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Hot Property: 40 North Hill Court

An enticing contemporary with stellar views stands tucked in a court near Highlands Country Club and Highway 13 in Oakland. From the street, the home’s linear design and sharp angles don’t divulge its secret that some of Bay Area’s best vistas await inside.

“The unassuming facade doesn’t prepare you for this stunning and truly special home,” said Carla Buffington of Pacific Union Real Estate, who is co-listing 40 N. HillCourt with Maria Cavallo-Merrion for $2.995 million. “The front hallway guides you to the back of the home, and the rotunda introduces the knockout views and unparalleled style of this one-of-a-kind home. This is one of the coolest living spaces we have ever seen.”

Boasting four-plus bedrooms and 3½ bathrooms, the contemporary view home offers almost 5,400 square feet of living space. Glass walls open to a tiled terrace overlooking San Francisco Bay, and the open floor plan makes the home ideal for entertaining.

Built in 1994, the home includes a pair of master suites, a den and a two-car garage. The hillside home sits on a little more than half an acre of pristine landscape.

Viking professional appliances outfit a designer kitchen finished with textured tile walls, dual ovens and a griddle. There’s also a catering kitchen with GE Monogram appliances that accesses the garage.

“It makes it easy to throw parties for 10 people or 100 people,” Buffington said.

A bar area adjacent to the dining room includes an ice maker and wine refrigerator.

The great room features a gas fireplace as gallery walls complement the oversize picture windows. One side of the living room boasts sliding glass walls that open to the rear terrace, providing superlative indoor/outdoor living.

Both master suites reside on the main level. The largest includes a closet with custom built-ins, as well as access to a terrace. A standalone tub anchors a spa bathroom complete with a stall shower, dual vanities and tile walls. Picture windows in the bathroom overlook Oakland, the bay and tree-studded hillsides.

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Listing agent:

Carla Buffington and Maria Cavallo-Merrion, Pacific Union Real Estate, (510) 919-8841,