Sold $1,525,000 SOLD (List Price: $1,295,000) - Single Family Home
A splendid, light-filled 4BD/2BA, two-story Craftsman on a quiet street in Alameda, 3220 Garfield balances original details of the historic architectural style with modern, stylish updates. Redwood and Douglas fir paneling and trim, wood built-ins, pocket doors, brick fireplace, and hardwood floors add elegance, while generous updated baths, eat-in kitchen with breakfast area and walk-in pantry, recessed lighting, and newly-built, dual-level deck add convenience and comfort. Sought-after neighborhood and schools, moments from Park Street amenities, near Edison School, Lincoln Park, Christmas Tree Lane, BART, and the SF Ferry.
The plank front door opens onto a wide, high-ceilinged entryway paneled with glowing redwood and Douglas fir. The adjacent spacious living room is lit by oversized windows on three sides and features warm wood details such as picture rails, baseboards, and a built-in window seat with corner windows – an ideal place to snuggle up on a rainy day.
On the other side of the entryway, a pocket door opens onto the bright, formal dining room with windows on two sides. The traditional brick fireplace is flanked by original built-in cabinetry, and the chandelier was converted from the gas-powered lights of another era.
Through the dining room is the updated eat-in kitchen with stone counters, gas range, Bosch dishwasher, and ample cabinets. The breakfast room at one end has glass French doors that open onto the sunny backyard deck, conveniently placed for carrying hors d’oeuvres out to guests.
A hallway leads to the two bedrooms on this level, one with glass French doors out to the expansive deck. The bedrooms are connected by an airy updated bathroom lit by two skylights and a wood-trimmed window. Glass doors enclose a decorative tile shower over tub, and a stone-topped vanity features storage below the sink. A folding door opens to reveal a convenient built-in linen closet with shelves.
Upstairs, a spacious bedroom with a vaulted ceiling and large windows faces the street. Under the windows, a built-in floating bench offers an ideal perch for watching the world stroll by. Built-in shelves provide space for books or prized collectibles. For additional storage – or for use as a tiny playhouse – there is access into attic space under the eaves on either side of the room.
Another bedroom faces the backyard. The vaulted ceiling and French doors of multi-paned glass give a sense of the outdoors flowing in. The French doors open onto a shingled balcony large enough to sit with a snack and watch the sunset over the trees.
The two bedrooms share a large updated bath filled with sunshine streaming through a trio of skylights. Sparkling subway tile with decorative accents frames the shower over tub with glass doors, and ample storage is provided by a stone-topped vanity and built-in shelves.
The enclosed backyard is a perfect place for summer entertaining. A mature tree shades the lawn, and the two-level newly-built wood deck includes built-in benches and plenty of room for a barbecue and additional tables and chairs – invite the neighbors for a potluck dinner. When you’re not in the mood for entertaining, this lovely space lends itself just as well to quiet contemplation in this tranquil part of small-town Alameda.
The partially-finished detached 2-car garage is situated behind a gate in the backyard. While it could be used as a garage, with a little imagination perhaps it could also be a studio, game room, or office.