Home For Sale in Orinda: This Stunning Sleepy Hollow Retreat is Part Love Story, too!

It’s always exciting when a one-of-a-kind property is offered for sale but I am particularly pleased to announce this rare opportunity: 4 Ridge Lane in Orinda is now available to purchase!


4 Ridge Lane, Orinda - Exterior

4 Ridge Lane, Orinda

5 Bedrooms / 4.5 Baths • 4750 Sq. Ft. +/- •  2.53 Acres

On Broker’s Tour: Tuesday, July 14, 10am-1pm

Shown by Appointment Only

Enter this Sleepy Hollow property through its private, gated drive, and you’ll quickly see why this stunning Orinda retreat garnered press attention when its custom home was completed in 1995, including features in House Beautiful and the San Francisco Examiner.

The word that comes to my mind is magnificent, but its many synonyms might do equally well: splendid, spectacular, impressive, striking, glorious, superb, majestic, awesome, awe-inspiring, breathtaking. Pick your favorite! 

4 Ridge Lane, Orinda - Interior 1


Designed by San Francisco architect William Turnbull, this spacious 5-bedroom home also very quickly earned the California Council of American Institute of Architects’ Merit Award for Best Designed New Single-Family Residence.


4 Ridge Lane, Orinda - Kitchen + Family Room


4 Ridge Lane. Orinda - Family Room + Library


In the December 1995 House Beautiful article, prominent architecture critic Martin Filler wrote, “Turnbull’s indifference to stylistic fads and his respect for terrain and regional tradition give his work a timeless integrity that embodies the Bay Area Style at its best.”


4 Ridge Lane, Orinda - Exterior 2


Is it any wonder that, two decades later, this home continues to impress, not only for its curb appeal, floor plan and material choices, but also for the ways in which the design integrates with the land, including how it maximizes views and natural light?

4 Ridge Lane: So Much to Love

What I love is that the story of 4 Ridge Lane is the tale of one family, two homes – and a 40+ year love of their property’s land, views and a majestic Valley Oak.

Walk the property today and it’s easy to understand.

Tucked on a rare 2.53-acre parcel at the end of a prominent ridge, surrounded by protected East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) watershed lands, this magnificent piece of property features a hard to find combination of level land, natural allure, and 300 degree Eastern, Western and Southern facing views showcasing phenomenal sunrises and sunsets and sweeping panoramas of the Orinda Country Club, Sleepy Hollow, Orinda Downs, and the East Bay and Berkeley hills.

Filler summed it up with the title of his House Beautiful article: “Love at First Site: A Bay Area couple replaces their old house with a superb new one that makes the most of spectacular views.”

These vistas enticed the homeowners to buy this Sleepy Hollow property in the 1970s, even though they didn’t really like the original contractor-built sales home that was on the property at the time.

2 decades later they were ready to build their dream home but had no interest in leaving the setting they had come to love. So they commissioned Turnbull to create the perfect design that held strong to their desire to maximize those views and preserve mature landscape while achieving everything on their dream home wish list, including generously sized rooms and extra work spaces.


4 Ridge Lane, Orinda - Master Suite


4 Ridge Lane, Orinda - Secondary Bedrooms


When you tour 4 Ridge Lane, you’ll see that the result really is magnificent – inside and out, from big design elements to the quality of the smallest details.

There is even an attached studio that includes a separate entrance and creates a flexible space perfect for au-pair quarters, home office, fitness center, or multi-generational use.


4 Ridge Lane, Orinda - Guest Studio


What does all this mean for lucky home owner #2?

The hard work is done. All you need to do is unpack and prepare to fall in love with the 4 Ridge Lane lifestyle, too!

Click here for more photos and information, including a long list of 4 Ridge Lane’s fit and finish details.

Questions? Contact Dana Green at or 925.339.1918

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