Your Sanctuary Above the Clouds

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Julia Temple & Patricia Young present:

Rare Hilltop Jewel

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Property Description

271 Monte Vista Ridge Road is known as "Valhalla"---a haven on the hill that rises above the fog with dreamlike views.  This wonderfully private 5BR/4.5BA estate, overlooking Contra Costa Briones's open space, offers nearly one and a half acres of land with inspiring views of sun-drenched hills and nearby reservoirs. A rare chance to own an iconic hilltop retreat!

The beauty of this location is only exceeded by the residence itself. Combining the finest elements of East-West design, this elegant home features superb craftsmanship throughout. Step through the majestic entry to discover pure tranquility – an atrium and stone-encircled koi pond, with an overlooking meditation room, greet you.  

Like every inch of this 4300+ sq ft residence, the living room and formal dining room are works of unparalleled beauty.  Flooded in natural light, a rarity for the area, the soaring ceilings and a dark stone hearth entice. Savor ample room for art display as well as entertaining.  The chef's kitchen, complete with a quartzite island merges with an expansive wrap-around deck leading to the pool, jacuzzi, and gazebo—a sanctuary enveloped by flowers and trees. The spacious great room is perfect for entertaining, flowing seamlessly to al fresco dining under the stars.

Kodama's architectural brilliance shines through in the multi-level primary suite. A luxurious spa-like bathroom with a soaking tub is your private retreat. A second suite anchors that wing, while three more spacious bedrooms, each with its own deck access, allow spectacular views. 

The sculpture garden can become your dream yard with endless landscaping possibilities, room for bocci and tennis courts, and potential ADU*, inlaw-suite or artist's studio. A three-car garage and expansive driveway offer ample parking just minutes from Orinda's top-ranked schools, shopping, and spectacular biking and hiking at Grizzly Peak. An easy commute as well to San Francisco and Marin. 

Truly one of a kind,  271  Monte Vista is the best Orinda has to offer. The residence, with its treasured art collection, has played a prominent role in the Bay Area's cultural scene, hosting multiple musical salons and community benefits.  Few will ever have a chance to experience a home of this size, elegant simplicity, and remarkable design so close to the city.  Come experience the magic!


*Buyer to thoroughly investigate if interested.

About this home's










  • 4,347 sq ft
  • 60,000 sq ft lot
  • Pool with a Jacuzzi
  • Three car garage
  • Five Bedrooms 
  • Four and half bathrooms 
  • All bedrooms are en-suites
  • Pool with jacuzzi
  • Great room leading to the pool and gazebo
  • Updated kitchen with quartzite counters and tile backsplash
  • Wrap around deck
  • Built-in Security system
  • Stereo speakers 
  • Private 
  • Hardwood floors 
  • New carpet in the bedrooms
  • Separate laundry room
  • Dual-zone heating and air conditioning 
  • Expansive outdoor space
  • Views of Briones Canyon and reservoirs 
  • Close proximity to award-winning schools
  • Easy commute to San Francisco and Marin
  • Many hiking trails close by
  • Short distance to downtown Orinda and Bart

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We will be hosting a broker's tour and a private event. Please contact Julia Temple directly for details. 

All other showings are by appointment only. 


Julia Temple
(510) 759-3677
[email protected]

Julia Temple


Realtor® Associate

It's a lifestyle!

DRE# 01429857

510.759.3677 mobile

Patricia Young


Realtor® Associate

DRE# 01912306

925.588.8083 mobile

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271 Monte Vista Ridge Road

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.