Home for the Holidays

When you think about your new home, consider the holidays and the entertaining spaces.

Turkey, stuffing, ham, sweet potatoes, green beans, mashed potatoes, olives, cranberries, salad, rolls, corn pudding, pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie.

Thanksgiving day is right around the corner, and it would be great to have a large dining room to welcome your family and friends -- a place where you could all enjoy this feast together.

As the holidays approach, entertaining moves indoors: formal dinners for large numbers, holiday parties, cocktail parties. Here are some homes that are set up nicely for entertaining, particularly for that turkey dinner.


136 Byerley Court is my listing in Alamo. A large executive home, the formal dining area has soaring ceilings and opens to the formal living area and fireplace. This five bedroom, four bathroom home has 3,751 square feet and is in Stonebridge Estates. It’s a rare Alamo neighborhood that doesn’t have freeway noise. This neighborhood is one of the few that is completely tranquil — a quiet location at the foot of Mount Diablo. The home is ideally situated at the end of a cul-de-sac. The optional fifth bedroom is downstairs, currently used as an office, and has an attached full bath. The back yard feels like a resort with a spectacular pool (a Hawkins pebble tech with beach entry and waterfall). Priced at $1,439,000. See the virtual tour. This home will be open Sunday from 1-4 p.m., or call me for a showing at 925-285-1728.


2 Tamalark Lane is offered by Mary Robbins and Mary Anne LaHaye of Empire Realty. One of six homes in a private enclave of custom-built homes called Tamalark Estates, this is a five bedroom, 4.5 bath craftsman style home with 3,879 square feet on a .40 acre lot, priced at $1,575,000. This home has wonderful details: beautiful trim around windows and doors, crown and baseboard, a stunning kitchen with white cabinetry and stainless appliances. See the virtual tour. To learn more about Tamalark Estates, please visit www.TamalarkEstates.com. For more information or to schedule a showing, please call Mary at 925-217-5048 or Mary Anne at 925-899-3900.

San Ramon

905 Bentley Oak Court is offered by Jeff Bruno of Sotheby’s Realty. This is a five bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, 3,462 square foot home on a .44 acre lot located in Bent Creek. This elegant home has a large formal dining room with fireplace. Beautiful details throughout the home include the sweeping staircase that curves into the entryway, gleaming hardwood floors, picture paneling, and crown molding. The kitchen has granite countertops and a center island. The back yard is large and private and includes a water feature and sport court. Ideal end-of-court location. See the virtual tour. Priced at $1,175,000. For showings or information please call Jeff at 925-789-0987.


2835 E Sugar Hill Terrace is offered by Sue McKinley of Golden Pacific Realty. Located in Dublin Ranch, this newer home (built in 2004) has four bedrooms, 3.5 baths and 5,115 square feet on a .28 acre lot with beautiful views. Situated across from the golf course, there are upgrades throughout the home including crown molding and plantation shutters. Priced at $1,149,888. See the virtual tour. For showings or more information, please call Sue at 925-413-2866.


9999 Longview Lane is offered by Uwe Maercz of J. Rockcliff. This is a six bedroom gated estate with five bathrooms, three half baths, and more than 8,300 square feet on nearly four acres.The style is French Chateau and this custom home has stunning grounds, an elevator, a private tennis court, a media room, a 450-gallon saltwater fish tank, a finished attic — and an indoor pool. See the virtual tour. Priced at $2,999,000. For showings or more information, call Uwe at 925-360-8758.


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