Sold $3,600,000 SOLD: HIGHEST SALE PRICE IN THE HISTORY OF ALAMEDA - Single Family Home
Iconic Julia Morgan** masterpiece on a rare, expansive double lot in the heart of the Gold Coast: 1232 Bay Street is an exquisite 6+BD/3BA/3Half Bath 5789 sq ft Tudor Revival, lovingly restored and renovated to a modern grandeur, sparing no expense (+/- 1.3M in renovations). Resting on an extremely rare double lot (17,250 sq ft) on arguably the most desirable street in the Gold Coast neighborhood, the home represents the best of the Tudor Revival style with its twin high-peaked gables, half-timbering, and leaded diamond-paned dormer windows, but also includes atypical elements such as Klinker brick exterior on the first floor and a covered balcony above the front entrance.
While the architectural splendor of the home has been exquisitely restored inside and out, a recent spectacular top-to-bottom renovation with no expense spared has modernized the fantastic chef’s kitchen, luxurious owner’s suite, and spa-like baths, and restored the Julia Morgan aesthetic. This stunning home also features a breathtaking solarium with leaded glass windows, five bedrooms on one level, and a basement billiard room and bar or club room with wine fridge and sink.
On the second floor, the opulent owner’s suite is a beautiful, light-filled retreat with gleaming hardwood floors and elegant crown molding, illuminated by a stunning chandelier and expansive multi-pane windows on two sides. Running the full width of the home, the suite is large enough to be configured as a combination bed and sitting area, a peaceful space for relaxing before bedtime. Two large walk-in closets provide abundant storage space, including built-ins with horizontal drop down shelves typical of the period.
The adjoining bath is itself a sumptuous, spa-like retreat with its marble floor, sparkling chandelier, jetted tub with marble surround, and a frameless glass shower with marble basketweave floor and rain showerhead. French doors of multi-pane glass open onto a covered balcony with fine metal grillwork.
The enormous attic space – originally staff quarters – has been renovated and completely remodeled as a full-service guest suite or au pair apartment. The spacious bed/sitting area is lit by charming dormer windows, and the expansive bath features diamond-paned windows, basket-weave marble floors, a marble-topped vanity, and vintage clawfoot tub.
Outside, deep beds of flowering bushes, fragrant roses, hydrangeas, and citrus trees surround the extensive park-like grounds reminiscent of an English garden or Napa retreat, with a lush lawn, burbling fountains, and sun-washed patios for elegant alfresco dining or private relaxation. At the back of the garden, beneath a lovely pergola, is an entertainer’s dream – a convenient summer kitchen with a gas grill, sink, and fridge. To one side, a spreading magnolia tree throws afternoon shade on the raised beds of a kitchen garden for herbs and vegetables.
Also on the property is the original carriage house, now converted to a 2-car garage with a convenient half bath and potting/gardening room.
**Julia Morgan – the first woman to be awarded architecture and engineering degrees from UC Berkeley, the first woman to be granted a degree from the famed Beaux-Arts School in Paris, and later the famed designer of the Hearst Castle. Designed in 1909 for investment broker George Walker, the home displays many signature Julia Morgan features, including flawless attention to detail, the spacious foyer and sense of grandeur, gorgeous mantelpieces, distinctive windows, and magnificent use of natural light.
Highlights at a Glance:
5789 square feet of living area
Formal dining room
Exquisite chef’s kitchen with breakfast bar and dining nook
2 original tile fireplaces with wood mantelpieces and elegant millwork
Original built-in cabinetry
Luxurious modern owner’s suite with opulent spa-like bath
Breathtaking solarium with leaded glass windows
Stunning period chandeliers and sconces
Spacious attic guest/au pair suite
Basement billiard room and bar/club room
Expansive park-like gardens
3 patios and summer kitchen
Detached 2-car garage and tandem parking