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A c.1885 Historic Farmhouse Victorian
Remember the days of sitting on your front porch, waving to your neighbors as they pass by and wondering what was for dinner? That’s this sort of house…
First time on the market in 61 years, this historic c.1885 Farmhouse Victorian has been lovingly cared for and occupied by the same family, and still maintains much of its original charm and details. In need of a little TLC and imagination, this historic home has amazing potential!
Open the front door and you’re graced by a long, curved staircase. You just know kids slid down this way back when. Look around, and you’ll see some of the original hardwood floors, picture rails, and other architectural details. The living room looks out over the front yard and onto Broadway, then meanders into the formal dining room. There’s a spacious, eat-in kitchen (opening onto a partially-enclosed sunporch), laundry/pantry, bedroom and full bathroom, all on the main floor.
Upstairs, you’ll find three more bedrooms and a full bathroom with a clawfoot tub.
During the 1950’s, this property served as a duplex, with the front upstairs bedroom serving as the living room, the middle bedroom as the kitchen/dining, and the rear bedroom overlooking the backyard. Since the early 1960’s, it’s been used as the originally-built four bedrooms (including the one on the main).
In the 2000’s, the sellers completed a full foundation replacement, added a new roof, electrical panels and upgrades, and installed dual-paned windows throughout (many with plantation shutters).
And then there’s the outside!
The fenced backyard boasts two side-by-side storage sheds, with lights and electrical – one used as a workshop, one for seasonal storage (oh, the holiday decorations that lived in here!). There’s a prolific orange tree, and yard, garden area, and another shed/playhouse. And… a large patio area, that’s perfect for outdoor entertaining, a tricycle or two and loads of playroom. Move the gated fence and you’ll have an even longer driveway, secure RV/boat parking, or room for an enormous set of raised-bed gardens!
Centrally located just blocks from the Alameda Marketplace, Park Street shops and restaurants, top-rated schools and easy commute options. Stop by the newly opened Island Savoy Market on Lincoln, then bike over to Crown Beach for a leisurely afternoon picnic or hop on the Alameda Ferry to hit the San Francisco Farmer’s Market on the weekend. Public transportation, commute routes, and all the Bay Area has to offer are so close by. What a wonderful place to call home!
Please note: Some rooms have been 'virtually staged'.
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'll find a variety of homes in Alameda from spacious single-family homes that have been fully renovated or restored, 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. With only 80,000 residents, the population density is less than half of San Francisco. Alameda is incredibly walkable, with many 'Slow Streets' for strolling, and a 25-mph speed limit throughout most of the island.
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: Trabocco--known for its authentic Italian cuisine and hands-on owner; Wild Ginger--Featuring some of the best hand-pulled noodles around; La Penca Azul--A family-owned favorite for over 25 years, they are also well- known for their taco truck; and of course, the wines and spirits over at Hangar One. 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 has 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. There's also a downtown 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!
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