the golf course. See the virtual tour. Priced at $899,900. For showings or more information, phone Jou Jou at (510) 406-4836.

San Ramon

460 Bridle Court is offered by Nina Peles of Empire Realty. With a total of 5,064 square feet on a 1/3 acre lot, this home has a separate guest house of 527 square feet with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room. The main house is 4,537 square feet with 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, including a bedroom suite and bathroom on the first floor. Newer, this home was built in 2007 and features a large bonus room. The kitchen is large and open with a center island that has ample seating at the counter. Outside, the back yard is lushly landscaped and party-ready with a pool, outdoor fireplace, and covered patio. Priced at $1,475,000. See the virtual tour. For showings or more information, phone Nina at (925) 831-2488.


2555 Molinaro Way is a Braddock & Logan new home in the community of Biella at Positano. This is a 5 bedroom home with 3 bathrooms and 3,316 square feet, priced at $783,777. It has a granite kitchen with stainless appliances, gleaming hardwood floors, and many other upgrades already selected. The model home (different floorplan, upgrades may differ) is shown in the virtual tour. There are other homes available, the community will have a total of 99 homes when complete. There are three models and five floorplans, and you can see the floorplans and get more information at www.BraddockandLoganHomes.com. To visit the sales office (open Tuesday – Sunday from 10-6 and on Mondays from 1-6), Take Highway 580 to El Charro/Fallon Road exit; go north on Fallon Road; Right on Positano Parkway and follow signs to Biella.


727 Vineyard Terrace is offered by Serafino Bianchi of Pacific Union. This is a 5 bedroom, 5 bath home with 4,480 square feet on a half-acre lot. Built in 2008, this home has lovely finishes throughout. The kitchen has cherrywood cabinetry, granite countertops, high-end stainless appliances and a large center island opening to the family room. There is a carriage house over the garage with one bedroom/bathroom. Priced at $1,399,000. See the virtual tour. Open Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For showings or more information, phone Serafino at (925) 858-0649.


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