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Dazzling Orinda Estate Property

8063 square feet : 6 BR 6 BA : 1.3 Acres

Stunning, state of the art, architecturally designed Estate by Orinda’s highly regarded Richard Bartlett is comfortably situated on a flat 1.3-acre site, adjacent to the Orinda Country Club’s 13th hole.    

No detail was spared with this unique 8063 sf, 6-bedroom, 6 bath, contemporary Craftsmen designed home. Dramatic soaring ceilings, intelligent design, and quality steel frame construction. Each living space is grand in nature, livability, and size, with the benefit of solar installation.

The grand master retreat includes an office for two, complete with a casual screening area. The spacious kitchen/ family room opens onto one of the largest flat lawns in Orinda, surrounded by towering Oaks and mature vegetation.

A full size au-pair (attached ADU…your choice) with a private entrance is level out to the driveway. Perfect for entertaining and casual living with a grand flexible floor plan that flows gracefully to private and charming outdoor living.

Monica Lander, East Bay Business Times 5.9.2020

An architecturally stunning, meticulously crafted and impeccably maintained gated estate of this distinction rarely comes on the market. It commands attention in the exclusive Orinda Country Club neighborhood.

Bordering the 13th and the 4th tees of the historic golf course and a natural creek, this 1.3-acre level, park-like property offers an ideal canvas for the two-level home at 20 Hacienda Circle. Designed by Orinda Architect Richard Bartlett, the more than 8,060 square feet of beautifully styled living space includes six bedrooms and six bathrooms.

Original owners David and Dana Dormsife, philanthropists and generous USC donors, had the home built in 1991 using a steel frame construction due to the fact that David was chairman of the board of the Herrick steel fabricating company.
Sparing no expense, they crafted this spectacular home with an oversized executive office he used for board meetings and created this fabulous space that can be partitioned into two separate offices lined with dazzling custom cherry wood cabinetry.

The contemporay craftsman style showcases classic and timeless features such as soaring ceilings, rich woodwork, and walls of windows that frame the park-like setting.  Multiple sliders and French doors offer an effortless California indoor/outdoor flow ideal for entertaining and hosting gatherings from intimate dinners to large fundraisers. Wide planked Alaskan Cedarwood decks create outdoor rooms overlooking the lush landscape and views of the golf course and the ideal southern exposure. A gate provides access to the golf course that is convenient for club members.

Current owners describe the light-filled space as comfortable, livable, and warm despite its size. There are hardwood floors, all new kitchen appliances, and an updated and sumptuous master bathroom featuring a freestanding soaking tub, a walk-in shower, and a dual sink vanity. A private deck off the bedroom is a romantic and quiet retreat space under the canopy of majestic oaks with staircase access to the hot tub on the lower level.

The home’s impressive and grand foyer features a soaring dome ceiling and skylight. Columns define the entry into the formal rooms, including the living room anchored by a floor-to-ceiling fireplace with a stone surround. Tongue and groove exposed beam ceilings add tremendous volume to the already generous sized room.
The formal dining room also has a wall of windows with plantation shutters and a decorative coffered ceiling with up lighting.

A fireplace crafted from a rare Texas Fossil Rock and flanked by built-ins anchors the family room. This room flows into the large gourmet kitchen that offers lots of prep space for multiple cooks in addition to new appliances. A garden window welcomes the natural light and a view of the deck and backyard. The adjacent casual dining area also has a built-in work station. Throw open the French doors in this room for easy access to the deck and gardens.

At ground level and full of natural light is a second family/bonus room with a kitchen and bathroom which could be used as the perfect in law. There are four additional bedrooms and two full bathrooms. One bedroom has an en suite bathroom. Two walls of windows open onto expansive decks wrapped in towering shade trees. There is also an expansive game room on this level perfect for a screening room.

Age-old oaks and Japanese maples bursting with seasonal color wrap around the gorgeous park-like property.
Additional features include a tandem four-car garage currently being used for two cars and workshop. There are also plans for an elevator.

Located just east of the Caldecott Tunnel on Highway 24 and about 20 miles from downtown San Francisco, Orinda is surrounded by rolling hills and lush open spaces. Hacienda Circle is about two miles to the BART Station, freeway access, the Orinda Village and Square, and close to top-rated schools in the Orinda and Acalanes school districts. Enjoy the amenities at the private and historic Orinda Country Club including golf, tennis, fitness and aquatic facilities, and the clubhouse. Multiple nearby parks include Tilden and Briones Regional Parks, and the Lafayette Reservoir.


Floor Plans


Great schools, weather, and access to San Francisco thanks to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), as well as semirural country living makes Orinda a desirable place to live in the Bay Area. Large lots house lovely Spanish-, Mediterranean-, and contemporary-styled homes. Orinda's open spaces attract road and mountain bikers and hikers along the extensive network of trails. The proximity to Tilden Regional Park, San Pablo Reservoir, Briones Regional Park, and the Lafayette Reservoir offer plenty of options for nature lovers. Orinda's small-scale shopping district is home enticing boutiques and entertainment venues. Orinda Books in Village Square offers a reading series featuring local poets and literary notables. At the center of Orinda nightlife is the revitalized Orinda Theatre Square, anchored by the renovated, Art Deco-styled Orinda Theater. The theater is home to the California Independent Film Festival, hosts independent films and conversations with actors and actresses, and presents comedy nights and live theater performances. The California Shakespeare Theater, located in Bruns Amphitheater, presents live shows in a gorgeous outdoor setting.


Showings by Appointment:

Melanie Snow (925)360-0344 : [email protected]

Laura Abrams (510)697-3225 : [email protected]





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Melanie Snow

Coldwell Banker RealtyDRE# 00878893925.360.0344

Laura Abrams

DRE# 01272382510.697.3225

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