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Sublime Spanish Style Home


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Set atop a generous Piedmont parcel is a sublime Spanish Style 4 bedroom, 3 bath home. Infused with warm natural light, architectural character, and a seamless connection to the surrounding gardens and tiled patios, its’ easy to see why this special home is just now available for the first time in decades.  Beautifully renovated kitchen and baths add to its allure while a lower level suite with private entrance offers sought after multifunctional space, prized in today’s living. Exceptionally located in a favorite neighborhood close to schools, parks & playfields, this is a wonderful opportunity for your own private villa.

4 Bedrooms - 3 Baths

2,502 Int. sq. ft. - 7,062 sq. ft. Parcel

Constructed 1925


Gardens are healing, restorative, nurturing spaces where we can become better attuned to ourselves, increase our resiliency, connect more with the traditions and cultures that define us, and work to actively create the world we want to live in.”

- Leslie Bennett, Portsmouth Garden Designer

Pine House Edible Gardens & Author The Beautiful Edible Garden



22 Portsmouth Garden Descriptions:

Our overall aim for your property is to enhance the beauty and productivity of your three main back garden areas. You already have a beautiful home and the existing hardscape provides the perfect canvas for an enhanced planting that will complete the composition and add character and productivity to each outdoor space. In our planting choices, we have aimed to ensure food and cut flower production throughout the seasons.

The side patio design approach is sunny, low-maintenance, warm and floral.  Our planting has a few showy and unexpected flowers (winter and summer blooming) mixed into interesting plant groupings of perennial edibles (mostly citrus), evergreen perennials and architectural succulents.  The palette of greens, splashes of chartreuses, soothing blues, and burgundy accents play nicely off the warm colors of the patio and house.  Please take a look at the plants shown in the following Pinterest link – https://www.pinterest.com/Pine_House/nunan-side-patio -- for a sense of the overall look we are envisioning for this space.


The back patio bed design is shade tolerant, lush, edible, and floral. The color scheme we’ve used includes green, silver, and variegated foliage, with blooms in blue and peach tones. Because this is such a key view from your kitchen, we have really focused on evergreen plant material and have included a number of winter-blooming plants along with warm-season blooms, for year-round interest.


The overall visual effect we’ve achieved in your kitchen garden area is traditional and floral, with a mixture of lush flowers and structured evergreen ornamental plants, alongside some of your favorite fruit trees, berry vines and veggie beds. 


For more details, please take a look at the attached plant lists, plan drawings and also read our kitchen garden plan description below!

Kitchen Garden:

The design for your new kitchen garden is a mix of edibles and ornamentals tied together by a sophisticated color palette of greens, silvers, blues, and blooms in pinks, peaches, corals, purples and blues. Upon entering the kitchen garden space, there is a central low container (or bowl), filled with culinary herbs and strawberries in the center of a formal, potager-style entrance.  On the other side of the bowl is a bench backed by a lush, floral background of roses, lavender and small-scale Italian cypress.  The four corners of this center space are marked by four Mandarin oranges under-planted with lavender, fragrant scented geraniums (edible), catmint and Santa Barbara daisies (both major pollinator-attractors).

To the left of the formal entrance are the raised wooden veggies beds.  On the fence around the veggies are blackberries, red raspberries and golden raspberries interspersed with roses and under-planted with a mix of flowering blue catmint, strawberries, hens and chick, and ornamental grasses.  On the back side of the deck, along the pathway leading to the downstairs apartment is a flowering clematis in a gorgeous dark purple and an passion vine that will produce edible purple passion fruit.


On the right side of the entrance is an orchard with four fruit trees.  These include an apple (we suggest a multi-graft option with 3-4 varieties of apples on one tree), Warren pear, Santa Rosa plum and Blenheim apricot.  These four trees will be under-planted with ground-cover Chamomile, which can be harvested and used for tea and medicinal purposes.  The wall in the orchard will be covered by a beautiful, peach colored climbing rose under planted with variegated sage, catmint, red hot pokers in a very pretty warm colored shade called Orange Vanilla and some upright Tuscan rosemary (our favorite culinary variety).  Under the wall is a planting of two different varieties of blueberries (for maximum cross-pollination and fruit production).  Across from the wall is an arbor with Concord grapes on one end and red table grapes on the other.  The style of this wooden arbor maximized production and looks very beautiful.  The other addition to the orchard is a cutting garden of summer blooming flowers. This will provide color all summer and be another fun way to interact with the garden.

- Garden Completed 2019 

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The Grubb Company


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22 Portsmouth Road

Piedmont, a two-square-mile city within the borders of Oakland, was incorporated in 1907 and was known then as “The City of Millionaires” because there were more millionaires per square mile residing there than in any other U.S. city. Today, their large, estate-like homes are still standing in the heart of Piedmont, reminding residents of its glitzy past. Homes in Piedmont range from those estate-like homes in central Piedmont with expansive grounds to more modest homes on the edges of town. Well-manicured landscapes prevail and the city’s stringent permitting guidelines ensure all of the homes maintain their original flavor. The commercial area of town is small, featuring several banks and one gas station. Mulberry’s Market, a specialty food store with ready-made meals, caters to gourmet taste buds and is the frequent morning coffee stop for parents and after-school hot spot for kids. Piedmont’s proximity to Oakland’s many big-city amenities ensures Piedmonters will not miss out on the latest restaurants or first-run movies. The sense of community is strong, as witnessed by the large turnout for the annual Fourth of July parade that happens each year down Highland Avenue. The Piedmont Recreation Center offers a central gathering place for residents. Available for rental, it is the frequent setting for community events and parties. The beautiful grounds provide a wonderful place to hang out and play, and the wooded trail connecting the Center to the high school is the best place to take your dog to play. A casual carpool zone on Oakland Avenue, along with proximity to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District buses, offer workers convenient commute options. Pride in community involvement and village living are just a few of the reasons people love to live in Piedmont.