Property Details

1200 Saint Charles Street, Alameda

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Sold $3,400,000 SOLD (Highest sale in Alameda's history) - Single Family Home
6000+ Sq Ft5 Bedrooms4 Bathrooms1 Car Garage Print this page


Situated in the heart of Alameda’s Gold Coast, on nearly 3/4 of an acre overlooking a lagoon, is this exquisite, designer-renovated estate with 6000-7000 square feet, four levels, guest house, sport court, swimming pool, detached garage, lushly landscaped grounds, and a spectacular collection of period details and modern amenities.

Bewteen 2-3 million dollars have been spent completing this magnus opus of the owner/Interior Designer who has spared no expense to create an astonishing trophy estate for the most discerning homeowner. Every inch of this expansive property has been thoughtfully designed to create an enchanting destination property where comfort and luxury are are wedded to a sumptuous feast for the senses.


A Colonial Revival, built in 1898 by Marcuse & Remmel; house, grounds, and pool completely renovated in 2000-2003 by owner/Interior Designer, Rockridge Builders and a crew of dedicated artists and craftspeople.

Home featured in the SF Chronicle; kitchen featured in Alameda Magazine; Alameda Historical Home Tour; St. Joe’s Garden Tour and location for numerous community events, including the Alameda Hospital Board Annual Luncheon and public school fundraisers.

Property Features: 

• Approximately 3/4 acre of land, including access to original seawall at lagoon

• Renovated sports court with two backboards; net can be lowered/raised for tennis or volleyball/badminton

• Renovated pool with custom-colored interior; tiling; flagstone deck and automatic rolling security cover

• Spa added in renovation; custom-colored interior; hand-chipped flagstone surround to resemble well; cover

• 23 ft deck added off the family room; travertine flooring; secured storage

• Irrigation and controlled landscape lighting over entire property

• Extensive French drainage system added; 5 sump pumps located on property

• Original 100+ year old Oak Tree and Magnolia; added dogwoods; magnolias; hydrangeas; fruit trees; climbing roses; buxus balls and flowering shrubs, shade garden

• Custom iron decorative elements; railings and gates throughout property and home

• Property sits along lagoon and includes a 10′ access into the lagoon for a dock

• Recycling and repurposing were integral to the extensive renovation

• Security System in main house and guest house; camera at front door/around pool

• Recirculation hot water system throughout main house

• Heated floors in full baths

• Ample storage thoughout

• All windows and doors are Anderson; dishwashers are Miele or Kitchenaid; commodes are Kohler or St. Thomas; all bathroom fixtures are Rohl or St. Thomas

• Natural stone throughout home on floors and countertops

Main House:

• 6,000 – 7,000 sq ft of living space on 4 floors

• Five (5) bedrooms, four (4) full baths; two (2) powder rooms. three (3) fireplaces; one wood burning with gas logs; two gas units

• Gourmet kitchen with Sub-Zero Full Refrigerator with maple hand-distressed stain and Rocky Mountain custom handle in distressed bronze, Viking 6-burner Gas Stovetop; Electric and Convection Oven(s), wall-mount pot filler, high-powered hood with light and warmer in custom designed hood, hand distressed beams throughout

• Kitchen/family room (over 1,000 sf) feature eat-in area, built-in desk/workspace, built-in buffet with limestone, custom maple cabinetry with hand-applied faux distressed stain, pull-out shelves, storage peg board interiors and limestone countertops, 8-foot Island with antique marble countertop; incorporating: Miele dishwashe, Franke Insta-Hot water, Franke stainless steel farmhouse sink

• Pantry with custom cabinetry, two (2) SubZero freezer drawers, custom colored cement countertops; sink with pull-out faucet; garbage disposal; ice maker

•Family Room with entertainment bar and SubZero wine refrigerator, limestone countertop

• Formal dining room with French door leading to Juliet balcony overlooking pool, original faux fireplace with hand-stained, custom colored and distressed original-to-home mantel

• Formal living room with Rumford fireplace and gas logs; original hardwood floors with parquet inserts and original pocket doors

• Exquisite collection of original hardwood floors with unique parquet insets in each of the common rooms

• Library/office with original hardwood floors with parquet inserts and original pocket doors

• Formal entry and spacious sitting porch

• Custom front door and restoration glass on all feature windows inside and out

• Solar panel system – 50+ panels on two levels of roofing

• Electric dumbwaiter (500 lbs. capacity) runs on all 4 floors

• Laundry chute access on all floor; empties into rolling cart at laundry in basement

• Two separate HVAC units control front and back of the entire house

Second Floor (Bedroom Wing):

• Spacious master suite with fireplace, entertainment alcove, niched and designer lit ceiling, large walk-in closet with closet organizers, as well as a spa-like master bath with stone finshes, window seat, steam shower, towel warmer, bidet, and views of lagoon

• Two large secondary bedrooms each with ample stoarge, gorgeously renovated Jack and Jill bath, wonderful views and a shared enclosed porch area with walls of windows and space to play or create

• Fourth bedroom/guest room is a second master suite — a large and gracious room with ensuite bath featuring a large air-jetted soaking tub with heated back

Full Legal Basement: 

• Home theatre with surround sound, hand-stained cement floor

• Pool table with ping pong conversion

• Laundry with sink, custom-color cement countertops, dishwasher, undercounter refrigerator

• Game closet

• Craft/wrapping room with cabinetry and custom work table

• Storage (Costco) cupboard with shelving and upright freezer

• Five (5) storage closets for off-season clothing/sporting equipment; one has pet door

• Secured wine cellar with shelving (not refrigerated)

Third (Top) Floor: 

• Gorgeous, private master suite with widow’s walk/private balcony; several closets; dumbwaiter; laundry chute access; unique views of Alameda, bay and SF

Guest House: 

Featuring gas fireplace, sleeping nook, kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher and custom-stained cement countertops, full bathroom with outdoor access to use as changing room/pool guests; top of the line fixtures, custom designed vanity with all-in-one custom stained cement sink/countertop, HVAC and Security System, French doors open to deck overlooking original seawall and lagoon; natural zen garden, Dutch entry door, hand-stained cement flooring, ceiling fan, automatic skylights in main area

Other Amenities:

• Pool House/Storage

• Two-car detached garage with built-in workbench, custom garage door with opener, exterior access keypad; utility sink; skylights (formerly used as home gym)

• Hand-built playhouse from Pennsylvania on foundation with electricity and water; adult height interior space can be used for yoga studio; garden/potting room when kidsare grown, sleeping loft, skylight/vent


Come home to 1200 Saint Charles — the perfect setting for an extraordinary life.