Spoken For $1,195,000 List Price - Single Family Home
On the edge of Alameda’s coveted Gold Coast, 1423 Saint Charles is a bold and elegant 4BD/2BA Neoclassical Rowhouse where rich classic style blends with convenient modern upgrades. Exquisite period features include gleaming hardwood floors, soaring 10 foot ceilings, wide bay windows, antique pendant lights with elaborate ceiling medallions, brightly patterned Bradbury and Bradbury wallpaper, push-button light switches, and colorful stained glass. Lovingly refinished redwood doors, archways, and trim glow in the afternoon sunlight. Modern upgrades include an expansive eat-in kitchen, remodeled bath, and finished basement in-law quarters with separate entrance. An enclosed back garden is a tranquil retreat with mature landscaping and expansive pavered patios. Centrally located near Franklin Park and School, the home is moments from Park and Webster Street amenities, beaches, cafes, and the SF ferry. With a walkability score of 88 and a biking score of 77, this home offers the best of Alameda living.
Steps lead to a traditional pillared porch with decorative trim and a transom window above the front door. Inside, chair rails and colorful patterned Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper enhance the beauty of the spacious foyer lit by a vintage pendant.
In the gracious living room, warm hardwood floors bask in the natural light streaming through the wide bay window, and the coved ceiling is embellished by gorgeous, intricate wallpaper. An ornately carved period fireplace features decorative tile, and a mirror reposes above the antique mantle. A second bay window fills the adjoining dining room with light, and a gleaming built-in hutch offers space for storage and display.
Beneath a distinctive embossed copper ceiling typical of the 19th century, the large eat-in kitchen has been stylishly remodeled with a custom breakfast bar supported by an antique newel post, stone-topped counters and copper backsplash, abundant cabinets, a gas cooktop, and built-in oven and microwave. At the far end of the kitchen is a laundry room with a sliding glass door onto a small deck – a perfect place for morning coffee or relaxing while dinner simmers on the stove.
On the other side of the hallway are three bedrooms. The largest of the three boasts high casement windows of stained glass, a delicate mural of birds and flowers, and a ceiling adorned with colorfully patterned wallpaper. The remaining two bedrooms also feature beautifully wallpapered ceilings and borders, as well as large double-hung windows, and antique pendant lights.
The expansive bath has been remodeled in the style of the Victorian era with burnished wainscoting, a cistern toilet, period pedestal sink, and freestanding clawfoot tub with shower. A marble-topped cabinet provides storage for the fluffy towels and bath salts needed for luxurious soaks, and two sets of casement windows with stained glass panels add a colorful touch of elegance.
On the lower level, the finished basement offers potential in-law or guest quarters with a private entrance, spacious living area, bedroom, huge walk-in closet, and a full bath with step-in shower.
Shaded by a magnificent camellia tree, the enchanting back garden is a private grotto with a lush lawn, gently bubbling fountains, and mature hedges and trees. Two expansive pavered patios create a perfect space for afternoon barbecues or sophisticated evening entertaining under the stars.
The Gold Coast enclave is an elegant neighborhood near Alameda’s finest amenities and moments from Robert W. Crown Memorial State beach, a two-and-a-half mile stretch popular for windsurfing, kiteboarding, and an annual sandcastle competition. Elsewhere in the city, the small-town sensibility of Alameda is evident in its twice-weekly farmer’s market, picnic areas and summer concerts at Crab Cove, the longest 4th of July parade in the country, and twice-yearly art and wine fairs.
Custom window coverings
Sprinkler and drip system, front and back
Off-street tandem parking
3-story reinforced concrete foundation