1861-1863 Magellan Drive
Located just steps from Montclair Village along the historic Montclair Railroad Trail, this turnkey Mid-Century retreat was built in 1955 and thoughtfully remodeled in 2017. Nestled into the Montclair hills, this retro, Mid-Century home embraces its wonderful 1950s aesthetic with substantial contemporary updates for today’s modern family.
The home consists of three levels, each of which has views of California oak trees and a mature eucalyptus grove that provides a soothing green screen between the house and the village below. A legal duplex with 1585 SF in the upper unit and 792 SF in the smaller unit below, the larger home has three bedroom, two baths, an open living/dining room, sun porch, and a remodeled, eat-in kitchen. The separate guest, in-law or au pair suite can generate rental income, has a separate entrance, and includes two bedrooms, one bathroom, a sitting room, remodeled kitchen, and an enclosed sun porch/dining room.
The front door at street level opens to the larger of the two homes, and leads to two bedrooms and a bathroom on the left and, on the right, a beautifully contemporary wood and glass stairway that descends to the dramatic living/dining room and the eat-in kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and sun porch. A frameless interior window on the upstairs hallway provides a striking view of the double-height living room, and creates a sense of openness between the two floors. A bedroom on the left has a pine plank cathedral ceiling with a central beam, sliding, dual-pane windows, and the home’s original golden oak floor. A larger bedroom at the end of the hall also has an oak floor, a wood plank cathedral ceiling, and calming views of a eucalyptus grove through the sliding, dual-pane windows. A newly remodeled bathroom is situated between the two bedrooms, with gray ceramic tiles on the floor and on the walls of the frameless glass, walk-in shower. The vaulted ceiling consists of pine planks, and the Shaker-style vanity has updated light and faucet fixtures.
The open living room/dining room offers a stunning vaulted, pine plank ceiling with cross beams, and large picture windows provide plenty of warm, natural light. The lovely oak floors perfectly complement the wood ceiling, and the L-shaped space flows seamlessly into the linear, eat-in kitchen. The remodeled kitchen was designed with the cook in mind, and features an elegant ceramic tile floor, new stainless steel appliances, gray quartz counters, and brilliant white, Shaker-style cabinets, all of which are tied together with a striking mosaic backsplash comprised of Carrara marble and translucent tiles that bring subtle texture to this tranquil space. The kitchen also includes a spacious breakfast nook, a generous pantry, and offers direct access to a large family sun porch.
A spacious bedroom and newly updated bathroom complete this level, and features the same elegant styling and finishes that are prevalent in the rest of the home. 1861 Magellan Dr. is structurally part of 1863 Magellan, and has a dedicated entrance on the side of the house down pressurized redwood stairs. This cozy home has a complete, beautifully remodeled kitchen, sitting room, enclosed sun porch, two bedrooms, and a fully remodeled bathroom. 1861/1863 Magellan Drive offers the best of in-town living with easy access to major freeways and BART, and the ability to walk to the shops, restaurants and schools in Montclair Village. Tremendous thought, care and vision have gone into upgrading this house for a new owner to take full advantage of all that this special home has to offer.