Take a step back in time to the elegance of this stately Victorian manor! With its sweeping staircase and inviting vestibule, this gracious home hearkens back to an earlier era. Built circa 1885 as one of three sister properties, this 3BR/2BA home has been lovingly restored with keen attention to architectural integrity, while at the same time updated to today’s demanding standards, including electrical, plumbing, heating and seismic upgrades. Period details abound, from the exquisite Carrara marble fireplace surround and mantel to the sumptuous gilded mirror, lustrous walnut handrail and newel post, artistic ceiling medallions, regal double parlor, stunning pressed tin ceiling, and dazzling chandeliers.
Savor how the light streams through the custom-designed etched windows that provide both privacy and illumination. At the same time, high ceilings enhance the sense of spaciousness and amplify the generous 2100+ square feet of interior living spaces. The home’s beautiful finishes – from the hardwood floors, designer paint colors and dramatic light fixtures – create a rich, inviting warmth that will appeal both young and old.
Certain to be a central gathering place in the home, the stunningly remodeled kitchen boasts gorgeous granite counters, solid maple cabinetry, top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances, including a five-burner range and Viking side-by-side refrigerator, plus attractive built-ins that provide abundant storage. The cozy adjoining breakfast nook invites one to linger over a cup of coffee or enjoy casual conversation with friends.
Just a few steps away from the kitchen is a showcase remodeled bathroom with marble flooring, a granite-top vanity, an oversized granite shower with a frameless shower door, and upscale fixtures that include a watering can shower head.
For privacy, ascend to the spacious master suite and relax by the warmth of the gas fireplace. Two generously sized bedrooms nearby provide additional space for family and friends. For exterior serenity, head out to the charming deck with a cool glass of iced tea or lounge beneath the towering Cedar tree with a favorite read. Jane Austen, anyone?
Opportunities abound to further re-imagine the home and augment the value of the current amenities. Create a garage or workroom out of the original carriage house. Finish the dramatic attic to create additional living space. Cultivate a vibrant garden in the backyard.
The home is conveniently located near Alameda’s rich resources . . . including the Alameda/San Francisco ferry, the convenient Transbay bus, abundant shopping, quaint coffee houses, fine dining, numerous bike paths, a lively farmer’s market, and the former Alameda Naval Air Station. Freeway access, downtown Oakland and Chinatown and twelve years of schooling are minutes away by car.
A gorgeous melding of period detailing and modern conveniences, 1406 Santa Clara Avenue is framed in elegance and is sure to delight even the most discriminating buyer.
Alameda was once a peninsula, connected to the Oakland docks. In 1902 a canal was dredged to enable easier shipping access, and that turned Alameda into an island. Which is just the way Alameda residents like it. Just a little different, a little isolated, a little off the beaten track, Alameda has a laid back vibe all its own. Despite its close to 80,000 residents, there's still a small town feeling in Alameda.
A 4th of July, complete with horse drawn carriages embodies the small town feel in Alameda, which has preserved much of its Victorian housing stock, cottages, and central, walkable shopping district along Park Street. The Alameda Theater on Park Street was recently restored to its art deco glory. Civic pride runs high here - the former Carnegie Library, the Alameda Free Library was transformed into multi-million dollar showplace that earned a Silver LEED certification. Kids play soccer on former parade grounds of the converted army barracks. Crown Memorial State Beach and Shoreline Drive attract wind surfers.
With more than 10,000 buildings constructed before 1930, there is a rich and varied architectural heritage in the area playing a role in Alameda's real estate market. Historic Queen Anne's, more than 1500 ornately decorated Victorians, and California Craftsman along its tree lined streets are some of the most desirable homes here. Approximately 10,000 students enroll in the Alameda School District each year, attending eight elementary, three middle and two high schools.