Meredith Peterson’s Orinda Observatory In SF Biz Times
March 28, 2017
Would you pay $6 million for this East Bay home with its own star observatory?
Astronomy buffs, you may just have hit the real estate jackpot — as long as you have $5.75 million to shell out for this East Bay home with its own retractable rooftop observatory and the region’s second-most powerful telescope.
The six-bedroom, four-bathroom house built in 2000 has 6,428 square feet of living space on almost four acres in the Sleepy Hollow neighborhood of Orinda. Located at 111 Tappan Lane, the home was designed by architect/design team of Wendy Tsuji and Frank Frost, who are best known for renovating eateries Bar Agricole and Rintaro.
The property’s major selling point is most likely its own observatory, with a retractable roof and 16-inch, Meade telescope with a computerized smart drive, the second most powerful privately owned telescope in the East Bay. The telescope is anchored to its own 40-foot pier and provides a 60-degree view from Mt. Diablo to Mt. Tamalpais, as well as powerful close-ups of the night sky’s planets and constellations.
Other amenities include a solar-powered electrical system, wine storage for 1,000 bottles, custom windows, a gourmet kitchen, three-car garage and a separate hobby room. The property is also close to Orinda’s well-known country club, with quick access to Highway 24.
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