Sold $1,745,000 SOLD (List: 1.695M) - Single Family Home
Timeless Romance; Modern Amenities – An Enchanting Home in the Heart of the Gold Coast
Built in 1889 by the distinguished A.W. Pattiani in the Queen Anne Style (one of the most notable and en vogue architectural designs of the Victorian era), 1120 Morton has been lovingly maintained to preserve the richness of its distinctive features, while thoughtfully introducing elegant modern elements. With 5 bedrooms and 3.25 baths, located on cherished Morton Street in Alameda’s Gold Coast, this is a home that should be experienced first-hand in order to fully appreciate its exquisite grandeur.
The home’s expressive exterior bears many hallmarks familiar to those of its ilk: a prominent front-facing gable, polygonal tower, painted columns, fish scale siding, and small-paned windows. A lower pediment and framed panes on the upper facade feature radial sunburst relief woodwork, painted in a unified palette.
Roses, camellias, and Japanese maple adorn the front garden, where a pathway leads to a wide, welcoming staircase. Opening the magnificent period wooden front door, one immediately sees the extent of the preservation and care invested in the home; it truly feels like entering a bygone era of class and opulence. Twelve foot high ceilings soar, Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper ornaments the walls and ceilings in a tasteful array of designs, and crystal chandeliers hang elegantly.
The foyer itself showcases a fireplace, seating areas, and a spacious coat closet. Entering the main living area/parlor, wide oak plank floors glow in the light of the front bay window. Intricate designs in the room’s wallpaper provide a beautiful sense of symmetry with wide-ribbon borders and delicate, interwoven geometry.
Back-to-back fireplaces add the splendor of the lower interior, where the living room adjoins with the formal dining area. Each fireplace features a distinct, ornately-milled mantelpiece, unique hearth tiling, and decorative iron grating. A lavish chandelier hangs central in the dining space, sparkling in the light of side bay windows.
The home’s incredible kitchen makes use of plentiful mahogany cabinetry encircling a large central island. Especially notable are the grand hood spanning the island’s width, the rich koa floor, and the thick, swirling deep green granite countertops throughout. Cabinet doors feature leaded glass, and a stained glass window adds color and delicacy. The island houses a Thermador 4-burner range with grill, and a nearby full pantry provides additional storage.
Continuing on the lower level, a side hallway provides access to a bedroom, a full bath, and the master bedroom. Both bedrooms connect with the spacious bath, which includes a built-in dresser and storage, and a tub. The master bedroom has a seating area against a bay window backdrop, while the other bedroom provides two roomy closets. Vintage hardware, such as doorknobs and hinges, and ceiling medallions, add remarkable detail.
Toward the rear of the house, an additional bedroom with shelving offers various possibilities as a library, study, or office space.
Imagine breakfast or tea in the window-lined solarium, where Andersen French doors open to the back patio. Hardwood flooring continues throughout the area, which provides abundant space for seating. The room connects to a full bath with beautiful granite countertops, a stained glass window, and a glass-paned, walk-in shower with lovely tile work.
The home’s upper level showcases a tasteful introduction of more contemporary design, with its wide, open plan, exposed beams, and a ceiling that follows the contours and angles of the home. An excellent space for play or entertaining, included is a pool table with an elaborate, hand-carved frame, a full wet bar, and a huge wall-mounted flat screen television. Bay windows offering excellent neighborhood views line the interior of the tower, the open ceiling of which extends upward toward its peak–a delightful touch.
Also on the upper level are two bedrooms and a full bath featuring a glass-paned, walk-in shower and skylight, making this home a great option for multigenerational families, or those wishing for an au pair, guest, or in-law space.
The home’s sublevel contains a laundry room with washer and dryer, double cast iron and porcelain utility sink, and a quarter bath/water closet. Deep, easily accessible storage space extends through the length of the house. Also accessible from the sublevel are the attached 3-car tandem garage, and the back yard.
A neighboring oak towers over the rear outdoor area, where a multi-level deck features an archway, latticework, and hot tub. Jasmine and gardenias grow, as do drought-tolerant plantings throughout the mulched garden. A lit pathway leads to a central magnolia; citrus trees bud nearby. Bamboo sways near a secondary patio and seating area, near what once was the old carriage house. The space offers possibilities as an outdoor studio, or additional storage.
With extensive, careful research behind its current design, 1120 Morton is a truly awe-inspiring experience in a highly desirable neighborhood. Franklin Elementary School and Franklin Park are moments away down this peaceful, tree-lined street. We’re proud to present such a faithful model of Victorian style–and are excited to invite you to explore for yourself.