Sold $1,691,191 SOLD (List: 1.295M) - Single Family Home
Gorgeously Maintained Colonial Revival on Coveted Bay Street; Huge Expansion Potential; Major Structural Improvements
Built in 1910, 1161 Bay Street is a stunning, spacious, and light-filled home in Alameda’s Gold Coast neighborhood. With 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and a host of fine amenities, this remarkably elegant property is sure to impress.
A circular layout and high ceilings provide and open and flowing feel to the lower level. The foyer welcomes with new hardwood flooring, a stained glass window, and a contemporary hanging fixture. A large coat closet offers convenient storage and access to additional sub-stair storage.
The main living room is bright and inviting, with a classic feel—with original hardwood flooring, large front windows providing neighborhood views, wood-burning fireplace, and chair rail and crown molding. The space openly adjoins with the formal dining room.
The incredible formal dining area is rife with style and sophistication; coffered ceiling beams give a touch of grandeur, balanced by the delicacy of built-in lead paned glass China cabinetry at the room’s far end.
Vintage style cabinetry and countertop add charm to the home’s exceptionally expansive kitchen, and a large bay window over the sink looks out into the back yard with a view of the garden and a magnificent oak. Appliances include a stainless steel LG range and backsplash. A roomy pantry offers great additional storage space, and a corner desk nook provides a handy extra surface.
Also on the lower level are a powder room/half bath, and a tucked away laundry area with farmhouse-style wainscoting.
The stairs leading to the home’s upper level are newly refinished beautiful hardwood, which continues throughout the second floor. Here, two generously-sized bedrooms are bright, airy, and offer views of the back and side yards. Both feature large closets with French doors, one of which includes added shelving within.
The master suite is voluminous and lovely—with windows looking out across the neighborhood, regal crown and chair rail molding, and space for multiple side seating areas, the space feels open, fresh, and sanctuary-like. A walk in closet is deep and fitted with added shelving, with the remodeled master bath nearby.
Also on this level is a wonderful seating area: cozy, quiet, and sunny, this is a perfect place for reading or relaxing.
The hall bath has been fully remodeled and updated, with subway tile, tub, and modern fixtures. A linen closet offers added convenience.
Accessible from a drop-down ladder in the upstairs hall, this home’s attic is an enormous, climate-controlled and windowed space. With appropriate renovation, it offers great possibilities as an additional bedroom, studio, or recreational space.
The basement, hand-dug and expertly constructed by the current owner, offers even more spacious opportunity. Steel-reinforced concrete walls and beams add seismic stability, while vent-less temperature control and moisture collection systems, and abundant power outlets make for an all-around thoughtfully designed area. Especially enticing is the large separate shop room, perfect for accommodating projects of your own.
With a back yard adjacent to Weeden Pool (an idyllic swimming spot under shared ownership of the nearest neighbors), you’ll enjoy a serene space for unwinding or entertaining. The brick patio is surrounded by fully landscaped mulched gardens: a fountain ripples in the corner, while roses, camellia, azalea, magnolia, and birds of paradise provide a lush atmosphere. At the center stands a majestic oak, skillfully cared for throughout its years to create its compelling forms.
The front lawn boasts dogwood trees, mulched gardens around the perimeter of the house, and a matching brick pathway to the front door.
The extended driveway parks three in tandem, and off-street parking is easily available.
Here at the south end of Bay Street—only a block from the lagoon—traffic is low and community spirit runs high. Nearby schools include Franklin Elementary School, Will C. Wood Middle School and Donald D. Lum Elementary School. Come take a look at this beautiful home in Alameda’s Gold Coast.