243 Michelle Lane
The Fine Detail
Evoking Mediterranean flair, 243 Michelle Lane provides unparalleled views and privacy. This architecturally beautiful home is situated on a 1.1 acre parcel in the rolling hills of Alamo. Taking cues from a sprawling European villa, the 6,565 +/--sq. ft. estate is appointed with 5 generous bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and distinctive design elements throughout. From the façade, a wisteria-swept portico adds color to copper rain gutters and downspouts set against a Ludowici terracotta tile roof. Decorative tiles in the entryway feature artful flourishes that were hand-painted in Portugal. Arched garage doors and windows are married with ornate ironwork and an impeccably landscaped exterior.
Inside the residence, hickory floors merge with plaster walls and vaulted entryways. Endless windows deliver abundant natural light and provide stunning views from every room in the house. An elevator and Lutron lighting lend modern touches to the traditional aesthetic. Premier materials abound, from 8-foot Antigua Doors and William Ohs Cabinets to Marvin windows. Coffered ceilings ornament a formal dining room and expansive living room, equipped with two sets of French doors and a grand mantle. A stately study with soaring ceiling is furnished with a vintage, cast-iron fireplace. The unique fireplaces adorning both the family room and study were obtained from a Detroit mansion, reportedly crafted in the early 1900's.
Beyond the formal living and dining rooms, a spacious kitchen frames sweeping views of the Las Trampas Hills and gives way to a butler’s pantry, wine fridge, and breakfast nook. Adjacent to the kitchen, an inviting, fireplace-clad family room with tall coved ceilings offers hilltop views of the rolling greenery beyond. Appointed with custom built-ins throughout the home, one bookshelf reveals a secret spiral staircase, sourced from France, that leads to a theater room and extensive 2000+ bottle wine cellar.
At the west wing of the house, a voluminous master bedroom, framed in windows with spectacular views, supplies morning light to a sunny sitting area. Furnished with a hand-painted fireplace garnered from Florence, the master bedroom is outfitted with French doors that open to a private terrace that overlooks a bubbling fountain. The adjoining master bath provides heated floors, jetted soaking tub and spa-like steam shower.
Outside, topiaries frame a terraced garden that houses an infinity pool, open-air barbecue, and patio area perfect for al fresco entertaining. Seemingly secluded, yet minutes from downtown Alamo, 243 Michelle Lane is the quintessence of modern day luxury. Located on a sleepy street with spectacular views of Round Hill Country Club and Las Trampas Hills, the villa is a private paradise with unmistakable European elegance.
“In Alamo, an unincorporated area of Contra Costa County, you can see kids riding their horses along the sandy streets of the outer neighborhoods. Large, custom homes in contemporary and French Country styles on half-acre lots define this tranquil town in set amongst the Northern California oak countryside.
At the foot of Mount Diablo, Alamo offers seclusion, serenity, and tranquility. Parks and trails are plentiful, including The Iron Horse Trail, a 33-mile multiuse pathway that connects the communities of Concord and Dublin. Andrew H. Young Park, Hap Magee Ranch Park, Livorna Park, and Rancho Romero School Sports Field and Park feature volleyball courts, picnic and barbecue areas, open-air gazebos, and dog parks.
Downtown Alamo is anchored by the Alamo Hay & Grain store, which sports a fiberglass statue of a life-sized Palomino on its roof. Locals hang out at the Alamo Cafe, Cherubini Coffee House, and Bagel Street Cafe.”