12 Dolores Way, Orinda 94563 -- For Sale
Marketed by Gordon Phillip Allen - 800-837-3999. To see this home, call Gordon today!
MILD "Fixer" opportunity on mostly level 1/2 acre, gorgeously landscaped grounds
A TRULY RARE OPPORTUNITY! Price to Sell Immediately at $575,000!
No Rear Neighbors - Backs to Permanent Open Space
The Ultimate Privacy!
Non-Through Street, Walking Distance to Schools
Super Quiet Area!
The owners have amassed a considerable collection of rare and beautiful plants which are placed in mixed plantings with hand-picked rocks, covering one third of the property. The different garden rooms created are organised with individual color groupings and provide a changing display throughout the seasons.
Small shrubs are closely interplanted with bulbs, perennials, unusual ornamental grasses and variegated bamboos, roses and a multitude of ground covers, herbs and ferns, forming islands of bloom joined by brick pathways. All the arbors and trees are coverd with flowering vines and climbing roses, making a stunning display in Spring and early Summer, with the re-bloomers continuing on through December.
Plum, Peach (white), Apples (6 different varieties), Fig, Alpine Strawberries, sweet European Bay, culinary herbs
6 self watering herb planters on the deck; large raised wooden bed with generous edge seating - 48 sq/ft; Prepared veg. bed in the upper terrace 3'x16'
Prime Orinda Hills Location
Walking distance to Del Rey, OIS and Miramonte
Expanded home with more potential for Style Change
• 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms; Master Suite w/fireplace • Extra Large Family Room
• 2,119 Square Feet • .52 Acre (22,800 SqFt)
Read About the Garden
• Open Floor Plan, Vaulted Celings in Family Room
• Freestanding fireplace in living room, Fireplace in Master Bedroom, 3rd fireplace in family room removed
• 2 Car Garage converted to 2 bedrooms
• 2nd Fireplace in Living Room; 3rd Fireplace was removed in Family Room,
• Vaulted beam ceilings. 2 Furnaces
• Laundry Room/Pantry. 220 for dryer.
Most of the plants have been culled from rare plant nurseries all over the country, one f which, surprisingly is local, Moraga Gardens Nursery. Many of the bulbs and some of the roses are not available commercially ,and have come from the breeders themselves. There are daffodils from Jerrell and Dubose; Iris ( Bearded, Spuria,Pacific coast hybrids) and Daylilies from Ben Hager ; many different found Roses from old rose collectors and hybrid Buddleias from Demits. The daffodils are on the uncultivated hill area and along the sloping mulched road frontage (30 clumps) where they will not be overwatered in summer; the roses and others are integrated into the mixed plantings inside the deer fence.
This garden is a NO SPRAY ZONE. The Roses selected are mostly antique varieties and therefore disease resistant - any problems are transitory. The combinations of mixed plantings, and wild uncultivated areas encourages natural insect predators. Several compost heaps on the property supply soil and nutrition, but once a year a small handfull of general rose fertilizer is tossed at the base of the roses and fruit trees. The property was a poison oak forest, ten years ago. A combination of cutting and clearing, then selective Roundup spraying was used. The uncultivated portion of the hillside is still in the process.
WATER - Each group of perennial plantings is laid with soaker hoses. A main hose can be attached and there are timers on both inner garden faucets.
WEEDING nad PRUNING. Most pruning needed in the autumn and late winter. Early summer is the time for a major weeding effort with spot maintainance thoughout the year.
Reports: Pest Report Repairs only $1,630; Roof Estimate coming for re-coating maintenance; French Drain system installed
* All measurements are approximate; informtion herein deemed reliable, but not guaranteed
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