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An exquisite, light-filled 4BD/3.5BA, two-story Craftsman on Alameda’s most coveted Gold Coast street, 1327 Bay boasts a rare configuration of three en suite bedrooms (with additional fourth bedroom/office on the same level), sprawling yard, organic gardens, solar power (owned), as well as a partially finished detached garage with ADU potential*. The home balances original details of the historic architectural style with distinctive modern updates. Period details include high ceilings, wood wainscoting and trim, traditional built-ins, inglenook and brick fireplaces, leaded glass windows, and gleaming hardwood floors. The spacious chef’s kitchen with breakfast area and skylights opens onto an expansive deck with organic gardens and fruit trees beyond. The yard also features a hot tub, level playing areas, and abundant plants and flowering shrubs, providing the perfect setting for summer entertaining or relaxing at the end of the day. Centrally located near Franklin Park and School, Park and Webster Street amenities, beaches, cafes, and the SF ferry, the home offers the finest in Alameda living.
Towering trees ground the home in its history, and the traditional pillared porch is an ideal place to take your morning coffee and put your feet up while you soak in the tranquility of the front garden and chat with passing neighbors. Inside, large casement windows flood the gracious living room with natural light, and a distinctive inglenook fireplace of rustic brick flanked by built-in shelves and bench seating adds a vintage charm.
Anchored by a stone-topped island with built-in 6-burner Dacor gas range and dual oven, the enormous open chef’s kitchen has been beautifully remodeled with stone countertops and backsplash, abundant cabinets, a stainless steel farm sink, and microwave drawer. At one end of the kitchen, a generous breakfast nook features corner banquette seating and modern open shelves for your cookbooks or kitchen collectibles. Dual skylights invite the sun, and a glass door to the rear deck is flanked by tall window panels creating a gorgeous indoor/outdoor flow.
Adjacent to the kitchen, the formal dining room is a study in elegance with sunny double-hung windows and built-in window seat overlooking the front porch. A traditional brick fireplace and period built-in hutch with leaded glass cabinets graces one wall. Also on this level is a convenient powder room and a laundry room with utility sink, front-loading washer and dryer, and a multi-pane glass door to the back deck.
Upstairs, four bedrooms open off the spacious landing. The gracious owner’s suite is a private retreat featuring a sitting area with leaded glass casement windows overlooking the front garden. The adjoining bath has been remodeled with a tiled walk-in shower with decorative accents, dual vanity with large mirror, and recessed lighting.
Adjacent to the owner’s suite, the secondary bedroom is also en suite with a sitting area and adjoining full bath with walk-in shower, stone-topped vanity, and open shelves for storage. A third en suite bedroom enjoys double-hung windows and a sloping ceiling that follows the roofline for a vintage feel. The modern bath features a shower over tub with tile surround, tile vanity, and linen closet for storage. The fourth bedroom overlooks the sunny rear garden and would be suitable for a home office, if desired.
The expansive rear garden is enclosed for privacy, and perfect for entertaining. Shaded by a towering eucalyptus, the newly-built redwood deck runs the width of the home and a brick patio provides plenty of additional space for a neighborhood barbecue or quiet alfresco dining. A Cove 2000 hot tub is the ideal spot for relaxing after a hectic day. Several raised planting beds offer a ready-made opportunity for growing your own organic fruits and vegetables, and a storage shed provides space for garden implements and tools.
Down the street from Franklin Park Pool and School, near the twice-weekly farmer’s market, Crown Memorial State Beach, and moments from excellent Park and Webster Street amenities. Elsewhere in the city, the small-town sensibility of Alameda is evident in its twice-weekly farmer’s market, picnic areas and summer concerts at Crab Cove, Crown Beach with its annual sandcastle competition, the longest 4th of July parade in the country, and twice-yearly art and wine fairs.
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Alameda began as a peninsula just south of Oakland and is now an East Bay island with a laid-back feeling all its own. You will find a variety of homes and condos for sale in Alameda including cozy apartments, spacious single family homes that have been fully renovated, and gorgeous luxury mansions where no expense was spared. 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 conditions. Historic Queen Anne's, more than 1,500 ornately decorated Victorians, and California Craftsmans are some of the most desirable homes here along its tree-lined streets. Although Alameda is a little off the beaten path, the city has a laid-back vibe all its own. One of the unique elements of Alameda is its population: with only 80,000 residents, the population density is less than half of San Francisco, and similar to the density found in Oakland. Alameda is incredibly walkable. When locals want to explore the various shopping, landmarks, museums, and dining, they usually head to Park Street. Start your day with a visit to the Alameda Museum. Since 1948, the museum has preserved the rich history of this unique island city and offers both locals and tourists an opportunity to learn more about the great island of Alameda. After a day at the museum, there are plenty of great restaurants to choose from, including: Monkey King Pub and Grub: Featuring a unique mix of Asian-fusion cuisine, crafty cocktails, and delicious draft beer, this is also a great happy hour hangout. La Penca Azul: A family-owned favorite for over 25 years, they are also well- known for their taco truck. Original Red Onion: If you love great, locally-sourced food in a family-friendly atmosphere, you will absolutely love this restaurant. Civic pride runs high in Alameda, and many of the city’s older buildings have been fully restored or repurposed. The Alameda Theater on Park Street was restored to its art deco glory, while the Alameda Free Library was transformed from the Carnegie Library into a multimillion-dollar showplace that earned a Silver LEED certification. Alameda is also a great place for outdoor activities. Robert W Crown Memorial State Beach is the perfect place for wind-surfing and taking a morning run near the beach. Alameda is a great place to live if you love a vibrant atmosphere with plenty of festivals and activities to enjoy. One of the trademark events in Alameda is the 4th of July Parade, which features horse-drawn carriages and truly embodies the small-town feel of Alameda. Other popular events and festivals in Downtown include a Spring Festival in May and a Classic Car Show in October. No matter the time of year, there is always something fun happening in Alameda.